Sports News of Wednesday, 4 October 2017
After a booking a place in the final of the FA Cup with a win over Medeama SC on Monday, Asante Kotoko SC turn their attention back to the premiership as they welcome Ashanti Gold SC to Baba Yara stadium.
The Porcupine Warriors have their 4th spot on the league table in danger because a lose or draw on Thursday will see them usurped by Medeama SC.
A lose or draw will also confirm the end of their league title winning chances. They are 9 points behind leaders Aduana Stars with four games to end the season.
Jackson Owusu has recovered from a slight injury he picked in last Monday’s FA Cup win over Medeama SC in Obuasi.
He is available for selection on Thursday.
Seth Opare failed to recover from the knock he sustained last Monday and is out of Thursday’s regional derby.
Ashanti Gold SC are under tremendous pressure to avoid defeat this Thursday against Asante Kotoko SC as relegation keeps stirring at them.
The Miners are currently sitting at the 11th position on the league table but will move straight into the relegation zone if they fail to prevent a loss.
Interestingly, a victory on Thursday could also see them climb up to the the league log to the 6th place.
Defensive midfielder Theophilous Nyame is back to face his former club Asante Kotoko SC in the regional derby.
Experienced goalkeeper George Owu will be welcomed back into the team for the visit to Kumasi to play his former club.
Prince Owusu is fit again for match action after recovering from an injury.
HEAD TO HEAD (Since 1999)
Total league meetings = 35
Asante Kotoko SC wins = 17
Ashanti Gold SC wins = 13
Drawn matches = 5
~ Asante Kotoko SC have won just one of their last five fixtures in the premier league.
(W1 D1 L3)
~ Ashanti Gold SC have also managed just two victories in their last five matches in the premiership.
(W2 D0 L3)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have not lost in any of their last twenty home games in the premier league.
(W13 D10 L0)
~ Ashanti Gold SC have lost only two of their last seven matches in the premier league as the guests.
(W3 D1 L2)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have been losers for just once in their last seven premiership meetings with Ashanti Gold SC.
(W4 D2 L1)
~ Ashanti Gold SC have won only one of their eighteen visits to Asante Kotoko SC in the premiership since 1999.
(W1 D4 L13)
~ Asante Kotoko SC have kept six clean sheets at home this season in the league after thirteen matches.
~ Ashanti Gold SC have managed to keep just three clean sheets out of their thirteen away fixtures in the premiership this term.