Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weekend Preview 28-29 April

Samut Songkhram v Thai Port
TTM v Bangkok Glass
Chiang Rai Utd v Chainat

TOT v Police
Pattaya Utd v Isan Utd
Muangthong v BBCU
Chonburi v Osotspa Saraburi
Wuachon Utd v Army
BEC Tero P-P Buriram Utd (24 June)

Bangkok Glass are the highest placed team in action this weekend. They will go to the top of the league on Saturday evening if they beat TTM as the BEC Tero v Buriram United fixture has been rescheduled to a later date due to Buriram's involvement in the AFC Champions League next Tuesday. BG's match at TTM will be a massive test of their title credentials. Over the last couple of seasons, away games to sides in the bottom half of the table have been their undoing. Too often, the Glass Rabbits have put in inept performances and lost these types of matches. Despite being bottom of the league, TTM oddly boast the equal best defensive record in the TPL with only two goals conceded. TTM's coach has blamed his side's poor start on excessive travelling to away matches. If they lose this home encounter against Bangkok Glass, he'll have to come up with a fresh excuse.
The other two games on Saturday are between Samut Songkhram v Thai Port and Chiang Rai Utd v Chainat. Thai Port have a wretched record in Mae Khlong but they'll see this one as a chance to to extend their non losing streak to three games. Chiang Rai Utd are unbeaten at home this term while Chainat have yet to lose on the road which suggests a point each for both sides.
Chonburi v Osotspa is the pick of the Sunday matches. The home side will start as favorites and a will be looking for a win to inch back into the title race. The 2010 TPL champs, Muangthong, could move to the summit of the league (depending on the BG result) with a victory over BBCU.
Wuachon have steadily improved and they be striving to make it six games without a loss with the visit of Army United. TOT and Police should be an evenly balanced game while Pattaya and Isan United both need an upturn of fortunes after recent poor results.

Division 1
Raj Pracha v Songkla
Korat v PTT Rayong
Khon Kaen v Siam Navy
Saraburi v Ratchaburi

Suphanburi v Chantaburi
Sriracha v FC Phuket
Pattalung v Air Force Utd
Bangkok Utd v Krabi
Bangkok FC v JW Rangsit

Rock bottom Chantaburi already face being cut adrift at the bottom of the league with only one point collected thus far. With five teams set to be relegated, they are already in a perilous position. This Sunday the Hares face another taxing test in Suphanburi.
Bangkok FC and Air Force would have been relieved to get their first wins on board last time out. The Bulligans probably should make that number two when they host JW Rangsit and Air Force may be quietly confident of the same outcome against a Pattalung team that have hit a wobbly patch of form after initial season promise.
At the other end of the league, Ratchaburi take their unbeaten record to Saraburi while the two form teams of the moment, Bangkok United and Krabi, meet at the Thai Japanese Stadium.
Korat's coach, Tewet, came in for some criticism after last week's defeat at Krabi when he changed a winning side from the previous match. He'll probably have to 'retinker' his side for the visit of PTT Rayong who'll have ex-Swatcat Josef Tirer in their squad.
The demoted duo of Khon Kaen and Siam Navy meet again for the first time since relegation. Both sides have struggled since their drop from the TPL although Khon Kaen will be buoyed by their 4-1 win at Chantaburi last weekend. Sriracha have adapted to life in the lower level slightly better than Khon Kaen and Siam Navy and they host draw experts FC Phuket on Sunday
The Raj Pracha v Songkla fixture completes the picture in Division 1.

Division 2 Bangkok
Customs Utd 1-1 Chamchuri Utd

Rangsit FC v Thai Honda

Kasem Bundit v Assumption Thonburi
Luk Isan v R-BEC
Samut Sakhon v Central Lions
Nonthaburi v Samut Prakarn Utd

Bangkok Christian v Kasetsart
Globex v Krung Thonburi

The division 2 card has been spread over five days with Customs and Chamchuri already sharing a 1-1 draw on Wednesday afternoon.
On Friday evening Rangsit host Thai Honda. A minimum of a point would temporarily move the Speed Kings to the top of the league.
Current leaders R-BEC, have bizarrely yet to win an away game this season. Luk Isan away will be a great opportunity to break that duck. Second placed Samut Sakhon need to get back to winning ways and should do that with the visit of Central Lions. North Bangkok and Rayong United were scheduled to play on Sunday but for some reason the fixture has disappeared from the program.

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