Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wednesday 26 September Preview

FC Cup - Second Leg
Al Shorta SC (2) v (1) Chonburi

Al Shorta's 2-1 win in Thailand last week has the tie firmly in control of the Syrian side. It's never over until the fat lady sings and I believe there are some positives Chonburi can take with them to the Middle East:
a) the tie will be played at a neutral venue in Jordon and not in Syria
b) last year Chonburi beat eventual winners Nasaf 1-0 in the away leg of the last 8 after the Sharks had lost the home leg 1-0
c) Thiago was the outstanding player of the match last week showing that he has the ability to mix it at this level
d) the Al Shorta keeper, Karkar was far from convincing in the first leg and he looks like he's got a mistake or two in him

In addition to that, several Chonburi players went missing in the home leg, and I feel they need to step to the mark if the Thai side have any chance of overturning this deficit.

Other quarter finals:
Al Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) (2) v (0) Arema Indonesia
Kelantan (Malaysia) (1) v (5) Arbil (Iraq)
Al Wehdat (Jordan) (0) v (0) Kuwait SC

Toyota League Cup - Last 4 First Leg
Bangkok Glass v Buriram Utd
Ratchaburi v TOT

Cup holders Buriram United probably drew the tie that they wouldn't have wanted as they were pitted against Bangkok Glass. Nonetheless, Buriram will be buoyed by the fact that they've won the six previous TPL meetings against BG and they'd be disappointed if they didn't reach their third consecutive Toyota League Cup final. BG's league form has been woeful recently with only two points collected from the last 15 available. The cups have been a refreshing break for Glass, but now is the time for their overpaid, underachieving squad to repay the money invested in assembling them. They are only 180 minutes away from reaching their first ever domestic cup final.
The other tie between Ratchaburi and TOT is a close one to call as both sides have had seasons that they can be proud of. Ratchaburi are on the verge of joining the TPL cast while TOT, despite having a limited squad and budget, have nestled into the sanctuary of mid-table TPL safety.

Police Utd v Pattaya Utd

It's take two as Police and Pattaya try to conclude the match which was postponed back in the beginning of August. For Police it's a must win match after they slipped back into the bottom 3 last weekend following their 1-0 loss to Esan Utd. Three points would lift the Pathumthani club back above Thai Port into 15th position.
Pattaya have 33 points and they'll be hoping the recent goal glut from Ludo continues as the Dolphins bid to secure a top half finish. It's now six goals in four for the Pattaya hitman.

Division 2 Playoff
Pattani v R-BEC

The winner of this tie will be the final twelfth team to complete the line up for the Division 2 Champions League. As the match will be played in Songkla, it will have the feeling of a home game for Pattani.
The winner of this will join Chiang Mai FC, NSRU, Phitsanoluk, Roi Et, Sisaket Utd, Ayutthaya, Rayong FC, Trat, Thai Honda, Rayong Utd and Trang in Saturday's group draw.

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