Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekend 24-26 Feb Preview

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Thailand v Maldives (Friday)

This warm-up match will be played at the Chiang Mai Stadium in preparation for the national team's trip to Oman next Wednesday. The Maldives are currently ranked 173 in the World Football Elo rankings, some 63 places below Thailand in 110.

Div 2 BKK
Kasem Bundit v Bangkok Christian
Luk Issan Thai Airways v Krung Thonburi FC
Thai Honda v Prachinburi FC (Rayong United)
Nontaburi FC v Samut Sakhon FC
Assumption Thonburi v Chamchuri Utd
Globex FC v Rangsit FC
Customs United v North Bangkok FC
RBAC - BEC Tero Sasana v Kasetsart
Central Lions FC v Samut Prakarn Utd

It's still early doors in the Bangkok region and as I mentioned last week it's far too early to be forecasting any promotion contenders from this batch of teams. Globex, Chamchuri, Kasetsart, North Bangkok, Central, Prachinburi and Thai Honda all accomplished opening day victories. Another 3 points for any of these teams this weekend would move them to the front of the pack for this enduring 34 game season.
Prachinburi FC are now playing in Klaeng, Rayong. In the Thai press this week, they've been referred to as "Prachinburi FC (Rayong United)." Most likely they will eventually evolve into Rayong United dropping any connections with Prachinburi.

Div 2 Central/East
There are three teams in the Central/East region that are playing at stadiums within a stone's throw of Bangkok. Samut Prakarn FC are currently using the Chalerm Prakiat 72 Stadium in Minburi. Thanyaburi Asia United are still at the Chalerm Prakiat Khlong 6 Stadium in Pathumthani and Pathumthani FC are playing at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University near Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate.
This Sunday, Samut Prakarn FC welcome Rayong FC to the 72nd Anniversary Stadium in Minburi. If previous encounters between these pair are anything to go by, this promises to be a fiercely contested match both on and off the field.

Div 2 North East
Nakhon Phanom v Sisaket United (Saturday 4pm)
Loei City v Roi Et United (Sunday 5pm)

SMMTV, a new Thai media network, are screening live Division 2 games this season. Last weekend they chose two games from the Northern region and rather disappointingly they both finished in goalless draws. This weekend they'll be screening two games from the North East section. On Saturday the controversially newly formed Sisaket United travel to Nakhon Phanom, and Sunday sees the battle between last year's top two, Loei City and Roi Et Utd. 

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