Aduana Stars are set for a blockbuster match when they take on Asante Kotoko on Saturday, 01 January 2022, at the Nana Agyemang Badu Stadium.
The Ghanaian Premier League welcomes the New Year with a top of the table clash, with the second and third-placed teams taking each other on. Aduana Stars are in third place, while Asante Kotoko is in second place. Both teams are tied on 20 points, along with the log leaders King Faisal.
The game between Aduana and Asante Kotoko promises to be an exhilarating match, one that will have fans and neutrals on the edge of their seats.
These are two evenly matched sides, both adopting an attacking football style. They want to score more goals than the opponent. As a result, their matches are often free-flowing, with chances created aplenty. Between them, they have scored 31 goals this season, setting them up as the leagues most exciting teams to watch.
Tactically, Aduana and Asante are astute; they can control matches and take advantage of situations where the opponent is lacking.
The midfield shape of the teams are very similar; the midfielders can adapt to different formations.
Although they set up in midfield three or diamond, the flexibility of the midfield allows the team to take control of the match.
Aduana Stars head coach Joseph Bedinak will likely deploy the midfield three of Eric Kwakwa, Kwame Frimpong, and Prince Acquah.
The trio has been the preferred midfield combination. On Saturday, they will have to be at their very best in passing, tackling, and intercepting and initiating attacks. They have to support the defence and attack. In a tight encounter like it will be on Saturday, they must be more than willing to drop back and form part of the defence.
Aduana Stars have had a solid defensive record in the league so far; their captain Joseph Addo from the posts has been one of the best players in the league. He will be key on Saturday; his leadership skills will be needed more than ever. Should he keep a clean sheet, he’ll give a platform for attackers to secure a win.
The strike force of Emmanuel Gyamfi and Bright Adjei will shoulder the responsibility of scoring goals for Aduana Stars. Gyamfi and Adjei have scored five and four goals, respectively, in the GPL. They will be a weapon Aduana will utilize.
Aduana Stars will bounce back to winning ways after the 1-0 to Medeama. A victory against Asante Kotoko will set Aduana’s season back on track. Playing in front of the fans will be a massive plus for Aduana Stars; their supporters will be up for the task of backing their boys, given the magnitude of the game.
Asante Kotoko goes to the match in good spirits; after two successive wins. However, on Saturday, they will have a formidable opponent in Aduana. Asante Kotoko will find it difficult; they have been fragile on the road at times this season. Nevertheless, Aduana Stars will win 3-2 in what promises to be a good match.
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