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Hearts go into the clash this time having beaten sworn rivals Kotoko 1-0 at the Accra sports stadium. It was a different scenario last season as they had lost to the Porcupines at the same venue courtesy of a Soulama Abdoulaye own goal. But the Phobians went all the way to Berekum to beat Chelsea.
They would relish another win but it will not come easily as Chelsea are looking formidable and ruthless at home this term. The Blues have scored 8 goals in 4 outings at the Golden City Park which means the defensive pair of Inusah Musah and Vincent Atingah who have stood tall thus far must be at their very best to curtail the rapid attack led by Seth Appiah who has 5 goals.
Scottish trainer Frank Nuttall is still tinkering with the squad but for Chelsea, Steve Polak’s experience has come in handy. Both coaches are tactically astute and whoever gets it right on the day takes the three points.Medeama faces a tough battle away from home in their bid to move out of the relegation zone. The Muaves have endured a plucky start despite the hype of being one of the favorites to land the title. Ahead of the break, they fluffed the chance to pick up a win at home against Olympics.
With the much anticipated clash between the Premier League leading title hopefuls – Aduana Stars - and hurting Champions – Wa All Stars - who suffered a humiliating 4-1 home thumping this past weekend in their outstanding match against WAFA postponed, title contenders – Kumasi Asante Kotoko – will have the chance to take over the top spot as they go for the rebound at home following their lone goal loss to rivals – Hearts of Oak – in the Super Clash against Inter Allies on Sunday as hardworking – Elmina Stars – jumpstarts Week 9 at home on Saturday against Liberty Professionals with the chance to break into the ranks of the top four.
Third placed Academy Soccer Lads, WAFA, who plucked their first road win after 27 tries will be hard-pressed to haul in another road win as they take on Bechem Utd in the top four encounter of the day, Hearts of Oak will be hoping to make up for some lost ground in their title quest as guests of Berekum Chelsea, and Tema Youth will look to pick up the max points against struggling Medeama SC at Accra



Elsewhere, Gt. Olympics will be on the hunt for their first win on the field against Ebusua Dwarfs, and bottom AshGold will have a go at the 3points at home against bottommost Bolga All Stars.
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Asante Kotoko have their work cut out for them when they take on Inter Allies at the Baba Yara stadium. The Porcupines are under pressure to bounce back after their Super Clash defeat as they host Inter Allies.
Coach Zdravko Lugarusic took a break after the defeat but he is back with renewed confidence and one critical aspect he must deal with is his attacker’s profligacy in front of goal.
Kotoko have scored 7 goals in 8 games, an average of 0.8 per game, not the kind of numbers a team vying for the championship should be producing. But fortunately for them, the Eleven is to One side have scored one less and conceded in every game since their opening day stalemate against Hearts.
The head to head record also favors Kotoko, having lost once in six meetings since the Labadi-based club joined the topflight in 2013.Berekum Chelsea v Hearts of Oak – Berekum


What makes the fixture a difficult one is the fact that Tema Youth are unbeaten in Tema despite playing big guns like Hearts, Chelsea and AshGold. The Harbor boys fear no foe at home but it is very important that they don’t get complacent as Medeama are well armed to cause an upset.
Goals are expected to be aplenty in Bechem when the Hunters take on highflying WAFA at the Nana Gyeabour Park this weekend but trust the home side, currently fourth, to make the most of home court as they eye up the third spot.
WAFA
The past weekend was a memorable one for the Academy Boys as they humiliated WA All Stars in WA, battering the Defending Champions by four goals to one for their first away in 27 matches. And they would relish another road win as they take on Bechem United.
Bechem are under no pressure, progressing and enjoying their season under the guidance of Vincenzo Alberto. The Italian is continuing from where Manuel Zacharias left off and thus far it has been very fruitful.

Olympics will fancy themselves winners against Ebusua Dwarfs at home this weekend.
The Wonder club is yet to pick up a win on the field despite receiving three points from the boardroom, but considering the poor away record of Dwarfs, fans can be very optimistic of a positive results.
For Dwarfs, they will have to punch above their weight on this road trip to stun Gt. Olympics. A defensive counter-attacking style would be ideal to frustrate Godwin Attram’s men.In as much as their performances have been nothing to write home about, AshGold cannot afford to drop points against a troubled but resurging Bolga All Stars.
This will be the first meeting between the two and luckily for the struggling Miners they will be at home, a huge opportunity for them to get their campaign back on the right track.
Bolga can only hope not to concede a lot after shipping in 18 goals already.

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