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Hearts of Oak – Medeama Preview: Under pressure Phobians cannot afford to lose at home

Hearts of Oak – Medeama Preview: Under pressure Phobians cannot afford to lose at home

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It is a win at all cost for the Phobians as they seek to avoid dropping on the standings to the hot zone, which could mount a lot more pressure on coach David Duncan

  PROBABLE LINEUP

HEARTS OF OAK


Luggard
Ansong, Ggagne, Iddrisu, Owusu
Abubakar, Abbey, Abban, Ashitey
Affum, Otoo




MEDEAMA

Halm
Hudu, Apau, Aseidu, Ayirey
Immoro, Koomson, Nketiah, Anobaah
 Rockson, Acheampong


Hearts of Oak could book a seat at the hot relegation lounge if they lose against second placed Medeama on Sunday. The Phobians have been able to garner 14 points out of a possible 39 after 13 games and a win at the Accra Sports Stadium on Matchday-14 is obligatory.

The Phobians have failed to win in their last five matches and their irked fans can no longer hold their patience, and giving out all points at their citadel could spark the beginning of the end of coach David Duncan, who took over from beleaguered CK Akunnor.

The former champions are just two points clear of the drop and would not want to start the New Year on a rather sad footing, but Medeama – very eager to enter 2013 with the same second position or first – will not make things easy and could either play for a draw. However, after their mid-week goalless game with King Faisal, coach Bashir Hayford will want to try an attacking option first in their away game for a win since that could help him enter the New Year with a lot of confidence.
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Apart from being called the Phobians, Accra Hearts of Oak also have a nickname as The Soccer Paradise.
  • The Rainbow club was the second team to be founded in Accra after the Invincibles in 1911 making them the oldest existing club in Ghana.
  • The Accra giants are the most successful Ghanaian club in continental competitions - they have three trophies - one more than rivals Asante Kotoko.
  • The last time Hearts of Oak won the Ghana Premier League was in 2009 which was their 20th and they first won it in 1956.
  • Medeama are also known as Proudly Colourful or Pride of the West.
  • They are only 10 years old and have never won the domestic top flight before, finishing fourth last term.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hearts of Oak

Medeama

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Hearts of Oak Sporting Club OAK
Hearts of Oak Sporting Club Hearts of Oak
Draw
Medeama SC MED
Medeama SC Medeama
45%
45%

Top 3 Predictions

Hearts of Oak Sporting Club OAK
2 - 1
Medeama SC MED
Hearts of Oak Sporting Club OAK
1 - 3
Medeama SC MED
Hearts of Oak Sporting Club OAK
2 - 0
Medeama SC MED

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