Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekend Preview 11-12 August

Buriram Utd v Chainat
TOT v Bangkok Glass
Esan Utd v Thai Port

Osotspa Saraburi v Samut Songkhram
TTM v Army Utd
Wuachon v Chiang Rai Utd
Chonburi v Police
Muangthong v Pattaya

It's a holiday weekend in Thailand with Mother's Day being celebrated throughout the kingdom. BEC Tero make a swift return to the Rajamangala after they had a night to forget against Osotspa on Wednesday. The meeting with BBCU gives the Fire Dragons a quick opportunity to erase memories of that 4-0 thumping.
Last time Buriram met Chainat they eased to a 3-0 win. Since that match at the beginning of June, the Thunder Castle have only won three from eleven as they've slipped out of the title race. Chainat tend to play better on the road so Buriram should expect another tough evening.
Since Bangkok Glass came into existence in 2009, they have never beaten TOT in 7 previous TPL attempts. The Rabbits have blown hot and cold in recent weeks and one wonders which BG will turn up at the TOT Stadium.
The final game of Saturday reunites Ulrich Munze with Thai Port. The budding relationship between the pair evaporated after Munze's last trip to the PAT Stadium in June which Esan Utd won 1-0. The Esan stopper will surely be pumped up as he bids to keep another clean sheet against his former employers

I'm sure Muangthong won't be showing any motherly love on Sunday as they'll aim to get the three points from Pattaya to continue their league dominance. Pattaya did beat Buriram in Nong Prue during the week, so they'll come into this match feeling slightly more confident than they did a few days ago.
Chonburi's home form has been shaky lately and beating Police certainly isn't a formality. The Thammasart based club have been boosted by seven new signings through sponsorship money although it's been reported that the concrete company will withdraw their investment in the club at the end of the season unless results improve.

One of the remaining three matches has the longest trip covered by any two clubs as Chiang Rai United make the 1,750 km journey down to Wuachon. Army will be hoping that they don't get rained off this time in TTM and Osotspa, with impressive new boy Tangeni, take on Samut Songkhram to complete the picture this weekend.

Division 1
Bangkok Utd v Bangkok FC
Korat v Khon Kaen
Raj Pracha v Suphanburi
Songkla v Saraburi

JW Rangsit v Sriracha
PTT Rayong v Phatthalung
Krabi v Air Force Utd
Siam Navy v Ratchaburi
Chantaburi v FC Phuket

None of the top 6 meet each other this weekend. Ratchaburi probably have the most difficult task out of the group as they travel to Siam Navy.
Krabi have a one game fan ban (I think) after crowd trouble reared its ugly head against Phuket last Sunday. Arguably Air Force will start this game as favorites as their lethal strikeforce of Ononiwu and Hermann, has helped propel the Airmen to five straight wins. Krabi, meanwhile, appear to have a few internal issues that have contributed to recent stuttering form.
It's the battle of the teams with "Bangkok" in their title as United welcome FC while Sriracha, Suphanburi and PTT Rayong all face relegation threatened sides.
The visit of FC Phuket gives Chantaburi a realistic chance of halting their 11 match losing streak. Recent acquisitions have certainly improved performances with the Hares only losing 2-1 at Bangkok FC on Wednesday.

Division 2 BKK
Rangsit FC v Rayong Utd

Kasem Bundit v Samut Prakarn Utd
Globex v Luk Esan
Customs Utd v Thai Honda
Bangkok Christian v Chamchuri Utd

North Bangkok v Assumption Thonburi
Central Lions v Kasetsart
Samut Sakhon v Krung Thonburi
Nonthaburi v R-BEC

Leaders Rayong United could move six points clear at the top if they beat Rangsit FC on Friday evening.
On Saturday, Lat Krabang's finest meet when Customs welcome Thai Honda while Bangkok Christian against Chamchuri sees the close neighbors clash, although neither club has much to play for other than pride.
Kasetsart and R-BEC travel to the two sides planted to the bottom of the league. Kasetsart should have too much for Central Lions while R-BEC could have things slightly tougher at Nonthaburi. Another loss for Samut Sakhon would see them drop well out of the promotion picture. This weekend they play host to mid-table Krung Thonburi.

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