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Hearts of Oak vs RTU Preview, head to head, Stats, Kick -off time

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Hearts of Oak will kick-start the second round of their premier league campaign under newly appointed head coach, Aboubakar Ouattara as they host RTU at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, February 25 2024.

The Phobians ended the first round in 11th position on the league standings with 21 points after a disappointing start to the season and will aim for a strong start after the break.

• The 2023-24 season of the Ghana League which is the 61st edition since the competition started in 1956 but the 27th edition since the inception of the Ghana Premier League on 1993-94 season is the 61st appearance for Hearts of Oak while it is the 36th appearance for RTU.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD SINCE 1999 SEASON.

• 1999 season
RTU 1-2 Hearts of Oak *
Hearts of Oak 3-2 RTU

• 2000 season
RTU 0-1 Hearts of Oak *
Hearts of Oak 2-1 RTU

• 2001 season
Hearts of Oak 2-1 RTU
RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak

• 2002 season
Hearts of Oak 4-0 RTU
RTU 2-1 Hearts of Oak

• 2003 season
RTU 0-1 Hearts of Oak *
Hearts of Oak 2-0 RTU

• 2005 season
RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 2-1 RTU

• 2006-07 season
RTU 0-0 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 0-0 RTU

• 2007-08 season
RTU 2-0 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 0-0 RTU

• 2008-09 season
RTU 1-2 Hearts of Oak *
Hearts of Oak 1-1 RTU

• 2009-10 season
Hearts of Oak 2-0 RTU
RTU 0-0 Hearts of Oak

• 2010-11 season
RTU 2-1 Hearts of Oak
Hearts of Oak 0-1 RTU *

• 2012-13 season
Hearts of Oak 3-2 RTU
RTU 0-4 Hearts of Oak *

• 2021-22 season
Sunday, 13th Feb. 2022 (Day 17)
RTU 0-0 Hearts of Oak
Sunday, 19th June, 2022 (Day 34)
Hearts of Oak 1-4 RTU *
Seidu Suraj 9′, Mohammed Alhassan 78′ (OG)//Ronald Frimpong (brace) 19′, 38′, David Sandan Abagna 30′ (pen)

• 2022-23 season
Sunday, 5th Feb. 2023 (Day 16)
RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak
Abdul Manaf Umar 83′
Sunday, 4th June, 2023 (Day 33)
Hearts of Oak 1-2 RTU *
Linda Mtange 35’//Abdul Manaf Umar 46′, Dankwa Stephen Badu 80′
NB: Eric Esso (Hearts of Oak) [72′] and Mohammed Hafiz (RTU) [90+4′] was red carded

• 2023-24 season
Friday, 15th September, 2023 (Day 1)
RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak
Eric Owusu Afriyie 90+3′
MVP: Lord Hilary Adabo (RTU)

Total matches played – 29
Hearts of Oak wins – 13
Goals scored – 35
RTU wins – 10
Goals scored – 27
Drawn games – 6

• The last time RTU won @ Hearts of Oak Home Grounds in the GPL is 4th June, 2023 in match Day 33 in the 2022-23 season (1-2).

• Since 1978 season, RTU have won TRICE @ Hearts of Oak Home Grounds in the GPL.

• Hearts of Oak are winless in their last five (5) games against RTU in the GPL.
• 13/02/22 RTU 0-0 Hearts of Oak (Day 17) [2021-22]
• 19/06/22 Hearts of Oak 1-4 RTU Day (34) [2021-22]
• 05/02/23 RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak (Day 16) [2022-23]
• 04/06/23 Hearts of Oak 1-2 RTU (Day 33) [2022-23]
• 15/09/23 RTU 1-0 Hearts of Oak (Day 1) [2023-24]
D1 L4 GF2 GA8

• The last time Hearts of Oak won over RTU in the GPL was 8th May, 2013 in match Day 25 in the 2012-13 season (0-4).

CURRENT FORM:

• Hearts of Oak are unbeaten in their last three (3) games in the GPL (W1 D2 GF2 GA1). The last time Hearts lost a game in the competition was 10th Dec. 2023 in match Day 14 in the 2023-24 season against Asante Kotoko (2-3).

• Richard Atta (GK) and Richmond Ayi (GK) of Hearts of Oak have kept 4 clean sheets each after Day 17 games.

• Abdul Rauf Mohammed (GK) of RTU have kept 2 clean sheets after Day 17 games.

• A total of thirteen (13) players from Hearts of Oak and RTU have scored 27 goals in combined after Day 17 games.

