Thursday, May 16, 2013

Matchday 11 Preview


BEC Tero v Buriram Utd

Bangkok Utd v Suphanburi
Pattaya Utd v Bangkok Glass
Ratchaburi v Chainat
TOT v Muangthong Utd

Army v Songkhla Utd
Chonburi P-P Sisaket
Osotspa Saraburi v Chiang Rai Utd
Samut Songkhram v Police Utd

Buriram United return to action just 48 hours after they enjoyed a memorable night in the AFC beating Bunyodkor 2-1. They travel to Uzbekistan next Tuesday and need the extra time to prepare for the second leg. Scott Cooper will be able to recall Patino, Quero, Carmelo, Suchao, and Han Jae Woong for the Tero match as they didn't feature on Tuesday night. Actually, Buriram wanted to postpone this match until June but BEC Tero weren't keen on this and the top brass at the TPL headquarters insisted it wouldn't be postponed to a later date.

The Thunder Castle will move to the top of the league with a win over Tero but Muangthong would return to the top on Saturday if they can win the Chaeng Wattana derby at TOT.
It's Chonburi's turn to sit this weekend out with Sisaket their supposed opponents. The Sharks are in hot form and will be disappointed not to be involved this round of fixtures.

Suphanburi have wobbled lately after a promising start and they'll be hoping to end their 5 game winless streak at Bangkok United. Army haven't won in three and the visit of Songkla gives them a good chance to end that.

Under pressure coach Stefano Cugurra takes his side to Saraburi as his Fighting Beetles seek their first win of the season. Osotspa are also in a poor run of form and this contest could go either way. The three other games between Pattaya v Bangkok Glass, Ratchaburi v Chainat and Samut Songkhram v Police are also tight to call.

Division 1

Air Force Utd v Saraburi
Bangkok FC v Sriracha
Krabi v Singh Tarua
Phuket v Rayong FC
PTT Rayong v Khon Kaen

Ayutthaya v Trat
Nakhon Pathon Utd v Rayong Utd
Nakhon Ratchasima v Siam Navy

The top 5 all feature on Saturday. Air Force, PTT, Phuket and Bangkok FC all have home matches against lower league opposition. Singh Tarua travel to Krabi who will be with out their coach Sawat Khongkaew who resigned earlier in the week.

TTM must be feeling deju vu as their start to the season is almost as bad as the one they suffered in the TPL last season. After 10 games they have five draws and five losses. They have scored five goals of which only one has been scored on home territory.
Elsewhere on Sunday, familiar Division 2 foes from 2012, Ayutthaya and Trat, meet for the first time in the first division while Nakhon Ratchasima and Siam Navy already has a mid-table look to it. Nakhon Pathom Utd are slowly slipping near the relegation zone after five games without a victory. A loss to Rayong Utd would see the Elephant Warriors move above NPU.

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