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!!

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