Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TPL - Average Attendances

TPL (2011)
14,474 Buriram PEA
11,208 Muangthong
7,395 Sisaket
5,733 Bangkok Glass
5,728 Army Utd
5,369 Chonburi
3,557 Chiang Rai Utd
3,657 Osotspa Saraburi
3,638 Police Utd
3,171 Khon Kaen
2,875 Samut Songkhram
2,840 BEC Tero
2,832 Thai Port
2,285 Siam Navy
2,243 TTM Phichit
2,075 Sriracha
1,710 Pattaya
1,431 TOT

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Last Game of the TPL Season - Review

Army 1-3 Samut Songkhram
Sriracha 2-0 Navy
Chiang Rai 2-2 Buriram PEA
BEC Tero 2-3 TOT
Pattaya 1-0 Muangthong

It was a high scoring culmination to the season as the last remaining placing of any significance was decided. Siam Navy were confirmed as the third and final team to be relegated from the TPL. The Sattahip based side disappointingly lost 2-0 at Sriracha and they'll join their weekend opponents and Khon Kaen in what will be a competitive 1st Division next season. In all fairness, Navy actually had a decent second half to the season but how they must rue their dreadful start to the campaign.
Samut Songkhram and TOT secured their top flight status with away wins at Army United and BEC Tero respectively. Samut Songkhram comfortably beat a weakened Army side 3-1 while TOT hung on to claim a 3-2 win at Tero.
It was an action packed match between Chiang Rai and Buriram PEA as there were late goals and sending offs. Buriram won the red card count 2-1 but they will have glady taken a point considering Chiang Rai went 2-1 infront in the 94th minute. Buriram equalized in the 96th minute when the unfortunate Pichai sliced the ball into his own net.
Muangthong's dismal season ended with a 1-0 loss at Pattaya. A second half penalty was enough for the Dolphins as they secured a 4th place finish. It wasn't all bad news for Muangthong staff as their absent player-coach, Fowler, will have celebrated Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Man Utd in the FA Cup with his mates back in England. I hope you're taking unpaid leave while you're back home Robbie!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Army United 1-3 Samut Songkhram

Samut Songkhram kept their place in the TPL with a 3-1 victory over an Army side which didn't field any of their Brazilian imports.

Army equalizer
The relegation threatened side got of to a flying start when Chaiwut fired in a rebound in the second minute.

Army were back on level terms when a low cross from Wanchana was swept in by Tanakorn in the 10th minute.

Napat Thamrongsupakon
Napat grabbed his first and Samut Songkhram's second when he netted from close in after the Army keeper had blocked a shot from a quickly taken free-kick. The same man then made it three for the away side seconds after the restart when he outpaced the Army defence to give the Mae Khlong a two goal cushion.

That was it as far as the scoring went. Army did hit the post and forced some late pressure but by then it was too late. Many Army supporters knew the game was up and several began trickling out the exits long before the game was over.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Division 1 - Average Attendances

The average attendances below for the season have been taken from the official Thai Premier League site. To calculate the figures, I just added up each teams home attendances and divided it by the number of games played.
The figures given on the TPL site are often debatable and if no official attendance is given then the crowd is often estimated.

Division 1 (2011)
12,633 Songkla
8,687 Chiang Mai
7,542 Buriram FC
4,466 Phuket
3,624 Chainat
2,427 Suphanburi
2,312 PTT Rayong
2,258 Chantaburi
2,115 Saraburi
1,361 Air Force
917 Bangkok FC
848 Raj Pracha
798 BBCU
772 RBAC
705 JW Rangsit
694 Customs
621 Bangkok United
462 Thai Honda

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Last Game of the TPL Season - Preview

Army v Samut Songkhram
Sriracha v Navy
Chiang Rai v Buriram PEA
BEC Tero v TOT
Pattaya v Muangthong

