Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Midweek Action 23-25 October

AFC Cup - Semi Final 2nd leg
Chonburi (1) v (4) Arbil SC (Tuesday)

If Chonburi need any inspiration on how to overturn a 4-1 first leg deficit into a victory, then they should have been watching reruns of Deportivo la Coruna's 4-0 second leg victory over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League back in 2004. On that night, AC Milan just thought they had to turn up in northern Spain to complete the formality of progressing to the semi final, and from what I've read in the press, Arbil appear to be suffering from the same bout of self assurance.
The 4-1 scoreline of the first leg flattered the Iraqi champions as they took advantage of some flimsy Chonburi defending. The Sharks will be boosted by the return of Brazilian Thiago Cunha who sat out the first leg due to suspension. A B3million bonus has been dangled in front of the Chonburi snouts by the club chaiman to defy the mountainous odds and qualify for the AFC Cup final.

FA Cup Semi Finals
Bangkok Glass v Buriram United
Army United v Chiang Rai United

Both games will be played at neutral venues with BG and Buriram Utd crossing swords once again at the Rajamangala Stadium while Army and Chinag Rai United will play at Muangthong United's home stadium.
Bangkok Glass will be looking to make it 9th time lucky to end a run of eight consecutive defeats to Buriram. The sides should be familiar with each other having met in the Toyota League cup semi final last week. The Thunder Castle won that tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Army United will be aiming to book an FA Cup final at the third attempt after two previous losses at this stage of the competition in the last two seasons. Their two recent semi finals appearances ended rather meekly with defeats to Chonburi in 2010 and Buriram PEA in 2011. This is the furthest Chiang Rai United have ever been in a cup competition, and they'll be hoping to lift their first major trophy in their short four year history. The form book would point towards Army winning this as they won both league meetings 1-0 this season.

Osotspa Saraburi v Chonburi (Thursday)

A point in this would be sufficient enough to secure a 5th placed finish for Osotspa. It's been a topsy-turvy season for the Saraburi club, but winning their last three games has propelled them to the cusp of a top 5 finish. Chonburi will play this game less than 48 hours after their AFC Cup semi final against Arbil.

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