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Ghana Premier League preview: Asante Kotoko vs Liberty Professionals

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Ghana Premier League

Baba Yara Stadium

2nd November 2013

3 : 15pm

 

Two of the Ghana Premier  League’s  top side clash on Saturday lunch time when George Lamptey  takes his 6th placed Liberty Professionals side to Kumasi to face early pacesetters Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Both teams have tasted defeats in their opening nine fixtures and are separated by seven points, a victory for either side will therefore represent a big result

Both teams also have had a full week to prepare for the contest after Liberty who seems to have recovered from a shaky start  to the season.

Liberty who comfortably defeated  Edubiase last weekend will come into this game really confident and high in belief after an outstanding performance which catapulted them to 6th place with seven points adrift of Kotoko  whereas Kotoko, who are in a strong position in the league and have a good opportunity at home  to turn this around  and have to respond well  after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at away to Heart Of Lions.

The Scientific Soccer lads will be in Kumasi with in-form striker Michael Appiah , who so far  has proved a great impart on the pitch with  scored four goals, with all his goals coming in his last five appearance.

The former Asokwa Deportivo man is a complete, versatile striker  armed with lethal shot and renowned for his impressive technique and creativity in winning balls.

Kotoko’s rearguard and midfield comprising of Akuffo and Jordan,who has already proved he still has the quality to operate at the highest level,  will need to ensure he is not afforded any time or space on Saturday or it could be a long afternoon for the Porcupine Warriors.

Probable Line-Up

Kotoko XI : Isaac Amoako – Amos Frimpong, Eric Donkor, Kwabena Adusei, Abeiku Ainoonson – Jordan Opoku, Michael Akuffo, Michael Helegbe, Richard Mpong – Yahaya Mohammed, Abdul Aziz

 

Liberty XI : Yaw Berko – Anthony Nimo, Alfred Nelson, Tuffour Emmanuel, Richard Antwi – Tuaha Sheikh, Daniel Kodieh, Latif Abubakar, Yaw Clevor – Louis Marfo,  Michael Appiah

 

Recent Form: Last Five Matches

 

Kotoko:  W W L W L

 

Liberty:  L W W L W 

 

 

Match Prediction:

An intriguing match which on paper should be a great contest full of attacking football , neat passing and goals. Liberty have been in scintillating form of late and will no doubt start the contest as favourite but Asante Kotoko have the quality to beat anyone on their day.

Both teams have had a relatively easy run of fixtures so far but this clash represents the beginning of a sustained period of difficult games which will go a long way to determining just how lofty their ambitions really are.

Getting something from the Baba Yara Stadium will be a great thing for Liberty but Kotoko will be dangerous after their defeat last weekend.

 

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