Monday, October 1, 2012

Midweek Preview

AFC Cup Semi Final - 1st Leg
Arbil v Chonburi (Tues)

The first leg of the semi final will be played in the Arbil Stadium in northern Iraq. Arbil will be hoping to go one step further than 2011 when they were eliminated at the same stage of the competition by Al Kuwait.
The Yellow Castle have already won silverware this year claiming their fourth Iraqi Premier League title back in August by seven points whilst only losing once in 38 matches. 
Chonburi should be feeling relatively fresh after resting at the weekend following their quarter final victory over Al Shorta last Wednesday.
The other semi-final will be between Kuwait SC and Al Ettifaq in Kuwait City on the same evening.

FA Cup - Last 8
Army v Muangthong Utd
Buriram Utd v BEC Tero
Ayutthaya v Bangkok Glass
Chiang Rai Utd v Suphanburi

The last 8 of the FA Cup, unlike the Toyota league Cup, is only a one leg affair.
Last month's TPL clash between Army and Muangthong was a washout with Muangthong squelching out a 2-1 win. Both sides will be hoping for drier conditions as they bid to book a semi final berth. Muangthong rested up last weekend while Army's loss to Wuachon made it four consecutive TPL defeats.
Buriram and BEC Tero will clash for the fifth time this season with Saturday's league match going the way of BEC Tero. The Thunder Castle have developed themselves as a strong cup side and will enter this contest as slight favorites. 
In the last round, Ayutthaya, of the regional league, sent Thai Port packing beating their TPL opponents 2-1. Bangkok Glass make the short journey up the road aiming to reach another cup semi final. The Glass Rabbits have to do it without coach Surachai who resigned on Saturday evening. His replacement is Phil Stubbins who was previously technical director at Police United
It's been a relatively disappointing season for Chiang Rai Utd in the TPL. The northern club have flirted with relegation rather than pushing on for a top half finish as expected. The FA Cup is their last chance to turn their season into a successful one. Beating first division Suphanburi won't be easy but the Fighting Beetles faithful would be bitterly disappointed not to advance to the last 4.

Division 1
PTT Rayong v JW Rangsit (Wednesday)

After the weekend's home loss to Korat, the equation is simple for PTT. They must win every game and hope that any two of Suphanburi, Sriracha and Bangkok United self-implode allowing them to sneak back into one of the promotion berths.
JW will be in a buoyant mood after they staged a late comeback to beat Bangkok FC 3-2 on Sunday. Nonetheless, not many will be predicting anything other than a home win.

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