GHPL PREVIEW : Berekum Chelsea VS Asante Kotoko

Beleaguered Kumasi Asante Kotoko travel to the Golden City Park to face Berekum Chelsea in a must win clash. The record Ghana league champions are without a win after three weeks are will need to do extra works to defeat the 2011 champions who have vowed to keep their venue a fortress this season. Here are the statistics.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
2008/09
Kotoko 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-1 Kotoko
2009/10
Chelsea 0-1 Kotoko
Kotoko 2-0 Chelsea
2010/11
Kotoko 2-3 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Kotoko
2011/12
Kotoko 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-0 Kotoko
2012/13
Chelsea 2-0 Kotoko
Kotoko 2-0 Chelsea
2013/14
Kotoko 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-1 Kotoko
2014/15
Chelsea 1-1 Kotoko
Kotoko 0-3 Chelsea
Total matches played – 14
Berekum Chelsea wins – 4
Goals scored – 13
Kotoko wins – 6
Goals scored – 14
Draws – 4

* MATCH FACTS
* The 2015-16 season of the GPL which is the 55th edition since the competition started in 1958 is the 8th appearance for Berekum Chelsea while it is the 54th appearance for Asante Kotoko.

Accra Hearts of Oak is the only club to have participated in every season that the competition has been played since it started in 1958.

* Asante Kotoko pulled out of the 1967 season. It was knockout bases and Ebusua Dwarfs won the tournament through toss of coin, after drawing 1-1 on two occasions with Sekondi Eleven Wise in the final.

* Asante Kotoko holds the record of been the club with most number of wins in the Ghana League History of all time with 820 wins, followed by Hearts of Oak with 730 wins.

* Berekum Chelsea Day 4 HOME games in the GPL since 2008.
2009-10 Chelsea 0-0 RTU
2011-12 Chelsea 0-1 Medeama**
2014-15 Chelsea 2-0 WAFA
W1 D1 L1 GF2 GA1

* Kotoko Day 4 AWAY games in the GPL since 1999.
1999 Afienya Utd 1-1 Kotoko
2000 Goldfields 1-0 Kotoko
2001 Hearts 2-1 Kotoko
2004 Faisal 0-1 Kotoko**
2007-08 Sportive 0-1 Kotoko**
2011-12 AshGold 0-1 Kotoko**
2011-13 Aduana 0-0 Kotoko
2013-14 All Stars 0-1 Kotoko**
W4 D2 L2 GF8 GA4

* Berekum Chelsea have met Asante Kotoko on 2 occasions @ HOME in the GPL for the month of MARCH since 2008.

21/03/12 Chelsea 0-0 Kotoko (2011-12)
30/03/14 Chelsea 1-1 Kotoko (2013-14)
D2 GF1 GA1
* The last time Asante Kotoko lost Day 4 AWAY game in the GPL is Wednesday 9th May, 2001 (15 years ago) in the 2001 season against Accra Hearts of Oak (2-1) which Lawrence Adjei scored for Kotoko on the 60th minute and Ismael Addo scored brace on the 77th & 81st minute.

Referee, Joseph Wilson Sey..line 1.FB Arthur..line 2 MD Arthur.

* Berekum Chelsea yet to LOSE match @ HOME in the GPL for month of MARCH since 2008.
11/03/09 Chelsea 1-0 Kessben
18/03/09 Chelsea 0-0 Faisal
13/03/10 Chelsea 2-0 Edubiase
31/03/10 Chelsea 1-1 Hearts
03/03/11 Chelsea 1-0 Dwarfs
13/03/11 Chelsea 1-0 Medeama
21/03/12 Chelsea 0-0 Kotoko
17/03/13 Chelsea 2-0 Liberty
30/03/13 Chelsea 1-0 RTU
04/03/14 Chelsea 0-0 All Stars
15/03/14 Chelsea 2-0 Hasaacas
30/03/14 Chelsea 1-1 Kotoko
22/03/15 Chelsea 1-0 Lions
W7 D5 GF12 GA2

* Asante Kotoko AWAY matches in the GPL for the month MARCH since 1999.

