Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekend Preview 2-3 June

Chainat v Buriram Utd
Bangkok Glass v TOT
Thai Port v Isan Utd

Samut Songkhram v Osotspa Saraburi
TTM v Army Utd
Chiang Rai Utd v Wuachon Utd
Police v Chonburi
Pattaya Utd v Muangthong Utd

The draw between Buriram and Muangthong on Wednesday meant that Muangthong maintained their 10 point advantage over the Thunder Castle. The pair of title favorites have tricky away matches this weekend with Buriram United at Chainat and Muangthong at Nong Prue to face Pattaya. Muangthong will be without fans favorite Mario Gjurovski through suspension while Teerasil is rated as 50/50.

Edit – Mario Gjurovski’s three match ban was overturned and he’s available for the trip to Pattaya on Sunday.

BEC Tero and Bangkok Glass both have home fixtures against what they will regard as beatable Bangkok opposition. Tero will be hoping that their capitulation in Isan was just a temporary blip and that normal business will be resumed against BBCU on Saturday evening. Bangkok Glass lost their first home game last week and winning against TOT won't be easy. BG fans will need no reminding that the telephone company did the double over them last season.

The Army Stadium will welcome Chonburi for the second time in as many weeks as Police United use the stadium for the second time. They've previously used the IPE in Chonburi as their Thammasart home is still being renovated after the flood last year. The Sharks have lost on their last two visits to the Army Stadium and they'll be hoping that a change of opponent might bring them a change of fortune.

The bottom three of Thai Port, TTM and Samut Songkhram are in danger of being cut adrift if they don't start picking up wins fairly quickly. Ulrich Munze makes his first return to the PAT with his new club Isan United. The Thai Port fans will be hoping that their former keeper has one of his off days as they search for their second home win of the season. TTM finally have started scoring goals, but at the other end they are leaking them too. They play host to Army United on Sunday while bottom side Samut Songkhram have a home tie with Osotspa.

The final game is Chiang Rai United against the unpredictable Wuachon United.

Division 1
Bangkok FC v Bangkok Utd
Khon Kaen v Korat
Suphanburi v Raj Pracha
Sriracha v JW Rangsit
Saraburi v Songkla

Pattalung v PTT Rayong
Ratchaburi v Siam Navy

It's a round of fixtures which mainly features teams in the top half against teams in the lower half. Leaders Ratcahaburi on the back of their 9-1 thrashing of Chantaburi hope to make it five wins on the trot as they welcome Siam Navy who themselves are unbeaten in four. Second placed Bangkok United make the trip over Rama 9 bridge to Bang Mot to meet a Bangkok FC side that has slipped back into the relegation zone after two defeats.
Krabi have the weekend off so Suphanburi would be expected to jump back into the top 3 with a home tie against faltering Raj Pracha. Sriracha should beat JW Rangsit at home while PTT Rayong will be looking to make it a treble of wins when the visit Pattalung.
Reuther Moreira is officially now the head coach of Nakhon Ratchasima as Tewet Kamolsin has been moved upstairs. Whether or not Tewet will have any influence over the side from his new position "upstairs" remains to be seen. The Swatcats first assignment under Moreira is a north-east derby match at Khon Kaen. The pair were two leagues apart last season but as it stands now they are both firmly established into the middle zone of Division 1.

Division 2 Bangkok
Rangsit FC v Bangkok Christian

Samut Prakarn Utd v Thai Honda
Kasem Bundit v Central Lions
Luk Esan v Kasetsart

R-BEC v Rayong Utd
Assumption Thonburi v Krung Thonburi
Globex v Customs Utd
North Bangkok v Samut Sakhon
Nonthaburi v Chamchuri Utd

The top 4 sides all hit the road this weekend. Thai Honda make the short trip to Samut Prakarn United, while Samut Sakhon and Rayong Utd face tough examinations as they visit university sides North Bangkok and R-BEC. Kasetsart will almost feel at home as the visit Luk Esan at the Bunyajinda Stadium which is only a couple of miles from their main university campus.
At the bottom end of the table, the Thonburi suburb of Bangkok will be split in two as its local sides of Assumption and Krung tussle to be the toast of Thonburi town. 

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