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.

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