Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekend Preview 24-25 March

Isan Utd v Osotspa Saraburi
TOT v Army Utd
Chainat v Wuachon Utd
Pattaya v BEC Tero
TTM v Chiang Rai Utd
Bangkok Glass v Chonburi
Muangthong Utd v Thai Port
Samut Songkhram v Police Utd
Buriram Utd v BBCU

Pre-season TPL favorites Buriram United, Chonburi and Muangthong enter the second round of games seeking to build on opening day victories.  Buriram should have too much for BBCU and if Thai Port's opening game is anything to go by, then Muangthong must be feeling the same way. Chonburi have struggled on their last couple of visits to the Leo Stadium and won't find it easy again as Bangkok Glass aim to make it two wins out of two.
The game between Isan United and Osotspa promises to be a contemplative affair. This will be Isan Utd's first game at their new home in Ubon, much to the disgust of the followers of Sisaket FC. The Kouprey diehards made their feelings well known last week when they attended the game between BBCU and Isan Utd at the Rajamangala. They booed every time Isan Utd touched the ball and some over enthusiastic fans even invaded the pitch when BBCU scored. Most fans of other Thai football clubs are in support of the Sisaket fans and hope that one day in the near future that they can get back to supporting the club that they love. Whether or not Osotspa have a few new fans in attendance for the game on Saturday remains to be seen.
The other games of TOT v Army, Chainat v Wuachon, Pattaya v BEC Tero, TTM v Chiang Rai and Samut Songkhram v Police should all be close contests and I can see a few of these being draws.

Division 1
Sriracha v Bangkok FC
Pattalung v Khon Kaen
Ratchaburi v Korat
Siam Navy v Songkla
FC Phuket v Raj Pracha
Chantaburi v JW Rangsit
Krabi v PTT Rayong
Air Force Utd v Bangkok Utd
Saraburi v Suphanburi

Division 1 sees Ratchaburi and Korat cross swords again and Korat will have a score to settle after they lost to Ratchaburi in the Division 2 Play-off final three months ago. The other two promoted sides, Krabi and Pattalung, will be buoyed by first day wins. Pattalung will play host to Khon Kaen and Krabi welcome PTT Rayong.
For the Bangkok sides, it was a terrible start and they'll be seeking to kick start their seasons. Bangkok United will be eager to forget their 4-2 home loss to Pattalung last week. They make the shortish trip up Vipavadee Road to Air Force who will also be out to earn their first points. Bangkok FC are away again, this time at Sriracha. Raj Pracha and JW Rangsit both have long journeys with Raj heading to the island of Phuket and JW going to Chantaburi.
The Saraburi v Suphanburi tie should test the title credentials of Suphanburi and Siam Navy face Songkla in Sattahip.

Division 2 Bangkok
Luk Isan v North Bangkok
Thai Honda v Central Lions
Nontaburi v Customs United
Samut Prakarn Utd v Bangkok Christian
Assumption Thonburi v Globex
Krung Thonburi v Kasetsart
R-BEC v Samut Sakhon
Kasem Bundit v Rangsit FC
Prachinburi FC v Chamchuri Utd

It's been five wins out of five for Chamchuri as they have stormed to the top of the league, although it should be noted that four of these games have been played at home. On Sunday they'll face their biggest test of the season to date as they travel to Klaeng to face Prachinburi FC. Also on this day, 4th placed R-BEC will meet 2nd placed Samut Sakhon. A draw in this game would suit North Bangkok, Globex and Thai Honda as they target closing in on the leading pack.

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