The TPL season will finally end this Saturday, 50 weeks after it started back in February 2011. It's been dubbed by some as the "longest season ever" and I don't think there are many TPL fans or players who will be unhappy to see the back of a season which in recent weeks has become as mundane as an episode of the barrel-scraping Celebrity Big Brother.
In truth the last weekend's fixtures are anything but mundane as TOT, Samut Songkhram and Siam Navy will be fighting it out to avoid the last relegation spot.  Khon Kaen and Sriracha have already bitten the dust and they will be joined by one of the teams above in Division 1 next season.
The temptation is to use some Sky Sports hype and bill this as being "Survival Saturday," but in reality most neutrals outwith the three clubs involved will feel insipid as to who stays up or goes down.
In short, if TOT win their trip to BEC Tero and Samut Songkram take 3 points from the Army Stadium, both sides will stay in the top flight. Anything less than a victory for either side would leave the door open for Siam Navy who visit a Sriracha side who were officially relegated on Tuesday evening.
PEA's brief but successful two year tenure in Buriram ends this Saturday as Buriram PEA travel to Chiang Rai while Pattaya host Muangthong in an inconsequential match in Nong Prue - well it must be inconsequential if a certain head coach can't be arsed turning up!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

King's Cup Review & Midweek Preview

41st King's Cup (Results)
(Sunday 15)
Denmark XI 1-1 Norway XI
Thailand 1-3 South Korea U23's

(Wednesday 18)
Denmark XI 0-0 South Korea U23's
Thailand 0-1 Norway XI

(Saturday 21)
South Korea U23's 3-0 Norway XI
Thailand 1-3 Denmark XI

Final Standings:
South Korea 7 pts
Denmark 5
Norway 4
Thailand 0

Congratulations go to the South Korean U23's. They won the King's Cup playing composed football with enthusiasm and vigor. The opposite must be said of Thailand though. It was an exhausted, characterless effort from the hosts as they ended the 4 team tournament with zero points from three games. The honeymoon period is over now for Winfried Schaefer and you have to wonder if he'll still be in the job if Thailand fail to beat Oman next month in the final Group D World Cup qualifying match. Personally I hope he is given time to set the foundations for the future, but we know that targets have been set by the footballing authorities and they'll almost certainly need a scapegoat to hide the blame for their own incompetence if these set targets aren't achieved.

Midweek Action
Muangthong v Sriracha (Tues)

Muangthong United play their last home game of an underachieving season tomorrow evening. While the Kirins have nothing to play for, their guests, Sriracha, must achieve a victory to have any chance of staying in the TPL.

(Division 1)
Buriram FC v JW Rangsit (Thurs)

Champions Buriram F.C welcome JW Rangsit for the final league fixture of the Division 1 season. The match was postponed from last weekend on account of a local election in Buriram. This will be the last ever game for Buriram FC as they are set to become part of the Buriram United conglomerate next season.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

TOT 1-0 Samut Songkhram

TOT claimed a vital 3 points as Samut Songkhram were beaten in Chaeng Wattana. The victory moves TOT onto 34 points and out of the relegation zone above Samut Songkhram and Siam Navy.

TOT's Takahiro Kawamura struck the post with a header in a first half that was largely dominated by the home side.

The deadlock was broken for the hosts after the break when a cross from the left flank was headed in by ex-Muangthong and Chonburi striker Kone Mohammed.

Napat Thamrongsupakon's scuffed shot bounced onto the bar and Saravut Konglap in the TOT goal produced a 'supersave' from a header in injury time as Samut Songkhram pressed for an equalizer.
Match winner - Kone Mohammed

The 1-0 was a fair result as TOT were the better side for the majority of the game. 

Next Saturday, TOT make the short trip to BEC Tero while Samut Songkhram are back in the capital to face Army United. Both sides go into these games knowing that a win will secure their TPL future. Anything other than a victory would leave the pair of them looking nervously at the outcome of the clash between Sriracha and Siam Navy. It should be a dramatic evening next Saturday.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Weekend Preview 21 - 22 January

TOT v Samut Songkhram (Sun)

It's been a bad week for Samut Songkhram on and off the field. Last Saturday they lost a valuable three points right at the death of their relegation battle as Navy snatched a late point. More bad news followed a couple of days later as their main sponsors, the SCG Cement Group, withdrew their investment in the club and switched allegiances to Muangthong United.
A win this weekend would ensure another year in the TPL for the Mae Klong side. Defeat though would leave them staring at 1st division football and the possibility of extinction. If TOT do secure three points on Saturday, it wouldn't clinch survival, but it would leave them going into the last game with their destiny in their own hands.
TOT and Samut Songkhram have both drawn their last two games. I wouldn't bet against this one finishing even too.

