The City clash, Code named ‘Ga Mashie Derby’ between Accra Hearts and Accra Great Olympics offers lots of dynamics to the Ghana Premier league title chase.
For the first time in many years Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics go into a Ghana Premier league clash with both sides eager to win the league title.
Hearts are on top with 49 points from 27 matches, while Great Olympics are 5 points behind with 44 points.
Both teams will march to the Accra Sports Stadium also thinking about the outcome of the game involving Asante Kotoko and Ashantigold in Obuasi, knowing the outcome of that game could change the face of the table.
Accra Hearts of Oak will be thinking to plot a move that will ensure they revenge the 2-0 scoreline they suffered in the first round, both coaches on the touchlines back then have moved on, Yaw Preko left to join Medeama SC while Kosta Papic left for South Africa.
It will be a battle of two Ghanaian tacticians on the bench come Sunday, Samuel Boadu will test his resolve against the venerable Annor Walker.
Coach Annor Walker’s side has been boosted by the arrival of Gladson Awako from rhe Black Stars camp, but the absence of Samuel Ashie Quaye will be a big blow to the Dade side.
Annor Walker has fancied a flexible 4-2-3-1 system with Razak Kasim and James Akaminko in front of the back 4, while Gladson Awako is shepherded in attacking midfield by The ‘Abby Brothers’ Maxwell Abbey and Samuel Ashie, while Manaf MUDASIRU plays on top
But in such tough games, Coach Annor Walker goes for a flat front with an abridged version of his midfield, if he decides to go with this system, his game plan will change to a 4-1-2-3, the Coach Annor Walker usually opts for more midfielders with the inclusion of michel Otu, and joshua Kwame Rhule.
The shape of the team then becomes triangular with the apex facing the defence, while the attack looks flat at the top, usually this style of play employs 3 offensive midfielders that has Awako, Ashie and Maxwell all taxed to get the team’s goal.
Great Olympics hasn’t got too much problems at the back, despite not have a preferred no 1 choice Goalkeeper, all 4 shotstoppers have been good this season, the club has conceded 26 goals in 27 games, averaging a goal per game.
Samuel Boadu has been comfortable with his new found 4-3-3 line shape that has Benjamin Afutu Kotei as the big man running the affairs, this midfield also has another blockbuster in Emmanuel Nettey and both are sandwiched by the intelligence of Salifu Ibrahim.
Despite their inconsistent defensive selection, Hearts of Oak has maintained a decent season, becoming the second mean defence in the league picking 18 goals from their net.
The phobians have a fine balance of goal scoring, they have 37 goals from 27 games, meeting the League’s average of 2.1 goals per game.
The Rainbow club has an attacking line capable of scoring against any opponent, they have scored 2 or more in their last 5 home games, any of the 3 attackers that will be given the chance to play, phobia fans will expect more goals, Daniel Afriyie Banie, and Kwadwo Obeng Jr, have improved on their goal scoring, whiles the club also have Victor Aidoo and ISaac Mensah.
Samuel Boadu’s midfield has been very fluid, with several options to choose from, the return of Frederick Ansah Botchway and Manaf Umar gives lots of hope to the continental club masters.
Great Olympics have won 2 of their last 5 games, [D1 L2]
Accra Hearts of Oak have gone 5 straight wins in the league for the first time this season.
Great Olympics have only 2 wins in the last 12 clashes against Hearts of Oak [ D3 L7]
Great Olympics have won 8 of their 13 home games this season [D3 L2]
Accra Hearts of Oak have won 4 of their 13 away matches [D4 L5]
Great Olympics has played 17 times in Accra, whiles Hearts of Oak have 16 matches at the capital. They have voth won 11 and 10 respectively.