Thursday, June 21, 2012

Weekend Preview 23-24 June

Buriram Utd v Chonburi
Army v TTM

Last night's 0-0 draw at BEC Tero means that Buriram United can't afford anything other than three points when they host Chonburi on Sunday. Even now if they win their two make up games, the best that they can do is draw to within two points of Muangthong. Last season's two league and cup games between the duo ended with home wins on Buriram soil, although the Chonburi faithful will be quick to point out that the last two meetings at other venues have gone their way. The Sharks are still a good outside bet for the TPL crown and a win on Sunday would hoist them above Buriram into second place. They would still be seven points behind leaders MTU albeit with a game in hand.

The Home of Gentlemen welcomes the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly on Sunday evening as well. It would have made more sense for me to have played this match on Saturday evening so that the Army could attract more local football fans. I'm sure when Sunday comes, many potential spectators will take the easy option of sitting in front of the TV to watch the other match rather than traipsing along to the Army Stadium. Or is it just me that would like to watch both games?

Division 1
FC Phuket v Chantaburi
JW Rangsit v Saraburi

FC Phuket have the chance to move out of the drop zone for the first time since the early weeks of the season. Their home game against Chantaburi should be a formality, providing the Hares turn up!

JW Rangsit have still to reach double figures in points yet they could haul themselves closer to safety if they won their couple of games in hand. This Sunday they take on Saraburi who are perched just outside the relegation placings.

Division 2
Rangsit FC v Globex

Bangkok Christian v Kasem Bundit
Krung Thonburi v Luk Esan
Rayong Utd v Thai Honda
Samut Prakan Utd v Central Lions

Samut Sakhon v Nonthaburi
Kasetsart v R-BEC
North Bangkok v Customs Utd
Chamchuri Utd v Assumption Thonburi

It's top versus bottom as leaders Samut Sakhon welcome Nonthaburi. The Proud Junk Ship have collected 25 out of a possible 27 points at home and have only conceded one goal in the process. The Eka on the other hand have collected a paltry 2 points from 24 on the road.
Form team Kasetsart take on an R-BEC side that hasn't travelled well while the tie of the weekend has to be third placed Rayong United against Thai Honda in fourth. Both sides have topped the table recently but they have both unexpectedly dropped points against lowly opposition too.

AFC U-22 Asian Championship Qualifying
Thailand v DPR Korea (23 June)
Thailand v Cambodia (25 June)
Thailand v Laos (28 June)
Thailand v China (30 June)
Thailand v Hong Kong (3 July)

For daily updates on this tournament, you can check Thai League Football and/or listen to Matt Riley's Twenty Four Hours in Thai Football.

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