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Ghana Premier League Comprehensive Statistical review of GPL after match day 5

Pulse Sports statistical analyst, Thomas Freeman Yeboah reflects on vital statistics of the Ghana Premier League (GPL), after match day 5.

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Accra Hearts of Oak are making a lot of headlines, scoring plenty of goals, sensational comebacks and the best of second half performances that have earned Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s charges a lot of plaudits

General stats

A total of 38 matches have been played so far, with two games declared outstanding, due to Medeama’s engagements in the CAF Confederations Cup.

A total of 68 goals have been scored, which is an average of 1.8 goals per game.

Hearts of Oak are leading the pack with 13 points, while Medeama are lying at the bottom of the table, but with two outstanding games.

Hearts of Oak have scored 9 goals this season, which are the most goals scored by a team.

A total of 27 wins have been recorded in 38 games, a percentage of 71.05% of wins.

Hearts of Oak are the team with most wins: 4 wins.

There have 4 away wins thus far: Hearts of Oak’s wins at Medeama and Inter Allies, All Stars’ win at Aduana Stars and Dreams FC’s win against at Dwarfs on match day 1. In percentage wise 19% of the wins were recorded in away games.

11 drawn games have been witnessed in 38 league games, which is 28.9%.

Ashgold have drawn four games which is the most by a club.

The Phobians have scored more goals in the second half than any other side. 8 of their 9 goals have come in the second half of the four games they managed to score, which is an indication that Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s charges fitness levels are high.

The most goals scored on a match day are 15: Match day 1, day 2 and day 3, all recorded 15 goals.

The least number of goals scored on a match day are 11, which happened on match day 5 and it could be attributed to the fact that it is a game short of day 1, 2 and 3. 7 matches were also played on match day 4,  instead of 8 which also registered 12 goals.

The highest scoring game was witnessed on match day two when Hasaacas defeated Techiman City 4-2 in a 6-goal thriller.

The highest number of goals scored by a single club in a game is 5 goals by WAFA in a 5-0 win over Hasaacas on match day 3.

Stats on players

Charles Boateng was the first player to score a goal this season, when his opener aided WAFA to edge Kotoko 2-0, with Samuel Tetteh scoring the other in the opening day of the Ghana Premier League

The leading top scorer is Samuel Tetteh of WAFA with 4 goals to his credit.

The first hat-trick of the season was registered by Samuel Tetteh on match day 3 when WAFA thrashed Hasaacas 5-0.

The first player to be sent off was Eric Kumi, for receiving a 2nd booking for taking off his shirt, after scoring against Medeama.

Emmanuel Hayford and Lord Ofushene of Dreams FC and Inter Allies respectively were the first two persons to see a direct red card, following a scuffle between them in their sides 2-2 draw.

Statistics peculiar to match day 5

Heart of Oak are the only side to win from a losing position, when they fought from two goals down to beat Inter Allies 3-2 on match day 5.

Kotoko earned their first win of the season by beating Hasaacas by a goal to nil in Kumasi on Friday to end their poor run of results this season that equaled their worst start to a league that date back to 1974.

Hearts of Oak after the win against Inter Allies have now won 4 and drawn 1 in 5 games which is their best start to a league since 2003. It was 2002 that they won all their first 5 matches and have since not done better or equaled that feat.

Inter Allies lost at home for the first time since April 25, 2015, when they threw away a 2-0 lead against Hearts of Oak and lost 3-2 on Sunday, when the Phobians staged a remarkable comeback. WAFA were the last team to win at Tema against Inter Allies, before yesterday’s defeat and after that went 7 matches unbeaten winning 3 and drawing 4.

Dreams FC were handed their first defeat in the ongoing season by their fellow debutants Techiman City 0-1 to end their 4 games unbeaten run. They were one of the 4 remaining teams undefeated prior to match day 5.

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