Friday, December 9, 2011

Weekend Preview 10-11 December

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

There is a downtown Bangkok and Pathumthani derby to wet the appetite of local fans this weekend. The last time Police and Bangkok Glass met in the league, it produced a 5-3 cracker with a Sarayoot hat-trick helping BG to win. This time though the game will be played in Suphanburi instead of Pathumthani. It was also a high scoring game earlier in the season when Thai Port and BEC Tero clashed at the PAT Stadium with the Khlong Toei side edging out Tero in a 5 goal thriller. Army United will be favourites against Siam Navy in the battle of the military sides, and likewise Muangthong should be expecting to haul all 3 points from their trip up to Khon Kaen. TOT's sequence of home games continues with the visit of an off colour Sisaket team.

Division 1
Air Force v Suphanburi (Sat)
Chantaburi v BBCU (Sat)
Chainat v Raj Pracha (Sat)
Saraburi v JW Rangsit (Sat)
Chiang Mai v PTT Rayong (Sat)
Customs v RBAC (Sun)
Thai Honda v Bangkok United (Sun)
Buriram FC v Phuket (Sun)
Bangkok FC v Songkla (31 Dec)

Times have been tough lately for Air Force United both on and off the field. Their home stadium was victim to severe flooding while on the playing front, poor form and lack of games have seen them drop to the verge of the relegation zone. On Saturday, they will face Suphanburi at Ramkhamheang University Stadium. Customs have a winnable game against RBAC and victory for them would heap more pressure onto the Airmen if they lose to Suphanburi. At the other end of the table, BBCU travel down to Chantaburi to face the Hares who have won their last two outings. A victory for Chainat over Raj Pracha on Saturday would leave the Hornbills needing just one solitary point to confirm their place at the top table next season.

Division 2 Play-offs
(Group A) (Sunday)
Kasetsart v Loei City
Phitsanoluk v Ratchaburi
Phichit v Pattalung

(Group B) (Saturday)
Roi Et v Krabi
Rayong v Lamphun
North Bangkok v Korat

It crunch time as the playoffs enter their penultimate round of fixtures this weekend. Group A is interestingly poised with 4 teams vying for the two promotion spots. A victory for top of the league Ratchaburi at third placed Phitsanoluk would be enough to fire the Dragons into Division 1. However, 3 points for Phitsanoluk would move them onto 16 points, level with Ratchaburi. The team currently sandwiched between these two sides in the table, Pattalung, travel up north again this time to Phichit. The Swallows flight up north last time out was disappointing as they lost 1-0 at Loei City. That victory kept City in the promotion picture and they’ll be expecting to collect 3 points at Kasetsart in Kampaeng Saen.
Group B has less promotion permutations as it’s now a 3 horse race between Krabi, Korat and Rayong. On paper, Krabi have the most daunting task this Saturday as they make the long journey up to Roi Et. Whispers coming out of Roi Et this week suggest that there are several unhappy campers amongst the playing staff after the White Squirrels disappointing playoff campaign. Korat will meet North Bangkok in central Bangkok at the Thephasadin. North Bangkok have lost their three previous home games and if Korat can make that number four, the Swatcats would be on the brink of promotion. Third placed Rayong return to their home stadium after they were forced to play their last game in nearby Sattahip. The guests this week in Rayong are Lamphun Warriors and anything other than a home win would most likely see the end of Rayong’s promotion bid.


  1. You might need a couple of cans of Leo to calm you down before the game. I can't see it being a high scoring game but nevertheless I'm looking forward to it.