Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weekend Preview 1 - 2 October

Navy v Bangkok Glass (Sat)
Samut Songkram v Muangthong (Sat)
BEC Tero v Police (Sun)
CR Utd v Khon Kaen (Sun)
TTM Pichit v Thai Port (Sun)
Army v TOT (Sun)
Sriracha v Pattaya (Sun)

Muangthong United will play their first TPL game since August 20th when they travel to Samut Songkram on Saturday. A win is essential for the Nontaburi side as they currently sit 12 points behind league leaders PEA.
Fourth placed Bangkok Glass' game down in Sattahip against Navy is a difficult one to call. Both teams have had mixed form lately so predicting a winner isn't an easy task.
The next two games for Army United will determine how the rest of their season will pan out. They host TOT this weekend and follow that up with a trip to Khon Kaen in two weeks time. Two wins would lift them back into mid-table safety while two defeats would leave them firmly in the relegation dogfight.
Under pressure Thongchai Sukkokee, takes his Thai Port side up to TTM Pichit. Despite reaching the Toyota League Cup final, the young coach has come under pressure for Port's poor league form. They've only collected 4 points from 7 games and scored a paltry 2 goals in the process.
BEC Tero and Police have hit a reasonable run of form lately so a draw looks a likely outcome at the Thephasadin when they meet on Sunday.

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

BBCU have a difficult game down at PTT Rayong this weekend. A point would be a decent return for the Pinks. Zico's team are still 4 points above Chainat whom are in the capital (just about) once more, this time at Thai Honda.
Bangkok United announced this week that they'll be staying at the Thai Japanese Stadium despite the fact that it's been 22 games since they won a game there. The Angels play bottom side RBAC and many of the home faithful see this as being a terrific chance of ending the curse.
Bangkok FC will be looking for a hat-trick of home wins when they entertain Suphanburi. A victory for Bangkok would move them above Suphanburi in the table. JW Rangsit have a long and difficult  trip to Songkla. The southern side have only picked up 6 points in their last 6 games, so that should give some encouragement to JW.
Customs and Air Force are both hovering just above the relegation zone. They clash at the Forza Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Division 2 (Bangkok)
Nth Bkk v Raj Vithi
Luk Issan v SPK Utd
Jamjuree v Globex
Thai Fleet v Kasem Bundit
Prachinburi v NSRU
Thanyaburi Asia Utd v Mapthaput Rayong
Nontaburi v Kasetsart
Bkk Christian v Assumption Thonburi

This is the last round of games for the Bangkok 2nd Division this season. All of the matches are synchronised to start at 4pm on Saturday. As I mentioned earlier in the week, it all seems to be 'done and dusted' as far as the promotion race goes. Nevertheless, North Bangkok will be eager to beat Raj Vithi just to make sure that they have enough points to finish above SPK Utd in 2nd place.
This could be the last time that we see some off the teams above playing in Bangkok Division 2. Kasetsart and Nth Bangkok may win promotion, teams outwith the environs of Bangkok may well move to other provincial leagues, and a couple of the struggling sides may decide to call it a day.

Toyota League Cup - Last 4 (2nd leg)
Chonburi v PEA Buriram (0-1)

Both Chonburi and PEA Buriram have had their TPL fixtures cancelled in order to play the second leg of their Toyota League Cup semi final. PEA hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg. The winners will face Thai Port in the final on Saturday 15th October at the Supachalasai Stadium.

Midweek Results
Muangthong 0-0 Kuwait SC (0-1)
Nasef 0-1 Chonburi (1-1) Nasaf won 4-3 on penalties

Muangthong were held to a goalless draw in an ill-tempered match at the Yamaha Stadium. The Thai side dominated most of the game but couldn't break down Kuwait SC's rearguard. Kuwait SC edged through 1-0 on aggregate.
In Uzbekistan, Chonburi fought back bravely to win the tie 1-0 on the night with Ney Fabiano scoring the only goal. That levelled it 1-1 on aggregate. Penalties were required to separate the sides, but unfortunately for the Sharks, they lost 4-3.

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