• 6 goals (2 players)
– Hamza Issah (Hearts of Oak)
– Eric Owusu Afriyie (RTU)

• 4 goals (1 player)
– Alhassan Mankuyeli Mohammed (RTU)

• 2 goals (1 player)
– Martin Karikari (Hearts of Oak)

• 1 goal (9 players)
– Rasmos Kashala Wanet (Hearts of Oak)
– Salifu Ibrahim (Hearts of Oak)
– Raphael Amponsah (Hearts of Oak)
– Gideon Asante (Hearts of Oak)
– Linda Mtange (Hearts of Oak)
– Mohammed Hardi Abdulai (RTU)
– Shayibu Abubakari (RTU)
– Abdul Aziz (RTU)
– Abdul Lukman Shakul (RTU)

• A total of twelve (12) players from Hearts of Oak and RTU have been awarded 15 MVPs after Day 17 games.

• 3 MVPs (1 player)
– Ibrahim Salifu (Hearts of Oak)

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• 2 MVPs (1 player)
– Michael Ampadu (Hearts of Oak)

• 1 MVP (10 players)
– Abdul Aziz Nurudeen (Hearts of Oak)
– Kelvin Osei Asibey (Hearts of Oak)
– Richard Atta [GK] (Hearts of Oak)
– Lord Hilary Adabo (RTU)
– Baba Kushibo (RTU)
– Shayibu Abubakari (RTU)
– Abdul Bashiru (RTU)
– Alhassan Mankuyeli Mohammed (RTU)
– Eric Owusu Afriyie (RTU)
– Faisal Gariba (RTU)

MATCH FACTS:

• Hearts of Oak Home games against teams based in the NORTHERN REGION in the GPL since 2021-22 season.
• 19/06/22 Hearts of Oak 1-4 RTU (Day 34) [2021-22]
• 07/01/23 Hearts of Oak 3-2 Tamale City (Day 11) [2022-23]
• 04/06/23 Hearts of Oak 1-2 RTU (Day 33) [2022-23]
W1 L2 GF5 GA8

• Hearts of Oak SCORED/CONCEDED in each of their previous Home games against teams based in the NORTHERN REGION in the GPL since 2021-22 season.

• RTU Away games against teams based in the GREATER ACCRA REGION in the GPL since 2021-22 season.
• 06/11/21 Legon Cities 3-2 RTU (Day 20) [2021-22]
• 27/12/21 Accra Lions 2-1 RTU (Day 10) [2021-22]
• 28/02/22 Great Olympics 2-1 RTU (Day 18) [2021-22]
• 19/06/22 Hearts of Oak 1-4 RTU (Day 34) [2021-22]
• 16/11/22 Great Olympics 2-1 RTU (Day 7) [2022-23]
• 05/03/23 Legon Cities 1-1 RTU (Day 20) [2022-23]
• 30/04/23 Accra Lions 1-2 RTU (Day 29) [2022-23]
• 04/06/23 Hearts of Oak 1-2 RTU (Day 33) [2022-23]
• 20/10/23 Accra Lions 1-3 RTU * (Day 6) [2023-24]
• 10/12/23 Legon Cities 3-1 RTU (Day 14) [2023-24]
W4 D1 L5 GF18 GA17

• RTU have SCORED/CONCEDED in each of their Away games against teams based in the GREATER ACCRA REGION in the GPL since 2021-22 season.

• Hearts of Oak Day 18 Home game in the GPL since 1999 season.
2000 Hearts of Oak 2-1 Kwaebibirem
2001 Hearts of Oak 3-0 Goldfields
2002 Hearts of Oak 5-1 Goldfields
2003 Hearts of Oak 1-1 Asante Kotoko
2006-07 Hearts of Oak 3-0 Power FC
2007-08 Hearts of Oak 1-0 Zaytuna United
2008-09 Hearts of Oak 2-2 Sekondi Eleven Wonders
2010-11 Hearts of Oak 0-1 Heart of Lions *
2012-13 Hearts of Oak 3-1 Berekum Arsenal
2013-14 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Ebusua Dwarfs
2015-16 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Aduana Stars
2017 Hearts of Oak 4-0 Bolga All Stars
2020-21 Hearts of Oak 2-0 Aduana FC
2022-23 Hearts of Oak 0-2 Aduana FC *
W8 D4 L2 GF26 GA9

• NB: In 2006-07 season, awarded 3-0 to Hearts of Oak, because Power fielded ineligible player. Originally 1-2 to Power FC.

• RTU are yet to WIN Day 18 Away game in the GPL since 1999 season.
2000 Goldfields 1-0 RTU
2001 Ghapoha 2-0 RTU
2002 Liberty Prof. 2-0 RTU
2006-07 All Blacks 0-0 RTU
2007-08 Berekum Arsenal 1-0 RTU
2008-09 Kessben 1-1 RTU
2010-11 Medeama 2-1 RTU
2021-22 Great Olympics 2-1 RTU
2022-23 FC Samartex 3-0 RTU
D2 L7 GF3 GA14

• The first time Hearts of Oak lost @ Home in the GPL since 1999 season is 24th Mar. 1999 in match Day 5 in the 1999 season against Great Olympics (0-1).

