Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekend Preview 13 / 14 August

Sisaket v Army Utd (Sat)
Chonburi v Buriram PEA (Sat)
BEC Tero v Samut Songkram (Sat)
Police Utd v Siam Navy (Sat)
Khon Kaen v TTM Pichit (Sun)
Chiang Rai v Sriracha (Sun)
Pattaya v TOT (Sun)
Bangkok Glass v Thai Port (Sun)
Muangthong v Osotspa Saraburi (Sun)

Most eyes this weekend will be on the 'supermatch' between Chonburi and Buriram PEA. Franck Ohandza and Clarence Bitang are still on international duty with Cameroon's U20's so they'll be unavailable for the Thunder Castle. The Chonburi Sharks will see this as a great chance to close the 7 point gap at the top. Nonetheless, a loss for the home side would surely rule them out of the Championship race.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the Army have a difficult game up at Sisaket, BEC Tero have an easier task at home to Samut Songkram, and Police Utd should end their 5 gaming losing streak as they play host to bottom placed, Siam Navy.
The pick of the Sunday games is Bangkok Glass v Thai Port. Both sides have played poorly since the 2nd half of the season resumed. BG will see this game as a quick opportunity to make amends for their 6-2 trouncing at Muangthong last Wednesday. While on the subject of MTU, they have another home match this time against Osotspa Saraburi. TOT are away to Pattaya and a win over the Dolphins could see them climb out of the relegation zone.  

Division 1
JW Rangsit v Phuket (Sat)
Suphanburi v RBAC (Sat)
Chainat v Bangkok Utd (Sat)
Raj Pracha v BBCU (Sun)
Chantaburi v Chiang Mai (Sun)
SP Customs v Thai Honda (Sun)
Air Force v Songkla (Sun)
Buriram FC v PTT Rayong (Sun)
Saraburi v Bangkok FC (Sun)

An absorbing relegation battle is developing in Division 1. RBAC are still glued to the foot of the table and will travel to face fellow strugglers, Suphanburi. Thai Honda and Customs have both won back-to back fixtures since the mid-season break, and it should be a tense affair for the Latkrabang derby. A win for either side would see them leap above Bangkok FC if they were to lose at Saraburi.
The Thupatemi Stadium will host JW Rangsit v Phuket on Saturday, and 24 hours later the unpredictable Air Force will take on fourth placed Songkla.
At the top, BBCU will head out to the western outskirts of the city to play Raj Pracha while Bangkok Utd will need to be at their best for their away trip to Chainat.

Division 2 (Bangkok)
Thanyaburi Asia Utd v Thai Fleet (Sat)
Kasetsart v SP United (Sat)
NSRU v Raj Vithi (Sat)
Mapthaput Rayong v Globex (Sun)
Bkk Christian v Thai Airways Luk Issan (Sun)
Assumption Thonburi v Kasem Bundit (Sun)

There are only 6 games this weekend as the other 2 games were played at the beginning of the month. Second place Kasetsart will play third placed Samut Prakarn United. SP Utd have won their last 4 games, and if they made it number 5 at Kasetsat, they'd close to within one point of the leaders, North Bangkok. The only other game involving a promotion seeking side is the one between NSRU v Raj Vithi in Nakhon Sawan. The Bangkok side have been shaky lately and may struggle again this weekend as they head up north.

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