Friday, October 5, 2012

Weekend Preview 6-7 October

Chonburi v BBCU
Muantgthong Utd v Esan Utd
TTM v Thai Port
Pattaya Utd v TOT

Police Utd v Chainat
Chiang Rai Utd v Bangkok Glass
Samut Songkhran v BEC Tero
Army v Buriram Utd
Wuachon Utd v Osotspa Saraburi

The top 2 of Muangthong and Chonburi return to TPL action after their games were postponed last weekend. Since then, the duo have endured disappointing midweek results. Both will want to shake off their cup hangovers with home victories. Muangthong welcome 6th placed Esan United while Chonburi host struggling BBCU.

The biggie at the bottom is Police Utd v Chainat. Both sides occupy the two spots just above the relegation zone and defeat for either could leave them in serious trouble if Thai Port beat TTM on the previous day. The Klong Toei Army blamed the referee for their loss last weekend but there should be no such excuses if they can't beat TTM.

The fight for third place sees Buriram on 49 points travel to Army Utd who've lost four in a row in the TPL, while BEC Tero on 46, visit the muddy swamp of Mae Klong. 

With only five points separating Bangkok Glass in 5th and Chiang Rai Utd in 13th, the rest of the fixtures feature sides jockeying for their final positions. The two sides mentioned at either ends of the aforementioned pack meet as do Pattaya v TOT and Wuachon v Osotspa.

Division 1
Saraburi v Air Force Utd
Sriracha v Ratchaburi
Suphanburi v FC Phuket
Khon Kaen v Chantaburi
JW Rangsit v Songkla

Bangkok Utd v Siam Navy
Korat v Krabi
Raj Pracha v PTT Rayong
Bangkok FC v Phatthalung

A victory for Ratchaburi at Sriracha would leave the Dragons needing just one more win from their last four matches to book their spot in the TPL for next season.Winning won't be easy as Sriracha have won eight of their last nine with the only blemish being a 3-0 loss at Saraburi on the first day of September. Bangkok United's numbers are one less than Sriracha as they can boast seven victories in eight. Since Suphanburi unexpectedly lost at home to JW Rangsit, they've collected 16 from 18. This weekend, the Warriors host FC Phuket while Bangkok Utd entertain Siam Navy. It's a shame that one of these four clubs will miss out on promotion and they'll all be fully aware that any blips now will be costly.

In the relegation battle, Khon Kaen must collect three points at home to Chantaburi. One draw and four losses from their last five has seen the T-Rex plunge into the bottom 5. As mentioned beforehand FC Phuket have their work cut out at Suphanburi so it's highly likely they'll remain on 31 points. There are two big relegation dust-ups with Bangkok FC hosting Phatthalung and JW Rangsit welcoming Songkla. JW are hanging on by their fingertips and anything other than three points would signal the end of their two year tenure in Division 1 while Phatthalung would move six points clear of Bangkok FC if they are successful in Bang Mot.

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