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2019/20 GPL: Week 2 Match Preview- Medeama SC v Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak will be desperate to avoid defeat when they travel to Tarkwa to face Medeama in the top-liner of Match Day-2 of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League.

The Phobians are anxious to record their first win of the campaign after a sorry 1-0 defeat at home to Berekum Chelsea in the season's opening match.

The Accra giants travel to the mining town with interim coach Edward Odoom following the sacking of director of football and head coach Kim Grant.

There has been massive uproar in the team in the wake of the team's opening day slip against the Blues in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Interim boss Edward Nii Odoom must inspire confidence as his charges make the long journey to Tarkwa to battle the Mauve and Yellows.

Pressure is already building for the visitors after just a game and will need to conspire magic to turn the scale in their favour.

If results go the wrong way, Hearts will be plunged into the relegation zone and put the interim manager's job prospect looking grim.

The flip side is that a win over the fourth-placed team could be the springboard to turn fortunes around.

However, its a massive game for the Phobians who have won just once in a league match in Tarkwa in nine attempts.

Medeama should be in a confident mood after recording an impressive 3-1 win at Ebusua Dwarfs in their opening league match last week.

Team News

Medeama will be without injured midfield duo Eric Kwakwa and Rashid Nortey, defender Bright Enchil as well as striker Kalibo Toussaint.

Kwasi Donsu and Ibrahim Yaro could return against Hearts after missing the trip to Ebusua Dwarfs.

Hearts of Oak have no major injury worries with coach Edward Odoom in a position to choose from a fully fit squad.

Captain Fatawu Mohammed is available for selection as well as star man Joseph Esso.

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Hearts of Oak's only away win against Medeama came in a Match Day 2 fixture under Kenichi Yatsuhashi in 2016.

Hearts won 2-0 with Eric Kumi and Cosmos Cauda getting on the scoresheet.

Medeama SC are in search of back to back wins for the first time since July 2017 when they beat Great Olympics and Tema Youth.

Medeama SC vs Hearts of Oak at home

Medeama wins 5 Hearts win 1 3 draws

Source: Ghana Soccernet

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