Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend Preview 29-30 September

Thai Port v Samut Songkhram
Buriram Utd v BEC Tero
Bangkok Glass v TTM

Chainat v Chiang Rai Utd
Esan Utd v Pattaya Utd
BBCU v Muangthong Utd
Army Utd v Wuachon Utd
Police Utd v TOT

With half a dozen games left, the big question now is who will accompany BBCU and TTM into Division 1. The title is destined to Muangthong while BBCU and TTM need something spectacular to happen if they have any chance of surviving.
On Wednesday night, Police United earned a valuable three points as they beat Pattaya 1-0. The victory lifted the Pathumthani club onto 28 points, one point and one place above Thai Port in 16th position.
The three clubs currently embroiled in fighting the drop all have home games over what will be regarded as beatable mid-table opposition. On Saturday, Thai Port welcome Samut Songkhram while on Sunday Chainat entertain Chiang Rai Utd and Police host TOT.

The Rajamangala should see it's biggest attendance to date this season with the visit of Muangthong. The league leaders only need three more wins from their last six outings to be confirmed as champions. After last week's loss to Wuachon, Buriram United can no longer catch Muangthong as their year reign as champions is set to end. This weekend they host familiar foes BEC Tero for what seems like the umpteenth time in the last couple of seasons. The pair will also once again reacquaint next Wednesday in the FA Cup.

Bangkok Glass will see the visit of TTM as a chance to end their barren five game run. TTM"s tenure in the TPL is as good as over and even if they won their six remaining games, they'd only have 35 points which probably wouldn't be enough to maintain their top flight status. A win for Esan United over Pattaya would cement their lofty fifth placed perch while Army will want to halt their three game losing run with victory over Wuachon United.

Division 1
Songkla v Raj Pracha
PTT Rayong v Korat
Krabi v Bangkok Utd
Siam Navy v Khon Kaen

JW Rangsit v Bangkok FC
Chantaburi v Suphanburi
FC Phuket v Sriracha
Ratchaburi v Saraburi
Air Force Utd v Phatthalung

Top dogs Ratchaburi host the league's form side, Saraburi. At the end of August, things were looking bleak for Saraburi, but four wins this month have propelled the Warlords six points clear of danger.
Up until last weekend, Bangkok United were 11 games unbeaten and sitting pretty in second place. However their home loss to PTT saw them drop to fourth below Suphanburi and Sriracha. All three sides hit the road this weekend with Bangkok United at Krabi, Sriracha at a faltering FC Phuket and Suphanburi travel to a Chantaburi side whose leaky defence will be trying to prevent the 100th goal to breach their net this season. Any slip ups from the trio would allow PTT Rayong back into the picture provided they beat draw experts Korat.
At the other end, Songkla must beat Raj Pracha while Khon Kaen need to pick up points at Siam Navy after collecting only one from the last twelve available. Bangkok FC will hope the away fixture at JW Rangsit makes it a hat-trick of wins, and I'm positive Phatthalung would be satisfied if they extended their drawing sequence to five after their trip to Air Force United.

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