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GPL Preview: In-form Hearts of Oak takes on AshantiGold

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 Source: ghanasoccernet.com

Hearts of Oak have been 100% since head coach Frank Elliott Nuttall switched to a 3-4-3 formation following their 5-0 humiliation by WAFA SC weeks ago.

The Phobians have won all the three matches within the period, scoring seven goals and conceding none.

The new 3-4-3 system will be put to litmus test when they host rejuvenated Ashanti Gold SC at the Accra sports stadium on Wednesday.

Any form of win for the capital club could see them in the second place on the league table if Aduana Stars falter in their fixture.

Stalwart defender Inusah Musah remained sidelined with an injury but Robin Gnagne is expected to be fit for the big game after suffering a knock last Sunday.

Winful Kwaku Cobbinah won't be available for selection due to his stint with the national team.

Ashanti Gold SC hope to continue their resurgence by at least picking a vital point from their visit to Hearts of Oak in the midweek.

The visitors moved out of the relegation zone for first time after several weeks when they walloped Inter Allies FC by 3-0 to make it three straight wins.

They have also scored seven without conceding in the process.

The Miners are now one point above the last three teams on the league log.

New signing Appiah McCarthy is still out with an injury.

The season's top performer Hans Kwofie will need a late fitness test to ascertain his availability for selection on Wednesday.

He was substituted in the first half last Sunday when he sustained a knock after netting a brace.

MATCH FACTS

HEAD TO HEAD (Since 1999)

Total league meetings = 33

Hearts of Oak wins = 14

Ashanti Gold SC wins = 9

Drawn matches = 10

~ Hearts of Oak have lost only one of their last ten matches in the premier league.

(W6 D3 L1)

~ Ashanti Gold SC are unbeaten in their last five premier league fixtures. They have won all of the last three.

(W4 D1 L0)

~ Hearts of Oak are without a loss in their last nine home fixtures in the premier league.

(W6 D3 L0)

~ Ashanti Gold SC have managed only one victory from their last twenty away games in the premiership.

(W1 D7 L12)

~ Hearts of Oak have not lost to Ashanti Gold SC in their last six premier league meetings.

(W3 D3 L0)

~ Ashanti Gold SC have recorded just one win in their sixteen visits to Hearts of Oak since 1999.

(W1 D6 L9)

~ Hearts of Oak have kept only three clean sheets in their nine home matches in the premier league this season.

~ Ashanti Gold SC have managed to keep only one clean sheet at away this term after nine games.

Source: ghanasoccernet.com