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.

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