Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wednesday 10 October - Preview

Buriram Utd v Samut Songkhram
BEC Tero v TTM
Thai Port v Chiang Rai Utd
Police Utd v Bangkok Glass
Chainat v Pattaya Utd
TOT v Muangthong Utd
Esan Utd v Chonburi
BBCU v Wuachon Utd
Osotspa Saraburi v Army Utd

Muangthong United will be out to avenge last month's Toyota League cup exit to TOT when they meet on Wednesday. The league leaders would make it 30 games unbeaten if they avoid defeat against fifth placed TOT.
A win for Chonburi at Esan United would confirm a minimum of a second placed finish for the Sharks. The battle for third position has Buriram United at home to Samut Songkram while BEC Tero look a shoo-in for three points with the visit of TTM.

BBCU remain seven points from safety and anything other than three points against Wuachon wouldn't be adequate enough. Third bottom Chainat take on the unpredictable Pattaya United who themselves aren't clear of danger. Officially there will be no Thai Port fans in attendance when they host Chiang Rai United. The five previous league and cup games between the pair have ended in draws so expect them to share the spoils in this one. The Pathumthani derby between Police Utd and Bangkok Glass sees the home side play their fifth consecutive home game. Strangely enough Bangkok Glass have to play their last five matches away from home with this being the second of five. The game will also quickly reunite BG head coach Phil Stubbins with his old employees.

The contest between Osotspa Saraburi and Army completes the picture as both sides aim to achieve top half finishes.

Division 1
Songkla v Bangkok FC
Krabi v Raj Pracha
Siam Navy v Korat
Chantaburi v Bangkok Utd
FC Phuket v Khon Kaen
Ratchaburi v Suphanburi
Air Force Utd v Sriracha
Phattalung v Saraburi

There are some vital clashes at both ends of the table this Wednesday. Ratchaburi will clinch promotion if they can beat Suphanburi. I'm sure Bangkok United and Sriracha will be hoping for this outcome as they bid to catch up on Suphanburi. Third placed Bkk Utd should be able to capitalize on any slip-ups as they visit Chantaburi while Sriracha can't afford anything other than a win at Air Force United.

Depending on how the results pan out, Raj Pracha could be relegated if they lose at Krabi. There are two massive relegation bouts in the south with Songkla hosting Bangkok FC and FC Phuket entertaining Khon Kaen. Victories for either of the southern clubs would see them move above their midweek opponents. The Phatthalung v Saraburi clash also has significant bearing on the bottom with both sides still needing more points to secure a Division 1 spot for 2013.

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