Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekend Preview 1-2 September

Thai Port v Pattaya
Buriram Utd v TTM
Samut Songkhram v Chiang Rai Utd
BEC Tero v Police Utd

Bangkok Glass v Muangthong Utd
Chainat v Chonburi
Wuachon v TOT
Esan Utd v Army Utd
BB-CU v Osotspa Saraburi

As we enter the finishing straight of the season, Muangthong United have galloped ahead of the rest of the pack holding a ten point advantage with ten games left to play. This weekend they travel over to Bangkok Glass where Muangthong have a pretty dismal record in the TPL. In three previous goes, the Kirins have failed to score and have only registered one point from their trips to Thanyaburi.
If BG can pull it off, Chonburi and Buriram will need to cash in to keep any distant title ambitions smouldering. Buriram might as well throw in the towel if they can't beat TTM at home while Chonburi have a slightly more tricky tie at Chainat. Earlier in the season, the Sharks staged a breath taking comeback to defeat Chainat 4-3 at the Chonburi Stadium.

At the other end, Thai Port just about have their heads above water, but with half of their remaining fixtures against the top 5, three points are a must against Pattaya on Saturday. TP fans have become frustrated with their coach's negative team selections and the constant chopping and changing of defensive personnel. News last night confirmed that Worakorn Wichanarong was sacked by Thai Port. No replacement has been named as we speak.
The visitors Pattaya are another side that's endured a fluctuating season with a lack of goals being their biggest downfall to date. The signings of Ludo and Dyachenko should address that although I'm positive many of the Klong Toei fan base won't be to concerned to see recent acquisition Phudit in the Dolphin's starting line-up.
If Port lose on Saturday, BB-CU could move out of the relegation places with victory over the improving Osotspa. The Saraburi club have won four out of five to establish themselves in the top half.
Police United dropped to second bottom last week and with a rare away game scheduled, the cops might be satisfied with a point at BEC knowing that they have a multitude of home fixtures to follow.

The winner of Samut Songkhram v Chaing Rai Utd would buy themselves some daylight from the drop zone while Wuachon v TOT and Esan Utd v Army games complete the round up this weekend.

Division 1
PTT Rayong v Bangkok FC
Siam Navy v JW Rangsit
Chantaburi v Raj Pracha
FC Phuket v Korat
Saraburi v Sriracha
Air Force v Khon Kaen

Krabi v Songkla
Ratchaburi v Bangkok United
Phatthalung v Suphanburi

It's first against fourth as Ratchaburi's unbeaten home record will be put to the test by the form team of the moment, Bangkok United. In their last eight games, the Angels have won six and drawn two to move within inches of the promotion trio.
The other two Sunday games in the south will have a great baring on who's going to the TPL too. Suphanburi play their third game of the week down south with a trip to Phattalung after twice facing Songkla earlier in the week. Since the halfway point, Krabi's form has been very mid-table, and with a tough run in to follow, it's vital the the Energy beat Songkla.

Sriracha could temporarily move into second place if they win or draw at Saraburi on Saturday. The Blue Marlins have won four on the trot scoring 11 times while Saraburi have lost their last three which has seen them drop into the relegation places. Last weekend, Sriracha beat PTT Rayong and the oil side dropped down to fifth. PTT host Bangkok FC who are mirrored at fifth from the foot.
The game which peculiarly interests me is the wooden spoon clash between Chantaburi, with 14 straight losses and zero wins all season, against Raj Pracha who have picked up one solitary point from the last 27 available. There is no doubting that both sides will be in the regional leagues next season, but surely this is one that they both must be desperate to win.

Division 2 BKK
Rangsit FC v Samut Sakhon

Kasem Bundit v Chamchuri Utd
Customs Utd v Central Lions
Luk Esan v Rayong Utd

R-BEC v Thai Honda
Nonthaburi v Assumption Thonburi
North Bangkok v Bangkok Christian
Globex v Kasetsart
Samut Prakarn Utd v Krung Thonburi

The end of the Bangkok regional league has snuck up upon us as we enter its last month. Thai Honda have a six point lead with four to play and victory at R-BEC would virtually ensure them a place in the play-offs while it would leave the Tero youth side contemplating another season in the regional league. The other three promotion contenders make road trips. Samut Sakhon have a tough trip to Rangsit on Friday evening while Rayong Utd travel to Luk Esan on Saturday and Kasetsart a day later to Globex.

Current table with 4 games to play:
1 Thai Honda 65
2 Rayong Utd 59
3 Kasetsart 59
4 Samut Sakhon 56
5 R-BEC 55

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