The Porcupine Warriors made a good account of themselves against Berekum Chelsea last weekend and now have a big mountain to climb to overcome a resilient Olympics side on Friday.
The Dade boys will come into this game with high hopes of grabbing all maximum points at stake following their woeful 2-0 loss to Legon Cities last time out.
With just a point separating both clubs and currently placed 1st and 2nd on the log ahead of Friday’s encounter, there is nothing to expect than fireworks at the Accra Sports stadium.
So, to defeat a tough Olympics side, here's the Kotoko lineup that could start on Friday afternoon.
Razak Abalora (GK) - Despite the defensive line in front of him regularly changing, Abalora remains as reliable as ever in the Kotoko goal.
Samuel Frimpong (RB) - Has become a regular in the Kotoko side under Barreto and some bright performances of late should see him in the starting lineup for Friday’s clash.
Abdul Ganiyu (CB) - The defender has stepped up massively this term and has proven how reliable he can be in the big moments.
Mubarak Yussif (CB) - Similarly, Yussif has impressed when given his opportunities, despite having a strong start to his Kotoko career. He has formed an impregnable partnership with Ganiyu and are arguably the best centre-back pair in the league.
Ibrahim Imoro (LB) - Can be a real threat going forward, but will likely have a tough day at the office defending against Joshua Rhule and attacking against Phillip Sackey.
Habib Mohammed (CM) - An okay performance against Berekum Chelsea, so Barreto should keep the momentum going by starting Habib again.
Mudasiru Salifu (CM) - Can be a real creative force on his day.
Godfred Asiamah (AM) – With Gama’s absence due to accumulated cards, Asiamah is tipped to fill the void. Finally getting a good of games for the Porcupine Warriors and has shown glimpses of why the Kotoko faithful have put their faith in him - a match-winning performance on Friday will go a long way to winning over the neutral football fans alike.
Emmanuel Gyamfi (RW) - May be pushed out wide for this one and, while he's been a stand out for Kotoko of late, could be in for a rough time against Samuel Ashie Quaye.
Francis Andy Kumi (ST) – He has scored two in two appearances for his new employers and seems to playing with confidence at the moment. Will need to be on top form as the onus to score is on Kotoko.
Augustine Okrah (LW) - Kotoko's magic man will be expected to put in a big shift if they want any hope of somehow beating Olympics and maintain their position on top of the table, but his splendid performance against Chelsea gives them a glimmer of hope.