Match Preview: Inter Allies vs Hearts of Oak, Regional rivals face off in a battle of wits

 

Inter Allies will host Hearts of Oak in a regional derby in this Match Week 13 clash at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In what promises to be a battle of wits between these two sides, Inter Allies will be led by leading scorer Victorien Adebayor.

In the Nigerien, the home side has the player with the most goal involvement in the league this season with a contribution of 11 goals and 4 assists.

His output has accounted for 83% of the total points accumulated by The Eleven is to One who occupy the 12th position on 15 points.

Hearts of Oak might not have a player like Adebayor, but in Kofi Kordzi, the Rainbow club have a marksman who presence upfront has had a very positive impact.

Kordzi is the club’s top scorer in the league ans by far has proven their most reliable attacker in a season where Hearts of Oak has been characterised by inconsistent results and performances.

The tale of the two attackers should shape this fixture nicely as one that cannot be missed.

There are other angles though.

Hearts of Oak are placed 9th on the league log on 17 points. They are more closer to the relegation spots than the top of the league standings and Head Coach Edward Nii Odoom will be under pressure to deliver a result that remedies their current situation.

Goalkeeper Richard Attah will be keen to impress as eyes will be watching after he was invited into the national team setup by CK Akonnor.

Hopefully this fixture lives up to its billing and serves an enthralling encounter between the two teams.

Team News:

There is a bit of good news for the home side. Richmond Lamptey has returned to the team after missing out on Inter Allies’ trip to Cape Coast in the last game.‬

Probable Lineup:

Match Facts:

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
Both teams have faced each other 8 times in the league. Hearts of Oak have recorded 3 wins while Inter Allies have one win. The remaining 4 games have ended in draws.

2013/14 Season:
Inter Allies 2-3 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 1-0 Inter Allies – Accra

2014/15 Season:
Inter Allies 2-1 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 0-0 Inter Allies

2015/16 Season:
Inter Allies 2-3 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 1-1 Inter Allies

2016/17 Season:
Inter Allies 0-0 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 0-0 Inter Allies

Inter Allies have won just one of their last 5 home matches. (W1, D2, L2).

They have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their home matches (6) this season conceding 10 goals in the process.

They are one of the top scoring sides in the league (18 goals), level with Liberty Professionals although they have played a game less.

Victorien Adebayor has contributed 15 of those goals (11 goals 4 assists); that’s 83% direct goal involvement.

Hearts of Oak have the second lowest goal scoring record in the league. (10 goals scored)

Kofi Kordzi has scored 6 of those goals.

The Phobians are unbeaten in their last 6 games in the league. (2 wins, 4 draws).

They have kept 4 clean sheets in the process.

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