41st King's Cup (Results & Fixtures)
(Sunday 15)
Denmark XI 1-1 Norway XI
Thailand 1-3 South Korea U23's

(Wednesday 18)
Denmark XI 0-0 South Korea U23's
Thailand 0-1 Norway XI

(Saturday 21)
South Korea U23's v Norway XI
Thailand v Denmark XI

Winnie Schaefer's weary troops have endured a dreadful time in this tournament so far. In the first game, Thailand lost 3-1 to a youthful South Korea and then last night they were edged out by a second string Norway. On Saturday, Thailand have nothing but pride to play for as they face a Denmark XI side. The winners of South Korea and Norway in the earlier match up will win the 41st King's Cup. A draw in this game and a Denmark victory would leave three sides tied on 5 points.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saturday 14th January - Review

Navy 1-1 Samut Songkhram
Sisaket 1-2 TTM Phichit

A 95th minute goal from Olof Watson salvaged a valuable point for Siam Navy. The 3 points from this relegation encounter looked to be heading back to Mae Klong as Efe Obode's close range goal had given SCG a 73rd minute lead. The late eqaulizer means both sides move onto 33 points while TOT sit 2 points behind them on 31. Next week TOT face Samut Songkhram in another crucial relegation battle.
Sisaket must be relieved to finally finish this season. Their 13th placed finish is an improvement on 2010 but many at the club will see that as a disappointment after a promising start to the campaign. The 2-1 home defeat to TTM Phichit left Sisaket ending their campaign on a 12 match winless streak. For TTM it was another mid-table finish.

Division 1
Suphanburi 2-0 Raj Pracha
Chainat 3-0 FC Phuket
Air Force 0-1 BBCU
Buriram FC P-P JW Rangsit (26 Jan)
Chantaburi 6-1 RBAC
Saraburi 2-1 Bangkok Utd
Customs 2-2 Songkla
Thai Honda 0-2 PTT Rayong
Bangkok FC 2-2 Chiang Mai

There was no last day drama in Division 1. With all bar one of the promotion and relegation issues already decided prior to the last round of fixtures, the only games with any significance were at Chantaburi and Customs. Chantaburi needed a win to stay up and they achieved that in style as they dispatched a depleted RBAC 6-1. Labi and Rattaporn both grabbed hat-tricks as Chantaburi confirmed their first division status on the last day for the second consecutive season. The Forza stadium witnessed its last Division 1 fixture for the time being as Customs were held to a 2-2 draw by Songkla. The Lat Krabang side will join Thai Honda and RBAC in Bangkok's 2nd division next season.
Elsewhere Chainat were too strong for Phuket as they beat the troubled side 3-0. Chainat finished the game with 9 men after two reds were quickly issued midway through the second half. BBCU edged out Air Force 1-0, Bangkok FC were twice pegged back by Chiang Mai and Bangkok United's disappointing season ended as they conceded an injury time goal to lose 2-1 at Saraburi

41st King's Cup (Fixtures)
(Sunday 15)
Denmark XI v Norway XI
Thailand v South Korea U23's

(Wednesday 18)
Denmark XI v South Korea U23's
Thailand v Norway XI

(Saturday 21)
South Korea U23's v Norway XI
Thailand v Denmark XI

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weekend Preview 14 - 15 January

Navy v Samut Songkhram (Sat)
Sisaket v TTM Phichit (Sat)

The victors of Navy v Samut Songkhram will take a giant step towards TPL safety this Saturday. Siam Navy were on fine form last month when this game should have originally been played, but it was rescheduled to a later date due to a request from Navy officials. That decision may come back to haunt the owners of the Sattahip club if they fail to pick up 3 points!! Samut Songkhram and Navy are both locked on 32 points with TOT one point behind them on 31.
Sisaket will be delighted to see the back of the 2011 season as they are currently on a run of 11 games without a win. Their early season promise is a distant memory and it's been four months since the Dangerous Kouprey last collected 3 points. If TTM avoid defeat in Sisaket, they will finish above them in the final standings.

