Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend Preview 16-17 June

TTM v Buriram Utd (Sunday)

Buriram United have been playing with supreme confidence away from home in the TPL with a 100% winning record from three games. Meanwhile, TTM haven't found the net at home in five attempts and their stale brand of football has yet to arouse the Chiang Mai public. Surely there will be only one winner in this match!!

Division 1
Bangkok Utd v Khon Kaen

FC Phuket v Bangkok FC
Songkla v Pattalung

The Bangkok Angels have the chance to close within two points of leaders Ratchaburi and more importantly, they can open a four point gap on fourth placed Suphanburi if they can defeat the T-Rex on Saturday evening in Din Daeng. 
Songkla should fancy their chances of beating an imploding Pattalung club who have been asset stripping themselves during the last couple of weeks. The Swiftlets currently occupy the fifth relegation spot and flying back into the safety net doesn't seem conceivable at this point. Another team from the south in relegation danger and financial dire straits are FC Phuket. They'll meet a  Bangkok FC team which did the double over them last season scoring 9 goals in the process.

Div 2 (BKK)
Luk Esan v Chamchuri Utd
R-BEC v Central Lions
Assumption Thonburi v Rayong Utd
Samut Prakarn Utd v Samut Sakhon
Kasem Bundit v Customs Utd

Globex v Bangkok Christian
Thai Honda v Krung Thonburi
North Bangkok v Rangsit FC
Nonthaburi v Kasetsart

The Bangkok region of the second division enters its second leg with Toyota League Cup giant killers Kasetsart and Customs Utd back in league action. Kasetsart produced the shock of the league cup when they hammered Esan United 4-0 while Customs knocked out BBCU 3-2. This weekend, Kasetsart have no room for complacency as they visit struggling Nonthaburi. Customs have a more difficult task at mid-table Kasem Bundit.
League toppers, Rayong United, begin the second stage with a winnable game at Assumption Thonburi while the other Thonburi side, Krung Thonburi, travel to third placed Thai Honda who caused the mighty Muangthong a brief scare last weekend when they took the lead against the TPL leaders before eventually being pipped 2-1 in the league cup.
Samut Sakhon in second visit a Samut Prakarn Utd side that had a storming second half last season and just fell short of reaching the play-offs at the final hurdle. For me, the Crab Devils are already too far off the pace to make a similar burst this season.

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