Thursday, August 4, 2011

Weekend Preview 6/7 August

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

The big question on every Thai football fans' lips this weekend is whether or not Robbie Fowler will make his TPL debut for Muangthong United. They have a 4pm kick off at Thai Port's PAT Stadium which suggests that we may only see a brief substitute appearance from the cheerful Scouser.
Army and Bangkok Glass shared the spoils at the LEO Stadium earlier in the season and a similar result might happen again at the Royal Thai Army Stadium when they encounter each other on Saturday.
On Sunday, TOT will play their first TPL game at their TOT Stadium in Chaeng Wattana. They have a difficult baptism as they'll face 2nd placed, Chonburi.
BEC Tero travel to bottom side Siam Navy, and they'll surely be looking for 3 points while Police Utd will be hoping that the mid-season break will have reignited their early season promise.

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

The promotion clash of Songkla v Buriram won't involve any Bangkok sides, but it's worth pointing out that this game is a 21,000 sellout. That's right, 21,000!!!
The big game of the weekend for Bangkok sides is Bangkok Utd v Air Force. Rumour has it that the game will be played at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng. It's a move that will please most of the Bangkok Utd faithful. Across the Vipavadee Road on Sunday, BBCU will meet Phuket. The Southern Sea Kirins are a decent side and will provide BBCU with a stern test.
Thai Honda will fancy making it 6 points from 6 with a home game against Raj Pracha, and RBAC will be hoping for something similar from their clash against Chainat.

Division 2 (Bangkok)
Prachinburi v Kasetsart (Sat)
Kasem Bundit v Bkk Christian (Sat)
Jamjuree v Thai Fleet (Sat)
North Bangkok v Mapthaput Rayong (Sun)
Samut Prakarn Utd v Thanyaburi Asia Utd (Sun)
Raj Vithi v Thai Airways Luk Issan (Sun)
Globex v Nontaburi (Sun)
Assumption Thonburi v NSRU (Sun)

Fourth placed Prachinburi will host top side Kasetsart. The Emerald Nagas are unbeaten away from home and should keep this record intact after their visit to Prachinburi. The other promotion challengers North Bangkok, Raj Vithi and Samut Prakarn all have home games against lower half opposition.

Toyota League Cup Results
Kasetsart 2-2 Muangthong (3-4)
Thai Port 2-0 Police (2-0)
Sisaket 1-1 Chonburi (1-2)
Buriram PEA 3-1 Chiang Mai (3-1)
Bec Tero 2-0 Suphanburi (1st leg)

Muangthong, Thai Port, Chonburi and Buriram PEA join Chiang Rai, Phuket and Pattalung in the last 8.Suphanburi and BEC Tero will play their second leg next Wednesday.

Division 2 (Bangkok) Results
Prachinburi 2-0 Jamjuree
North Bangkok 3-0 Nontaburi

Prachinburi and North Bangkok put their bad recent runs behind themselves with respectable home wins. The 3-0 loss for Nontaburi against North Bangkok leaves them a mountain to climb if they want to make the playoffs. 

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