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

The 1st Division will finally draw to a close this weekend after 48 weeks of stop/start action. Out of the 18 teams that have played in the league this term, it seems likely that 50% of them won't be lining up in Division 1 next season. Buriram FC, Chainat and BBCU have been promoted while RBAC, Thai Honda and Chiang Mai have fallen through the relegation trap door into the regional leagues. They will most likely be joined by Customs on Saturday unless the unlikely double result occurs of Customs beating Songkla and depleted RBAC defeating the Hares in Chantaburi.
The other two imminent departing teams are Songkla and FC Phuket for contrasting reasons. Songkla FC have purchased the discarded golden PEA ticket from Buriram and have bought a place in next season's TPL under the amalgam Songkla PEA FC or as they should be known Songkla Promotion Easily Achieved For Cash!
The impending demise of FC Phuket is rather a sad story of a local government and chief benefactor becoming bored of their project and as a result it's 'game over' for the club unless a new benefactor comes in.

41st King's Cup
(Sunday 15)
Denmark XI v Norway XI
Thailand v South Korea U23's

(Wednesday 18)
Denmark XI v South Korea U23's
Thailand v Norway XI

(Saturday 21)
South Korea U23's v Norway XI
Thailand v Denmark XI

If your interested in attending, all the games will be played at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Buriram PEA win FA Cup after Extra Time

Buriram PEA won the Thai FA Cup after Frank Achaempong hit an extra time winner to beat Muangthong United 1-0 at the Supachalasai Stadium.

The league champions were the better team throughout and would have won the game earlier had it not been for an inspired performance by Kawin in the Muangthong goal.

The first half was slow and scrappy to begin with but livened up as the half progressed. Teerasil should have given the Kirins the lead midway through the half, but he pulled his shot wide from Fowler's centre. Moments later, Franck Ohandza struck the base of the post and Frank Achaempong shot over as Buriram PEA came close.

Shortly after the interval, Muangthong keeper, Kawin, was twice called upon to keep out shots from Ohandza. On 78 minutes, the Muangthong stopper superbly tipped a goal bound Abbo shot over the bar and he thwarted the same man again deep into injury time. It wasn't all one way traffic as Muangthong came close ten minutes from time when a left foot shot from Fowler crept just wide of the target.

The winning goal came three minutes into the second half of extra time. A cute flick on from Abbo set up Achaempong and the African cut inside two defenders before unleashing his shot into the roof of the net. That goal was enough for Buriram PEA to complete the league and FA Cup double.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thai FA Cup Final & Other Midweek Games

Thai FA Cup Final 2011
Buriram PEA v Muangthong United

The FA Cup final will be played this Wednesday night at the Supachalasai Stadium. Buriram will be looking to complete the second part of their bid for a historic treble. They have already bagged the TPL trophy and will also take on Thai Port next month in the final of the Toyota League Cup.
Current form and recent history would point towards Buriram taking the cup back to the New I-Mobile Stadium. Since the formation of the PEA and Buriram hybrid back in 2010, Muangthong have failed to find the net against their opponents in the four previous meetings. PEA have enjoyed two 1-0 victories in Buriram while both games at the Yamaha finished in stalemates.
Despite struggling to overcome Songkla in the semis, Muangthong  have had some impressive victories on the road to the final. Samut Prakarn United were spanked 9-0 in the early rounds while Pattaya were knocked for 6 without reply. Add to that a 4-0 victory over Sriracha in the quarter finals last week, it shows us that some of Muangthong's best form has been saved for this competition.  The Kirins have blown hot and cold in recent times, but lifting the FA Cup would see them end the season on a respectable note.

Police United v Osotspa (Thurs)

This will be the last game of the season for both sides. A win for Police United would seal a top half finish for them. Three points for Osotspa would lift them into the giddy heights of 5th place.

Division 1
JW Rangsit v Air Force (Wed)

The equation is simple for JW Rangsit. Win this game and they'll beat the drop to the Regional League. A loss would be a disaster for Rangsit with a final game looming against a Buriram FC side who are unbeaten on home soil this season. JW currently have 36 points which is one more than Customs on 35. After this match, both teams have one left to play.
Incidentally, Air Force having nothing to play for since they secured their first division status last weekend.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday 7th January - Review

TOT 1-1 Police Utd
Bangkok Glass 2-0 Sisaket
Osotspa 3-0 TTM Phichit
Khon Kaen 1-1 Thai Port

The league season has finally ended for Thai Port and Bangkok Glass. The Glass Rabbits have almost certainly secured a 4th place finish as two late goals from Rafael helped them overcome Sisaket 2-0. Thai Port now have a four week break until the Toyota League Cup final against Buriram. They finished off their league season with a 1-1 draw at relegated Khon Kaen.
Struggling TOT could only take a point at home to a Police United side with nothing to play for, and Osotspa beat TTM 3-0.

