Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wednesday 13 June - Preview

Buriram Utd v Pattaya Utd
Muangthong v Police Utd
Army v Samut Songkhram
Osotspa Saraburi v BEC Tero
BBCU v Thai Port
Isan Utd v Bangkok Glass
TOT v Chainat
Chonburi v Chiang Rai Utd
Wuachon Utd v TTM

If the form book is played out according to script, then Police United will find themselves closer to the drop zone after they visit Muangthong United tomorrow evening. With BBCU and Thai Port meeting at the Rajamangala, it means that one or both of them will edge closer to the Crimson Cops if they lose. The currently homeless Pathumthani side haven't won for six games and have only picked up three points during this barren sequence.

Samut Songkhram will be monitoring their fax machine closely before they send off a copy of their team list after last weekend's fiasco. Although if the game at Kalasin is being used as a yardstick, then the Crazy Mackerels might be as well sticking to their 3-3-1 formation for their trip to Army as they produced their best performance of the season with only 8 men. Undoubtedly Army will recall their first team regulars after their fringe players lost to NSRU in the Toyota League Cup last Saturday.

The other side at the bottom, TTM, visit the crazy world of Wuachon who have recently seen fans and players vanish from their matches. The Fighting Bulls will be feeling confident after they made a preferable start to their Toyota Cup campaign last Sunday thumping Surin 5-0. TTM have struggled for goals all season and strengthening their strike force in the upcoming window is a top priority if they wish to remain in the TPL. Although reports in the last couple of days hint that TTM are in financial trouble and their recruiting policy during the next few weeks may be severely hindered.

Buriram United and Chonburi both have home fixtures which they'll be expected to win while it wouldn't surprise me if the stumbling pair of BG and BEC fail to pick up the much needed three points from their away trips.

TOT v Chainat has a content mid-table feel to it with a score draw a highly likely possibility.

Division 1
Chantaburi v Bangkok FC
Siam Navy v FC Phuket
Raj Pracha v Sriracha
Korat v Suphanburi
PTT Rayong v Air Force Utd
Krabi v Ratchaburi

The stand out match is sixth placed Krabi against top dogs Ratchaburi. Krabi have slipped out of the promotion spots after a recent poor run, but last time out they got back to winning ways beating southern rivals Pattalung 4-0. Ratchaburi, on the other hand have been formidable, banging in goals from right, left and centre. Their current run of five wins on the spin has helped open up a healthy five point lead on the chasing pack.
The contest between Korat and Suphanburi doesn't suggest many goals and one goal might be enough to win this one. Suphanburi are unbeaten on the road while the Swatcats have done better on their travels recently. 
PTT Rayong should have too much for Air Force and Sriracha will start as favorites at Raj Pracha as both of the eastern sides try to maintain their promotion push.
The hapless Chantaburi welcome a slightly out of sorts Bangkok FC while Siam Navy v Phuket should go the way of the home team.

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