Accra Hearts of Oak face an away trip to Techiman to play as guests of Techiman Eleven Wonders on this afternoon, where three points is a must to continue their chase for the league title.
After a slow start to the season where everyone seemingly forgot about the threat they pose, the Phobians have bounced back strong and find themselves two points behind league leaders Asante Kotoko SC.
As exciting as it may be to the Hearts of Oak faithful to be in contention for the title, Samuel Boadu’s side cannot get carried away. Eleven Wonders are capable of causing an upset at home, rather than at the Accra Sports stadium where their record is astonishingly poor. One bad result is enough to make or derail a run of form this season.
Here’s Hearts of Oak probable line up against Eleven Wonders
Richard Attah (GK) – There’s no denying his importance. He has kept six consecutive clean sheets for Hearts and looks set to extend this feat against Wonders.
Fatawu Mohammed (RB): Returns to the team after missing out last weekend due to suspension. He plays an important role as one of the experienced heads in the Hearts backline. His attacking qualities are also key.
Robert Addo (CB): Addo put in a decent enough shift at the weekend, and will likely continue here. The dude is damn good but highly underrated.
Mohammed Alhassan (CB): Alhassan has established himself as Boadu’s other first-choice central defender, and looks more assured alongside the versatile Addo. Still prone to errors, Alhassan knows he must continue to deliver.
Raddy Ovouka (LB): He is comfortably the first choice in this position ahead of William Dankyi and will almost certainly start.
Benjamin Afutu (CM): Afutu’s energy and ball-winning ability mean he is a must-start in such an attacking system under Boadu. He’s been in good form too, so shouldn’t leave his side.
Ibrahim Salifu (CM): Hearts’ new poster boy is looking sharp again and his ability on the ball could be key to retaining possession against his former employers who like to have plenty of the ball themselves.
Emmanuel Nettey (CAM): He has had an indifferent start to the campaign but when played in his preferred central role he has shone. Was played there last weekend and got an assist so he will hope to build on that in this game.
Daniel Barnie (RW): Eleven Wonders will be hoping we’ve got this one wrong. The starlet has been superb of late and it seems almost ludicrous that he’s the dangerman in this Hearts attack given the number of experienced heads within Boadu’s squad.
Kojo Obeng Junior (ST): With Victor Aidoo failing to stake a claim to be Boadu’s number one striker against Sharks, Obeng Junior is likely to be allowed to lead the line for Hearts.
Michelle Sarpong (LW): Another player who has found it tough to get into games recently. Sarpong hasn’t been up to scratch of late but, with Patrick Razak out due to injury, looks like the likely option upfront.