Division 1
Phuket 1-4 Bangkok FC
Raj Pracha 2-4 Bangkok United
Air Force 3-3 Saraburi
PTT Rayong 2-1 Customs

Bangkok FC and Air Force Utd are now safe from the drop as Customs were beaten in Rayong. The Iron Bulls scored an impressive 4-1 win at troubled FC Phuket with Semerpak and Lee Tuck notching a brace apiece. A 3-3 draw for Air Force at Ramkhamhaeng Uni was also adequate for the Airmen as they moved 5 points ahead of Customs with one game left to play. In the other game, Bangkok United ensured a 6th place finish with a 4-2 win at Raj Pracha.

FA Cup Semi Final
Songkla 2-2 Muangthong
Buriram PEA 2-0 Army Utd

Muangthong United now stand between Buriram PEA completing the league and FA Cup double. PEA were never really tested against Army United as two first half goals for the Thunder Castle saw them ease into the final. Muangthong's evening was slightly more difficult though. They needed a penalty shoot out to finally see off a stubborn Songkla side.
The final will be played this Wednesday at the Supachalasai Stadium.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

TOT 1-1 Police United

TOT remain in the bottom 3 after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Police United. Fortunately for the Laksi side, their fate still remains in their own hands with games against Samut Songkhram (H) and BEC Tero (A) to follow.

The goals today were both a tale of two goalkeeping errors. Thankfully the national goalkeeping coach, Stefan Brasas, wasn't present to witness them.

The first mistake came 10 minutes from time when a free-kick from Prakorn Prempak appeared to be creeping by the post, but as Wattanapong in the TOT goal went to collect it, he inadvertently dropped it into his own net. It was straight out of the Bruce Grobbelaar fumbles of the 80's!!

The TOT keeper's blushes were spared 2 minutes later when a long shot from Thai international squad member Thanasak was spilled by Pattarakorn for Kone Mohamed to tap in the equalizer.

The draw was a fair result but from what I saw today, TOT will need to play better if they wish to remain in the TPL next season.

 Attendance: 662

Friday, January 6, 2012

Saturday 7th January - Preview

All matches below are scheduled for Saturday 7th January. There is currently nothing scheduled for Sunday.

TOT v Police Utd
Bangkok Glass v Sisaket
Osotspa v TTM Phichit
Khon Kaen v Thai Port

A win for TOT over Police United would move them out of the relegation placings above Siam Navy and Samut Songkhram. Police have lost their way lately and there will never be a better opportunity for the Telephone Boys to collect 3 points from the ailing Pathumthani side.
The other three matches are 'deadwood' as there is little at stake. Local sides, Bangkok Glass and Thai Port, will be glad to finally draw a line under league campaigns that have been frustratingly laced with inconsistency.

Division 1
Phuket v Bangkok FC
Raj Pracha v Bangkok United
Air Force v Saraburi
PTT Rayong v Customs

The fight to avoid the final relegation spot still involves five teams. Chantaburi and JW Rangsit aren't in action this weekend but they be desperately hoping that Air Force, Bangkok FC and Customs don't gain any ground. A win for Air Force over mid-table Saraburi would guarantee them survival. If Bangkok FC better Custom's result, they will also be staying up. A win for Customs would lift them above JW Rangsit and Chantaburi into 13th place. Defeat though, would leave them in a precarious position.

FA Cup Semi Final
Songkla v Muangthong (Thephasadin)
Buriram PEA v Army Utd (Rajamangala)

Most pundits of Thai football looking at the semi final draw will be predicting a Muangthong v Buriram PEA final.  It's certainly the final that most neutrals will be hoping to see too.
Muangthong and Songkla both cruised into the semi finals with 4-0 victories in the quarter finals on Wednesday evening. Buriram PEA saw off Bec Tero 2-0 while Army United needed two attempts and a penalty shoot out to finally dispose of 1st division Chainat. The original game on Wednesday evening was abandoned after 5 minutes due to a torrential downpour. The rescheduled game 24 hours later went all the way to penalties as both sides couldn't be separated after 120 minutes of action. Army won the penalties but they'll have less than 48 hours to prepare for the semi against Buriram PEA on Saturday. Incidentally, unfancied Army beat Buriram PEA in the quarter finals last year 1-0. The game is mostly remembered for a massive brawl that erupted in the second half.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Army United 0-0 Chainat - Match Abandoned After 5 Mins

Tonight's Thai FA Cup quarter final was abandoned after 5 minutes due to a rare January rain storm.

