Ghana’s two biggest clubs Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak meet for the first-time this season on Sunday at the latter's home.
Both clubs have declared their title-winning intentions this season with fine victories in their respective Matchday 1 encounters and, ahead of the big game, Goal went seeking opinions of supporters on either side regarding which of the giants would taste its first defeat of the term in the said fixture:
PORCUPINE WARRIORS | Kotoko poised to upset Hearts in Accra
“Kotoko appear more battle-ready having already shown much class in two competitive matches (against Medeama and Aduana Stars in the Super Cup and GPL respectively) before this weekend's game against Hearts. It will be wiser I place my bet behind such a team" - Jentle K. Mike, fan.
"Well, I think neither of the sides will suffer a defeat this time, that is, I predict a drawn game, albeit not a goalless one. Sunday's outcome might just be a replica of the two previous encounters between the two sides which both ended in a draw. I say this mindful of the fact that results of matches between these two sides have no correlation whatsoever to the form either possesses at any given time. It is a tough ask to predict but, pushed to the wall, I will go for a 1-1 draw" - Kofi Boakye Afrifa, Banker.
"I doubt if Hearts can stand Kotoko's might in the upcoming game. Kotoko boast a good record in recent encounters against the Phobians in Accra and the team now plays more as a unit. Hearts, on the other hand, are yet to be tested and we shall see how they would cope without the talismanic Mahatma Otoo. Kotoko 2, Hearts 1" - Mohammed Munkaila, Student.
"As usual, my beloved Hearts of Oak would do the talking on the pitch and would definitely prove our class" - Joseph Asamoah, fan.
"Hearts will definitely lose on Sunday. With what I aptly refer to as the 'Fantastic Four' – comprising Yahaya Mohammed, Michael Helegbe, Michael Akuffo and Jordan Opoku - 'yaanom' do not stand a chance" - James Akrasi, student.
PHOBIA | Will Hearts be able to silence Kotoko at their fortress?
"Hearts XI is a mighty team. We have beaten Kotoko at the highest level before and come Sunday they will fall once more!" – Bruce Annan, National Service personnel.
Chris Yeboah, a student: "Kotoko shall fall simply because they have failed to acknowledge the strength of my darling club Phobia."
Frempong Ampomah, a Statistician noted: "It is said that matches between Kotoko and Hearts do not follow any form guide. While that assertion may or may not be true, what is certain is that Kumasi Asante Kotoko will beat Hearts on Sunday."
"Kotoko, of course! I am an ardent Okwahu United supporter but I do have a soft spot for Africa's Club of the Century (Kotoko) and I believe they will carry the day” John Adofo, a National Service personnel
"I predict a draw for this match even though I am a die-hard Hearts fan. I say this because Hearts have always found it difficult to beat Kotoko in the last few years. That aside, Hearts have lost a key player in Mahatma Otoo. On the evidence of these, I can only predict a stalemate,” stated Samuel Anderson, a National Service personnel.
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