Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weekend Preview 9/12 September

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

The TPL returns to an almost full schedule this weekend. The exception being the top 2 of Buriram PEA and Muangthong who have the weekend off due to MTU"s trip to Kuwait in the AFC Cup next Tuesday. The rescheduled match is currently pencilled in for 21st December.
There is plenty of action for the Bangkok football punter on Saturday. BEC Tero take on Sisaket, Bangkok Glass entertain relegation candidates TOT, and Police Utd will be expecting to beat Sriracha at the Thammasart Stadium. There is a bonus game in the capital at the Rajamangala Stadium as Chonburi play Navy. This fixture has been moved from Chonburi as a punishment for the Chonburi fans' unruly behavior against Buriram PEA last month.
Also on Saturday, troubled Army United fly up to Chiang Mai to face Chiang Rai Utd. Reports have suggested that internal bickering between various factions have caused the Vipavadee side's recent slump in form.
On Sunday, Thai Port entertain (??) Osotspa at the PAT Stadium. Recent Thai Port games have been disappointingly devoid of any entertainment. This could be another low scoring match.

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

It's a case of top against bottom as BBCU take on RBAC. Anything other than a home win would be seen as a major coupon buster. Second placed Buriram FC are away to struggling Bangkok FC while Bangkok Utd have another away day, this time in Phuket.
The most interesting Sunday match is Air Force v Chiang Mai. The Airmen need another couple of wins to edge away from the relegation zone.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Raj Pracha play JW Rangsit, and Thai Honda travel to Chantaburi.

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

The Second Division action kicks off with a local Pathumthani derby between Nth Bkk and Thanyaburi Asia on Friday evening. A victory for the Horsemen would move them into second place, and then they'll have to keep their fingers crossed and hope that Raj Vithi can do them a big favour by beating Samut Prakarn Utd. A loss for Raj Vithi would almost certainly remove them from the promotion picture.
League leaders, Kasetsart, are at home to Jamjuree, and a victory would just about see them over the play-off finishing line.
NSRU and Nontaburi have probably left it too late, but both sides will want to maintain their good recent form and keep their remote promotion chances alive. The pair clash in Nakhon Sawan on Saturday.

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