As I was heading towards the stadium, it was unusually dark in the eastern Bangkok skyline. My thoughts were, "It's January, surely it won't rain" - how wrong was I as it started pissing down at about 6.30pm!!

The pitch at the Army Stadium usually holds up well in the rain, but tonight it didn't.

The game started yet within a couple of minutes, it was blatantly obvious that the pitch was unplayable. The referee called a halt to the match after 5 minutes as the ball was being sucked up by the puddles on the pitch.

An announcement was made that the play would resume in 45 minutes, but it never did as the rain continued.

The result was that the game was abandoned and will be replayed tomorrow evening.

Other FA Cup results:

Loei City 0-4 Songkla
Buriram PEA 2-0 BEC Tero
Muangthong 4-0 Sriracha

Team line-ups

Match action

Ref calls a halt to play

Officials test pitch - no joy :(

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

FA Cup Preview

Quarter Finals (Wednesday)
Loei City v Songkla
Muangthong v Sriracha
Buriram PEA v BEC Tero
Army Utd v Chainat

Semi Finals (Saturday)
Loei City/Songkla v Muangthong/Sriracha
Buriram PEA/BEC Tero v Army Utd/Chainat

The semi final ties will be played on Saturday 7th January with the final taking place on Wednesday 11th January.
The Thai FA Cup finally has some symmetry about it as all 4 quarter finals will take place tomorrow night. The organisation of the tournament up until now has been farcical. The draw for the last 32 strangely had 36 teams, and at one point Sriracha, Loei City and Chainat had advanced to the quarter finals while Thai Port and Bangkok Glass were technically still waiting to play their last 64 tie after the first match had been abandoned weeks earlier due to a torrential rain storm.

Tomorrow night, Buriram PEA and BEC Tero will meet for the fifth time this season. So far, PEA have won all four contests and it would take a brave man to bet against them making it a fifth success. Army United should be strong enough to see off a Chainat side who have taken their foot off the pedal since they achieved promotion to the TPL, and likewise Muangthong will be favourites to beat Sriracha as the Twin Qilins aim to salvage something from a disappointing campaign. The final tie between second division Loei City and division one's Songkla ensures that a team outwith the TPL will reach the last 4. This match up is probably the most difficult to predict as both sides will see this as a winnable encounter.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Results

Osotspa 0-0 Samut Songkhram
Chonburi 1-0 Bangkok Glass
Police 0-1 Army
Thai Port 1-3 Sriracha
Buriram PEA 1-0 Muangthong

An injury time header from Addo sealed a 1-0 victory for Buriram PEA over Muangthong. The Nontaburi side defended ruggedly at times yet they left Buriram with nothing to show for their efforts as the locals partied the night away.
Chonburi left it late against Bangkok Glass with the only goal of the game coming via a typical Pipob header. The 3 points was enough to ensure that the Sharks finish runners up to PEA.
At the other end of the table, Samut Songkhram moved a place and a point away from TOT in the third relegation position after their goalless draw in Saraburi. An Aron Da Silva hat-trick against Thai Port helped keep Sriracha's faint survival hopes alive while Army ensured another season of top flight football with a late winner against Police in a game which saw both sides finish with one player shy of their full compliment.

Division 1
Raj Pracha 2-2 Songkla
Buriram 5-1 Chainat
Bangkok FC 1-2 Songkla

The last promotion spot was finally BBCU's after Songkla's ambiguous promotion bid fell. Coming into this weekend, Songkla needed to win all three remaining games and then hope that BBCU lost their final match against Air Force. However there will be no last day drama as Songkla drew their first of three 2-2 at Raj Pracha. In spite of that, Songkla did achieve an impressive 2-1 victory at Bangkok FC three days later. That result still leaves the Bulligans in danger of dropping to Division 2. In the other game, Buriram blitzed Chainat with 5 second half goals as the Lava came back from trailing 1-0 at the interval.