Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weekend Preview 4-7 May

Army Utd v Chonburi

Osotspa Saraburi v Muangthong
BBCU v Pattaya Utd
TOT v Chiang Rai Utd

Isan Utd v Police Utd
Chianat v TTM
Bangkok Glass v Samut Songkram
Thai Port v BEC Tero

Buriram Utd v Wuachon Utd

The TPL will be spread over four days this holiday weekend with Army United and Chonburi kicking the action off on Friday night.  Army's home form has been patchy with only one win collected from four against opposition that are currently below them in the league standings. Chonburi are unbeaten but have drawn all three of their games on the road. Last season Chonburi won a 4-3 thriller in the corresponding fixture although Army exacted some revenge a few months later by eliminating the Sharks in last 8 of the FA Cup.
Muangthong's visit to Osotspa Saraburi will bring back memories of last season's 5-1 thrashing. This game was at the beginning of the campaign and looking back now it was an early indication of troubled times for the Kirins in 2011. Right now though, Muangthong sit proudly on top of the league and could move temporarily 5 points clear of Buriram United with a victory in Saraburi.
BBCU and TOT squat just outside of the bottom three and will be looking at their home games this Saturday as a chance to creep into mid-table. Due to fixture juggling, this will be TOT's sixth home game out of eight while it's only BBCU's third game at the Rajamangla. BBCU welcome an off-color Pattaya United and TOT take on a Chiang Rai Utd side that appear to be suffering from a bit of second season syndrome.
On Sunday there are four matches which include a downtown Bangkok derby between Thai Port and BEC Tero Sasana. The duo both gathered a fruitful return of points in April after sluggish starts in March. 
Bangkok Glass's unbeaten home record should remain intact after the visit of Samut Songkhram. The next stop for the TTM cavalcade of entertainment is Chainat while Police United hit the road for the sixth time in a matter of weeks as they make the long trip to Isan United.
The Monday night contest is an alluring one between Buriram United and Wuachon. As most Thai football fans are aware, Buriram FC transformed into Wuachon United during the close season. Wuachon have several ex Buriram PEA and Buriram FC players in their ranks, and this will be the first meeting of the clubs since their separation.

Division 1
Ratchaburi v Pattalung
FC Phuket v Saraburi
Chantaburi v Sriracha
Siam Navy v Suphanburi
Krabi v Khon Kaen

PTT Rayong v Bangkok Utd
Songkla v Korat
JW Rangsit v Raj Pracha
Air Force Utd v Bangkok FC

The top 3 all play at home this weekend. Leaders Krabi welcome Khon Kaen, Ratchaburi take on an out of sorts Pattalung and PTT Rayong host Bangkok United.
In fourth, Sriracha will be expecting 3 points from their trip to bottom placed Chantaburi while fifth placed Suphanburi might have to settle for a point at Siam Navy as the Sattahip side have drawn all of their home games this season.
Elsewhere, FC Phuket v Saraburi already has the look of a relegation 6 pointer and JW Rangsit need to bounce back against Raj Pracha after last week's humiliating 5-0 loss at Bangkok FC. The Bulligans and Air Force have both won their last two games to move out of the bottom 5 and the pair meet at the Thupatemi on Sunday. Songkla have won three out of three at home and they'll see the visit of Korat as a chance to extend that sequence to four.

Division 2 Bangkok
Samut Prakarn Utd v Luk Esan
Central Lions v Bangkok Christian
Rayong Utd v Kasem Bundit

Samut Sakhon v Customs Utd
Thai Honda v Nonthaburi
Assumption Thonburi v R-BEC
Kasetsart v Rangsit FC
Krung Thonburi v North Bangkok

The leading duo of Samut Sakhon and Thai Honda will be expecting home victories with games against opposition from the lower half of the table. Third placed R-BEC have yet to win away and they have a golden opportunity to change that when they visit Assumption Thonburi. Rayong United and Kasem Bundit meet on Saturday and the winner of this would move into the top 3 for at least 24 hours.

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