Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekend Preview 16 / 18 September

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

Bangkok Glass have the most difficult task of all the local sides as they travel to Buriram to face PEA. The Thunder Castle hit BEC Tero for 6 during the week in the Toyota League Cup quarter final. Last time out, BG were humbled 3-1 by TOT at the Leo Stadium. The form book doesn't suggest a victory for the Pathumthani side.
Army United's coach, Gok Pongpun, has resigned as technical director. The Army haven't won for 3 months and a change was probably needed to spark some life into their fading season. This weekend, they have a home game against Osotspa that is winnable, but will most likely end in a draw.
On Sunday, TOT will be looking to complete a back to back double with a victory over Thai Port. TOT won 1-0 at the PAT earlier in the season and another low scoring game is anticipated. BEC Tero and Police Utd both have long treks with the Fire Dragons up in Chiang Mai and the Cops in Sisaket.

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

There are plenty of Bangkok derbies this weekend. The first kicks off on Saturday between Bangkok FC and Air Force. The Iron Bulls are in free fall with six consecutive defeats. However, a victory over the unpredictable Airmen could move them out of the bottom 4.
On the following day RBAC play JW Rangsit and the big one sees BBCU cross over Vipavadee Road to visit Bangkok Utd at the Thai Japanese Stadium. In the space of the next 7 days BBCU take on fellow promotion contenders Bangkok Utd, Chainat and Songkla. A couple of victories in these would certainly settle Zico's nerves.
League leaders Buriram FC travel to Lad Krabang to play Thai Honda. A point for Honda would be a decent result with a must win game in Chiang Mai looming next weekend.

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

Samut Prakarn Utd kick the action off tonight with a tricky trip to Jamjuree. With fixtures against Thai Fleet and Luk Issan to follow for the Crab Devils, a victory tonight would almost guarantee them a playoff berth. A loss though, would give North Bangkok the opportunity to jump above them if they can beat Globex on Saturday.
If Kasetsart achieve a better result than North Bangkok, they will officially qualify for the playoffs. The Emerald Nagas have won 4 in a row and are unbeaten in 20 league games. Surprisingly one of their 2 league defeats was against this week's opponents, Thai Fleet.

Toyota League Cup
Muangthong v Chonburi (Sun)

Chonburi hold a slight 3-2 advantage from the first leg.The winners of this quarter final will meet Buriram PEA in the semi final.

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