21/03/99 Afienya Utd 1-1 Kotoko
15/03/00 Hearts 4-0 Kotoko
29/03/00 Goldfields 1-0 Kotoko
09/03/08 Hearts 0-0 Kotoko
12/03/08 Arsenal 0-0 Kotoko
25/03/09 Lions 1-2 Kotoko**
22/03/09 Kessben 1-0 Kotoko
07/03/10 Hasaacas 1-1 Kotoko
21/03/10 Faisal 1-0 Kotoko
03/03/11 Edubiase 1-1 Kotoko
20/03/11 Hearts 0-2 Kotoko**
21/03/12 Chelsea 0-0 Kotoko
25/03/12 Dwarfs 0-2 Kotoko**
23/03/13 RTU 1-2 Kotoko**
31/03/13 All Stars 0-0 Kotoko
05/03/14 Faisal 1-0 Kotoko
16/03/14 Liberty 1-0 Kotoko
30/03/14 Chelsea 1-1 Kotoko
22/03/15 Bechem Utd 1-3 Kotoko**
W5 D8 L6 GF15 GA16

* The first time Berekum Chelsea lost @ HOME in the GPL since 2008 is 4th Jan. 2009 in match Day 5 @ the Sunyani Coronation Park in the 2008-09 season against RTU (1-3).

– Since then, Berekum Chelsea have played 103 league games @ HOME.
W71 D27 L5 GF112 GA37

* The last time Berekum Chelsea lost a game @ HOME in the GPL is 30th Dec. 2012 in match Day 14 in the 2012-13 season against Amidaus Professionals (0-1)

– Since then, Berekum Chelsea have played 39 HOME games (3,510 mins) so far, W30 D9 GF59 GA16
* Berekum Chelsea have lost 6 out of 106 HOME games so far in the GPL since 2008.
04/01/09 Chelsea 1-3 RTU 2008/09
27/05/09 Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal 2008/09
24/06/09 Chelsea 0-1 Kotoko 2008/09
03/01/10 Chelsea 0-1 Kotoko 2009/10
30/10/11 Chelsea 0-1 Medeama 2011/12
30/12/12 Chelsea 0-1 Amidaus 2012/13
* Berekum Chelsea have so far played 106 HOME games in the GPL since 2008.
W73 D27 L6 GF136 GA40
* The first time Asante Kotoko won an AWAY game in the GPL since 1999 is 28th Mar. 1999 in match Day 6 in the 1999 season against Liberty Professionals (1-2).
– Since then, Asante Kotoko have played 230 AWAY games in the GPL.
W92 D71 L67 GF243 GA206
* The last time Asante Kotoko won an AWAY game in the GPL is 6th Sept. 2015 in match Day 29 in the 2014-15 season against Sekondi Hasaacas (0-1).
– Since then, Asante Kotoko have played 1 AWAY game (90 mins) so far, L1 GA2
* Asante Kotoko have so far played 233 AWAY games in the GPL since 1999.
W93 D72 L68 GF246 GA211
* The last AWAY side to prevent Berekum Chelsea from scoring @ HOME in the GPL is Wa All Stars who secured a goal-less drawn game on 4th Mar. 2014 in match Day 19 in the 2013-14 season.
* Berekum Chelsea have kept 98 clean sheets out of 213 games in the GPL since 2008.
* Asante Kotoko have kept 212 clean sheets out of 467 games in the GPL since 1999.
* Berekum Chelsea won the GPL for the first time with 57 points in the 2010-11 season and still remains the 10th and last new club to win the GPL title out of 91 clubs so far since the competition started in 1958.
* Asante Kotoko have won the Ghana League title on 23 times since the competition started in 1958.
* Berekum Chelsea worse position in the GPL since 2008 is 12th with 40 points in the 2013-14 season.
* Asante Kotoko worse performance in the Ghana League since 1958 is 11th out of 15-club league in the 1970 season but since 1999 is 7th with 38 points in the 2002 season

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