Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Toyota League Cup - Round 2

Toyota League Cup - Round 2
Korat v Muangthong
Kasetsart v Wuachon
Samut Prakarn Utd v FC Phuket
Lopburi v TTM
Petchaburi v Chonburi
NSRU v Chiang Rai Utd
Songkla v TOT
Customs v Krabi
Pattalung v Bangkok Glass
Pattani v Osotspa
Suphanburi v Samut Songkhram
Khon Kaen v Thai Port
Lamphun Warriors v BEC Tero
Hat Yai v Buriram Utd
Trat v Ratchaburi
Air Force v Pattaya

The ties are set to be played this Wednesday with kick off times varying between 15:30 and 18:30. With 10 regional league clubs still involved, expect to see at least a couple of upsets as Div 1/TPL clubs tumble out of the cup.

In Round 1, Kasetsart produced the biggest shock of the round as they dispensed of Esan United 4-0. This time they face another TPL side that has recently relocated to an alternative location in Wuachon United.

Other ties with Regional league sides against TPL opponents are Lopburi v TTM, Petchaburi v Chonburi, NSRU Paknampho v Chiang Rai United, Pattani v Osotspa, Lamphun Warriors v BEC Tero and Hat Yai v Buriram Utd. If I were to pick a banana skin out of this one it would have to be Lopburi v TTM although NSRU v Chiang Rai could be interesting. The Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University (NSRU) were in the Bangkok Division 2 last season and they did eventually finish a respectable fifth after an indifferent start. The Yellow Dragons have maintained their momentum and now sit third in the northern region albeit seven points behind runaway leaders Chiang Mai FC.

Another interesting contest is Pattalung v Bangkok Glass. The Swiftlets' ongoing problems have been well documented and the return of their recently departed coach Anurak Srikred in the BG technical area should add some extra spice to the cup tie.

There is no doubting where the highest attendance will be as Korat welcome TPL leaders Muangthong United. Locals are anticipating a five figure crowd even though some of the shine has been taken off the glamour tie after it was switched from the weekend to midweek. The Swatcats will be without Muangthong loanee Anon who has to sit it out against his parent club.

There are plenty of other ties and for those of you looking for a live TV fix, you can watch Trat v Ratchaburi live on SMMTV.

And finally, clubs with new signings for leg 2 in the TPL/Div 1 should be eligible to play their recent additions in the cup ties despite the fact they aren't permitted to play league games until the 25th of July.

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