Sports News of Friday, 24 January 2020
A determined Accra Hearts of Oak side are on a mission to guard their reputation against arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko when they clash in a Premier League game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Arguably the biggest clubs in the country with the highest following, this encounter will mark their 24th fixture in the league since 2006/07 season.
While Hearts of Oak will be seeking to achieve their ninth victory over the Porcupine Warriors will be looking to consolidate their dominance over the Phobians at the Accra Sports Stadium.
In their last 11 encounters at the Accra Sports Stadium, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have the edge having won five of them with Hearts winning just three and the rest ending in a draw.
Similarly, the Garden City club leads in the goal haul at the Accra Sports Stadium with nine goals scored as against Hearts’ seven goals making this encounter very tricky both sides.
On record, Kotoko are comfortable playing at the Accra Sports Stadium despite trailing their arch rivals on the total number of victories between the two clubs over the same period.
Kotoko and Hearts have demonstrated some resurgent after they started the league in a poor note and Sunday’s game will be an opportunity for them to announce to their followers about their determination to grab the league title.
Out of the 44 league trophies between them Hearts of Oak have four less than their counterparts who have a total of 24 and looking forward to add to their haul with a victory and the bragging rights.
Clubs’ stats since 2006/07 season
A total of 23 league matches have been played between the two clubs since the 2006/07 season, with Hearts winning eight, while Kotoko have also won seven times with eight games ending in a draw.
3 wins for Hearts
Hearts have won three out of their 11 home games against Kotoko.
5 wins for Kotoko
Kotoko have won five times at the Accra Stadium out of 11 league matches played in Accra.
35 total goals scored
Within the period, 35 goals have been scored between the two teams, with Hearts getting the lion’s share of 18, one more than Kotoko.
7 goals for Hearts
Hearts have scored seven goals at home as against Kotoko’s nine goals at the Accra Stadium.
18 points for Kotoko
Kotoko have garnered more points in Accra with 18 points out of a possible 33 points in Accra, while the hosts have won 15 points within the period.
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