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Sports News of Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

GPL Preview: Bolga All Stars vrs Hearts of Oak- Struggling newboys looking for a lift

Bolga All Stars will host giants Hearts of Oak at the Tamale Utrecht Academy park on Wednesday as their survival hopes hangs in the balance.

They second from bottom with just a point above Ashanti Gold SC who are last on the league ladder.

A win will be a huge boost in their quest to move out of the drop zone before the end of the first round.

The Stars of the East made it to the round of 32 in the FA Cup after beating Northern rivals Real Tamale United 4-3 on penalties last Sunday at the Tamale stadium.

Baba Nuhu Mallam will have full squad at his disposal for Wednesday's crucial game since right back Emmanuel Acquah has recovered from an injury he sustained against Liberty Professionals.

Hearts of Oak go into the game with an idea of maintaining their position on the league table.

A win or draw will still see them lying 3rd but with an increase in points build up.

The Phobians advanced to the last 32 of the FA Cup last Sunday when overcome regional rivals Sporting Mirren with another man of the display from Winful Kwaku Cobbinah.

He has been man of the match in the last three home games for Hearts of Oak.

These could see him start against the newcomers this Wednesday.

Stalwart centre back Inusah Musa has recovered from his injury and is available for selection.

Malik Akowuah is still out. He is nursing an injury.

MATCH FACTS
HEAD TO HEAD
Total league meetings = 0
Bolga All Stars wins = 0
Drawn games = 0
Hearts of Oak wins = 0
~ Bolga All Stars have lost only one of their last five matches in the premier league.
(W2 D2 L1)
~ Bolga All Stars have recorded only one loss in their six home fixtures in the premiership this season.
(W3 D2 L1)
~ Hearts of Oak have won only one of their last six premier league matches as visitors.
(W1 D2 L3)
~ This is the first ever top flight clash between the Stars of the East and the Phobians.
~ Bolga All Stars have kept just two clean sheets in their twelve premiership games this campaign.
~ Hearts of Oak have managed to keep only two clean sheets out of their six away premier league matches this term.