Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Preview 30 March - 1 April

Buriram United v Osotspa Saraburi
Army United v BBCU
TOT v Chonburi
Thai Port v Police United

BEC Tero v Chiang Rai Utd
Chainat v Muangthong
Bangkok Glass v Pattaya
Samut Songkhram v TTM
Isan United v Wuachon Utd

It's been a troubling start for Thai Port and Police United. Both sides sit in the bottom two and between them they have scored only one goal. Incidentally, that goal was an own goal scored by ex-Thai port favorite Ekkapoom who now plies his trade at Muangthong. It's not pleasant to say this at such an early stage in the season, but three points are essential for both sides this weekend. The loser of this contest will be in a very precarious position.
On the flip side of the coin, it's been an encouraging start to the season for Muangthong, Army Utd and Pattaya. A win for Muangthong at newly promoted Chainat this weekend won't be easy. Army will reacquaint themselves with their old tenants, BBCU, and Pattaya face their toughest test so far as they travel to unbeaten Bangkok Glass.
Thailand's AFC representatives, Buriram and Chonburi, spring back into action after a midweek siesta. Buriam welcome Osotsapa and Chonburi are back in the northern Bangkok environs once again as they visit TOT.
BEC Tero and Chiang Rai earned their first wins on Wednesday and they'll be looking to build on that when they meet at the Thephasadin. The fixture between Samut Songkram and TTM doesn't suggest many goals and Isan Utd v Wuachon is a tight one to call.

Division 1
Air Force v Suphanburi
Ratchaburi v Khon Kaen
Chantaburi v Korat
Siam Navy v Raj Pracha

PTT Rayong v Songkla
FC Phuket v Bangkok Utd
Pattalung v Sriracha
Krabi v JW Rangsit
Saraburi v Bangkok FC

Similar to the TPL, the bottom two sides clash in the first division. Before the season started, Saraburi and Bangkok FC were seen as potential dark horses to be involved in the promotion race. Somehow this hasn't happened as the pair of them are stuck to the bottom with zero points.
Four of the current top six play each other this weekend. It's fifth against first with PTT Rayong v Songkla and Pattalung in second host Sriracha in sixth. Ratchaburi and Suphanburi complete the top six with Ratchaburi taking on Khon Kaen and Suphanburi visiting the Thupathemi to play Air Force.
The rest of the fixtures see Chantaburi v Korat, Siam Navy v Raj Pracha, FC Phuket v Bangkok Utd and Krabi v JW Rangsit.

Div 2 BKK
Rangsit FC v Samut Prakarn Utd

Customs Utd v Luk Isan
Kasem Bundit v Nontaburi
Samut Sakhon v Chamchuri Utd
Globex v R-BEC
North Bangkok v Thai Honda

Kasetsart v Prachinburi FC
Bangkok Christian v Assumption Thonburi
Central Lions v Krung Thonburi

Division 2 Bangkok can trump division one with all of the top six playing each other this round. On Saturday Globex in fifth host high scoring R-BEC and fourth placed North Bangkok welcome third placed Thai Honda. On Sunday the biggie is Samut Sakhon v Chamchuri. The Chulalongkorn team now face some stiff tests after their early season fixture card was relatively kind to them. A win at Samut Sakhon would once again stamp their authority on the league table after they dropped their first points of the season last weekend.

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