Matchday 30 preview: Relegation battle heads for the decider

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With the title race now settled, focus switches to the battle to avoid the drop in the final week of the local topflight

Aduana Stars may have sealed the title but there is still a lot to play for as the Ghana Premier League enters matchday 30 on Sunday.

The Fire Boys clinched the title, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Elmina Sharks last weekend. Consequently, Sunday's clash with eleventh-placed Ashanti Gold has little bearing on the former, unlike the latter who must win to stay clear of relegation. 

Wafa gave Aduana the biggest fight for the title. At a point, the Academy Boys looked to be on their way to winning the topflight title for the first time ever, but now seven points adrift the Fire Boys, the dream is absolutely over. 

Set to play at home to sixth-positioned Medeama, Wafa are confirmed to keep the second spot irrespective of the outcome of Sunday's fixture. The Yellow and Mauves, on the other hand, must win to have a chance of finishing among the top four.

Elsewhere, third-placed Hearts of Oak are hoping to end the campaign on a winning note as they host Inter Allies at the Accra Sports Stadium. Allies must win to have their hopes of avoiding the drop in their own hands.

With eight defeats, it has surely not been the best of seasons for 23-time champions Asante Kotoko. Currently fourth on the table, the Porcupine Warriors must edge relegation-threatened Liberty Professionals to be  sure of maintaining their current spot in the least.

Just a point off the drop zone, Liberty, meanwhile, must win at the Carl Reindorf Park to break any chance of biting the dust.

Although eighth-positioned Berekum Chelsea and Tema Youth sit six places apart, the two sides are only separated by two points. 

Both could be caught up by relegation but it is the Harbour City Boys who face the bigger challenge as currently third from bottom, only three points at the expense of the Blues can prevent a drop to the second tier.

There will be no back-to-back titles for fifth-placed Wa All Stars. But there could be 12 campaign wins should they beat new boys Elmina Sharks away at the Nduom Sports Stadium. The latter, two points off the drop zone, could be thrown into relegation by a defeat.

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Second-from-bottom Great Olympics and Bechem United, who sit just a place above the relegation zone, have it all to play for when they lock horns at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park.

And finally in Tamale, already-relegated Bolga All Stars are set to kiss the topflight goodbye with a home tie against Ebusua Dwarfs, who are confirmed to play in the elite division next term.


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