Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wednesday 8 August - Preview

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

At the time of writing, various Thai websites indicate that Samut Songkhram will host Army United at the Samut Songkhram Stadium. The Mae Klong favorites were reported to have been given a one match home ban after violence flared at the end of their last home match with Chonburi. There were rumors that the contest would be switched to Army Stadium or Rajamangala, but no conformation has ever materialized. Anyway, regardless of where it's played, Army Utd will begin a run of six successive TPL away fixtures. All this allowance of fixture juggling makes things a bit farcical in my opinion when sequences like this appear.
Another side, who'll definitely be playing at an alternative venue are BEC Tero. For some reason, their Thephasadin Stadium is unavailable so they've switched their match with Osotspa to the Rajamangala.

Leaders Muangthong make the short trip up to Thammasart visiting a Police side going for their first win in twelve. The United Stadium in Chiang Rai welcomes Chonburi for the first time while third placed Buriram travel to Nong Prue to take on a Pattaya team who've been struggling of late.

Elsewhere bottom placed TTM are looking for their second home league goal of the season as they have the company of Wuachon. Thai Port will be aiming to emulate their last meeting with BBCU which ended 3-1, although it should be noted that the Pink Panthers have improved since that encounter in June. Superstitious Bangkok Glass fans must be hoping that their 13th home game isn't unlucky as they welcome Esan Utd who could give a debut to new signing Mark Burchill. The Chainat faithful must be craving to see a rare home win as the Hornbills have only collected three points on one occasion from ten at their gaff. TOT are the latest side aiming to leave Chainat town undefeated.

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

Ratchaburi v Krabi takes centre stage with first hosting third. The pair come into the match after disappointing weekend results and will be looking to bounce back.The Dragons are unbeaten at home and will start as favorites against Krabi who haven't been firing on all cylinders lately.
Sriracha and Suphanburi will be out to avenge losses from June. The Blue Marlins were surprisingly humbled 3-0 by lowly Raj Pracha while Suphanburi were edged out 1-0 at Korat. The pair of promotion chasers should get on better with home advantage this time.
Also firmly in the hunt are PTT Rayong and Bangkok United who both enjoyed satisfactory victories last weekend. The Petroleum Authority visit a resurgent Air Force while Bangkok United make the long journey to the north eastern city of Khon Kaen

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