Thursday, November 17, 2011

Weekend Preview 19-20 November

Khon Kaen v Osotspa (Sat)
Bangkok Glass v Pattaya (Sun)
Samut Songkhram v Chonburi (Sun)
Buriram PEA v TTM Phichit (Sun)

Buriram PEA will open a 12 point lead on Muangthong if they can beat TTM on Sunday. Muangthong United don't have a game this weekend although their Yamaha Stadium will host the Bangkok Glass v Pattaya match as the area surrounding the Leo Stadium is still flooded. The last time these two sides clashed was Feb 12th way back on the opening day of the season. That game must feel like an eternity ago for the residents of flooded Pathumthani.
Khon Kaen could move off the bottom of the league and only one point from safety if they can collect three points against Osotspa. Samut Songkhram also needs points to beat the drop and a victory over Chonburi would give them some much needed breathing space from the bottom 3 sides.

Division 1
RBAC v Buriram FC (Sat)
Suphanburi v Saraburi (Sat)
Chantaburi v Thai Honda (Sun)

Buriram FC need only six points from their remaining seven games to ensure promotion to the TPL. The Lava will cut that target in half if they can win at RBAC. On the other side of the coin, RBAC would move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season if they can win this one.

Division 2 Play-offs
(Group A) (Saturday)
Ratchaburi v Loei City
Kasetsart v Phichit
Phitsanoluk v Pattalung

(Group B) (Sunday)
Roi Et v North Bangkok
Rayong v Korat
Lamphun v Krabi

The current standings after 5 games at the half way stage is:

Group A - Pattalung 12, Ratchaburi 11,  Loei 7, Phitsanoluk 6, Phichit 6, Kasetsart 1

Group B - Krabi 11, Korat 10, Rayong 8, Roi Et 6, Lamphun 3, North Bangkok 2

Wins for Pattalung and Ratchaburi this Saturday would almost guarantee them a spot in Division 1 next season. Three points for either wouldn't necessarily cue the popping of champagne corks, but I reckon it would be prudent to start chilling the bottles of bubbly. Kasetsart's promotion bid has already sunk and the subdued Jatujak side will play a low key match against Phichit at their university campus in Kampheang Saen, Nakhon Pathom.

Last weekend Korat had to withstand a second half barrage from Rayong in their 2-0 victory over the Wild Horses. Both sides meet again this Sunday and Rayong need a win to move back into one of the promotion places. Korat on the other hand, would surely settle for a point as that would keep them in the top 2. If Roi Et hadn't been docked 3 points for fielding to many foreigners against Korat on matchday 1, they'd be sitting in second place. The White Squirrels have three of their remaining five games at home with struggling North Bangkok being the first of those visitors. The other game in the group is Lamphun v Krabi. The Warriors faithful have had to endure 3 stalemates at he their home venue in the play-offs. Will they finally see a goal this weekend?

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