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Ghana Premier League Preview: Liberty Professionals vs Asante Kotoko- Can Dansoman lads win to stay up?

Published on: 21 October 2017
Liberty Professionals

Liberty Professionals will be holding their relegation destiny in their own hands when they tackle Asante Kotoko SC at Carl Reindorf park in a crunchy last fixture of the season. 

The hosts obviously have an imperative to pick up three points this Sunday in order to save their elite class status alive.

Their 2-1 defeat to Inter Allies FC last weekend leaves them 12th on the league table with only one point between them and the danger zone.

Claiming all three points on Sunday will take the Scientific Soccer Lads to 41 points, enough for survival.

Michael Osei will be at the dugout against the Porcupine Warriors for the first time since leaving there as the head coach.

He has a full strength squad for the match of their destiny this weekend.

Asante Kotoko SC are trekking to the capital for the last game of the season as they seek to protect their 4th position on the league table.

If the Red Family fail to avoid defeat this weekend against Liberty Professionals, their 4th position could be occupied by Wa All Stars, Ebusua Dwarfs and Medeama SC  with victories.

With the 2017 FA Cup final set for next weekend against bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak in Tamale, nothing could be as a morale booster than a win on Sunday.

Ollenu Ashittey remains the only absentee for Sunday's fixture. He recently returned to training from a lengthy lay off.

Steve Polack will have rest of the squad available for the journey to Dansoman this weekend.

MATCH FACTS

HEAD TO HEAD

Total league meetings = 33

Liberty Professionals wins = 6

Asante Kotoko SC wins = 22

Drawn matches = 5

~ Liberty Professionals have lost just two of their last six matches in the premier league.

(W4 D0 L2)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have only two victories in their last eight fixtures in the premiership.

(W2 D2 L4)

~ Liberty Professionals have recorded only one loss in their last six home matches in the premier league.

(W4 D1 L1)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have won just two of their last seven away games in the league. They have lost all last four.

(W2 D1 L4)

~ Liberty Professionals have beaten Asante Kotoko SC only once in their last five premier league meetings.

(W1 D0 L4)

~ Asante Kotoko SC have recorded four victories from their last six visits to Liberty Professionals in the premiership.

(W4 D0 L2)

~ Liberty Professionals have been able to keep six clean sheets out of their fourteen home games in the league this campaign.

~ Asante Kotoko SC have kept five clean sheets in their fourteen away fixtures in the premier league this term.

By Nuhu Adams

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