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GPL Match Preview: Elmina Sharks vs Berekum Chelsea

Much will be up for grabs when Elmina Sharks host Ghana Premier League table toppers Berekum Chelsea on Sunday.

It’s a fixture that pairs two teams with different ambitions but on a mission to get one thing; maximum points.

Angry and blood thirsty Elmina Sharks need to start winning again or continue to flirt with the option of demotion from the top flight.

Yaw Acheampong is definitely a worried man. The former AshGold tactician has failed to win any of his last 4 games and there are growing concerns about the team’s form within the club’s ranks.

Sharks lost narrowly to Legon Cities in their last game on Wednesday and will need to make amends when Chelsea come sailing across the Elmina seas. They currently lie 14th on the league log with 8 points.

Table Toppers returned to the summit of the league log after a home win over Karela United on Wednesday. It was a win that came with another clean sheet for goalkeeper Danlaad Ibrahim. (6th overall)

Coach Asare Bediako’s side remains title favorites and will be keen to win more believers than doubters on Sunday.

Chelsea have lost just a game in the 8 matches played and are yet to lose an away game outside the Brong Ahafo region. Their only loss came in a fierce regional Derby against Bechem United.

Considering Sharks’ inconsistent form and streak of results, it’s very right to predict that Chelsea will leave the Nduom Sports Complex with a positive result.

MATCH FACTS:

Elmina Sharks face Berekum Chelsea for the third time in the league. Both teams have won one apiece in their previous two league games.

Elmina Sharks are without a league win since they beat Inter Allies 3-2 away. They have gone 4 games without a win (3 draws, 1 loss).

Sharks have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games since drawing goalless with WAFA on January 12, 2020. It remains their only clean sheet in the 8 league matches played.

Berekum Chelsea have the second best defense in the league having conceded just 3 goals. Only AshGold have conceded less (2).

They are the league’s best away team with 3 wins in 4. In all they have picked 9 points on the road in this season’s league (the most by any away team).

Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their away games played outside the Brong Ahafo region. They have posted 1-0 wins against Hearts, Kotoko and Ashgold this season. MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Selorm Kpormegbe

Asst 1: Ato Yawson

Asst 2: Kofi Andoh-Kyei

4th Ref: Charles Bulu

M/C: G.T.S.K Inkum

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Source: footballmadeinghana.com

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