Asante Kotoko SC will be looking to make it three home wins in a row when they return to the Baba Yara stadium to take on title holders Aduana Stars on Sunday in the last fixture of the first round.
The Porcupine Warriors extended their unbeaten streak to four last Wednesday when they drew 1-1 with Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindorf park.
The Fabulous side are currently lying 6th on the league table with 21 points. Only five points are separating them and leaders Medeama SC.
In order to keep their chances of winning the ultimate, Asante Kotoko SC need a win on Sunday against the Fire Boys which could see them finish the first half of the season in second place.
The Reds managing a victory over Aduana Stars on Sunday will be their first since 13th September, 2015 where they walloped by a 4-0 scoreline.
Daniel Darkwah has recovered from a shoulder injury and is in contention to face his former club for the first time since leaving there for the Red jersey.
Centre back Wahab Adams will also be facing his former employers in the premiership for the first time since his switch to the Porcupine Warriors.
Newly recruited right back Samuel Frimpong is out of this crunchy fixture due to an injury he is nursing.
Aduana Stars have their title defence ambitions taken a nose dive as they sit in the relegation zone with only 14 points from a possible 30 points after ten matches.
Due to their participation in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, the Fire Boys have in hand four fixtures yet to be honoured.
The reigning champions ended their three games winless streak in all competitions last Thursday when they pipped regional rivals Bechem United at the Nduom sports complex in Elmina.
The Fire Boys will need a victory on Sunday so as to move out of the drop zone. Only two points separate them and the safety areas on the league table.
Recording a win this weekend will not come easy since the champions are traveling to a venue they have never beaten the Porcupine Warriors in the premiership.
Abu Sadiq was handed his first start in Aduana Stars colours last Thursday and eventually scored the only goal of the game.
He is likely to be given a second straight start against the Fabulous side on Sunday.
Derrick Sasraku has been ruled out of the game due to an injury he is carrying.
Head To Head
Total league meetings = 16
Asante Kotoko SC wins = 4
Drawn matches = 7
Aduana Stars wins = 5
✓ Asante Kotoko SC have suffered just two losses of their last seven matches in the premier league.
(W3 D2 L2)
✓ Aduana Stars have managed to record only two victories in their last six fixtures in the premier league.
(W2 D1 L3)
✓ Asante Kotoko SC have lost only once in their last thirty two home matches in the premier league.
(W19 D12 L1)
✓ Aduana Stars are without a single win in their last six away fixtures in the premiership.
(W0 D1 L5)
✓ Asante Kotoko SC are unbeaten in their eight premier league matches at home against Aduana Stars.
(W4 D4 L0)
✓ Aduana Stars have lost only one of their last seven meetings in the premier league with Asante Kotoko SC.
(W3 D3 L1)
✓ Asante Kotoko SC have kept four clean sheets in their seven home fixtures in the premier league this season.
✓ Aduana Stars have conceded in each of their last eight away matches in the premier league.
By Nuhu Adams