– Since then, Hearts have played 316 Home games in the GPL.
W196 D77 L44 GF546 GA243

• The last time Hearts of Oak lost @ Home in the GPL is 10th December, 2023 in match Day 14 in the 2023-24 season against Asante Kotoko (2-3).

– Since then, Hearts have played 1 Home game (90 mins) so far in the GPL.
W1 GF1 GA0

• Hearts of Oak have so far lost 45 out of 321 Home games in the GPL since 1999 season.

• Hearts of Oak have so far played 321 Home games in the GPL since 1999 season.
W199 D77 L45 GF550 GA245

• The first time Real Tamale United (RTU) won an Away game in the GPL since 1999 season is 11th April, 1999 in match Day 7 in the 1999 season against Ebusua Dwarfs (2-3).

– Since then, RTU have played 225 Away games so far in the GPL;
W24 D44 L157 GF128 GA365

• The last time Real Tamale United (RTU) won an Away game in the GPL is 20th Oct. 2023 in match Day 6 in the 2023-24 season against Accra Lions (1-3).

– Since then, RTU have played 5 Away games (450 mins) so far in the GPL.

L5 GF2 GA12

• Real Tamale United (RTU) have so far played 229 Away games in the GPL since 1999 season.
W25 D46 L158 GF132 GA371

• Hearts of Oak HOME matches in the month of FEBRUARY in the GPL since 1999.
07/02/99 Hearts of Oak 4-1 Afienya United
14/02/99 Hearts of Oak 2-0 Liberty Professionals
15/02/07 Hearts of Oak 2-1 Sekondi Hasaacas
24/02/07 Hearts of Oak 0-1 Tema Youth
11/02/09 Hearts of Oak 2-1 Ashanti Gold
07/02/10 Hearts of Oak 2-3 Liberty Professionals *
21/02/10 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Ashanti Gold
26/02/12 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Bechem United
24/02/13 Hearts of Oak 1-0 King Faisal
05/02/14 Hearts of Oak 0-3 All Stars *
26/02/14 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Ebusua Dwarfs
04/02/15 Hearts of Oak 1-1 Liberty Professionals
11/02/15 Hearts of Oak 1-2 Edubiase United
25/02/15 Hearts of Oak 3-2 Aduana FC
21/02/16 Hearts of Oak 1-0 New Edubiase United
19/02/17 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Medeama SC
26/02/17 Hearts of Oak 2-1 All Stars
07/02/21 Hearts of Oak 1-1 Legon Cities
21/02/21 Hearts of Oak 3-2 Ebusua Dwarfs
06/02/22 Hearts of Oak 0-1 Great Olympics *
01/02/23 Hearts of Oak 0-0 Legon Cities
11/02/23 Hearts of Oak 3-1 Berekum Chelsea
19/02/23 Hearts of Oak 0-2 Aduana FC
W10 D7 L6 GF28 GA23

• Real Tamale United (RTU) Away matches in the month of FEBRUARY in the GPL since 1999 season.
07/02/99 King Faisal 0-0 RTU
14/02/99 Dawu 1-1 RTU
14/02/07 Power 3-2 RTU
25/02/07 Asante Kotoko 0-1 RTU *
11/02/09 Eleven Wise 2-0 RTU
07/02/10 King Faisal 1-0 RTU
27/07/10 Liberty Prof. 2-0 RTU
05/02/22 King Faisal 2-0 RTU
28/02/22 Great Olympics 2-1 RTU
01/02/23 Bechem United 6-2 RTU
12/02/23 King Faisal 1-0 RTU
19/02/23 FC Samartex 3-0 RTU
W1 D2 L9 GF5 GA23

• The last Away side to prevent Hearts of Oak from scoring @ Home in the GPL is Legon Cities who secured goalless drawn game on 12th Nov. 2023 in match Day 10 in the 2023-24 season.

• Hearts of Oak have so far kept 268 CLEAN SHEETS out of 641 games in the GPL since 1999 season.

• Real Tamale United (RTU) have so far kept 145 CLEAN SHEETS out of 456 games in the GPL since 1999 season.

• Hearts of Oak have won the Ghana League title on 21 occasions since the competition started in the 1956 season.

• Real Tamale United (RTU) Best position in the Ghana League History since 1978 is 2nd on two occasions (1994-95 & 1996-97) seasons.

• Hearts of Oak worse performance in the Ghana League since the competition started in 1956 is 13th with 40 points in the 2014-15 season.

• Real Tamale United have been relegated on two (2) occasions since joining the Ghana League in 1978 (2010-11 & 2012-13) seasons.

• Hearts of Oak are 11th with 21 points after Day 17 games while RTU on the other hand are 17th with 17 points on the Ghana top-flight log.

Kick off is 3pm at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Prediction: Home/draw

Source: Isaac Ampoash

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