Thursday, May 30, 2013

Midweek Results & Matchday 14 Preview

TPL Results
Army Utd 3-2 Chiang Rai Utd
Bangkok Utd 3-2 Chainat
BEC Tero 3-2 Police Utd
Chonburi 1-4 Buriram Utd
Osotspa Saraburi 2-1 Samut Songkhram
Pattaya Utd P-P Sisaket
Ratchaburi 0-1 Songkhla Utd
Suphanburi 3-1 Muangthong Utd
TOT 1-1 Bangkok Glass

Saturday Fixtures
Bangkok Glass v Suphanburi
Chainat v TOT
Police Utd v Army Utd
Samut Songkhram v BEC Tero

Buriram Utd v Ratchaburi
Chiang Rai Utd v Chonburi
Muangthong v Osotspa Saraburi
Sisaket P-P Bangkok Utd
Songkhla Utd v Pattaya Utd

Muangthong United and Buriram United both have home games that you'd expect them to win so it's unlikely there will be any change at the top. Buriram closed to within one point of leaders Muangthong on Wednesday after their 4-1 triumph at Chonburi. Muangthong finished with only nine players in their 3-1 defeat at Suphanburi and could be overtaken by the Thunder Castle if they win their game in hand.

Bangkok Glass and Suphanburi are both in a rich vein of form and their clash on Saturday evening looks the pick off day. Elsewhere on this day, BEC Tero will see their trip to Samut Songkhram as a chance for three points while Chainat v TOT and Police v Army could well be draws.

Chonburi won't have time to lick their midweek wounds as they make the long trip up to Chiang Rai. Things in the Chiang Rai Utd camp are far from rosy with home fans continuing to vent their disapproval towards their coach.

In the final game, Songkhla will start as strong favorites when they welcome second bottom Pattaya United.

Division 1 Results
Air Force 1-0 BBCU
Ayutthaya 1-0 Rayong Utd
Bangkok FC 7-3 Khon Kaen
Nakhon Pathom Utd 2-1 Sriracha
Nakhon Ratchasima 2-2 Singh Tarua
Phuket 2-0 Krabi
PTT Rayong 3-0 Rayong FC
Siam Navy 0-1 TTM
Trat 2-1 Saraburi

Saturday Fixtures
Khon Kaen v TTM
Rayong FC v Nakhon Ratchasima
Singh Tarua v Bangkok FC

BBCU v Ayutthaya
Krabi v PTT Rayong
Rayong Utd v Trat
Saraburi v Phuket
Siam Navy v Nakhon Pathom Utd
Sriracha v Air Force

Midweek home wins saw Air Force, PTT Rayong and Bangkok FC strengthen their position at the top. This Sunday, Air Force will be looking for their 8th successive win when they travel to an off-colour Sriracha while PTT Rayong have a slightly more difficult task in Krabi.
Times have changed for both Singh Tarua and Bangkok FC since their last meeting back in the Toyota League Cup in 2010. Thai Port as they were known back then, beat Bangkok FC 4-3 on aggregate as they went on to lift the cup. Bangkok FC were a regional league side three years ago while Thai Port were a Top 4 TPL team that progressed to the quarter finals of the AFC Cup. This Saturday, Bangkok FC will start the game in a higher position in the Division 1 table and arguably favorites to collect three points. The Bulligans scored seven against Khon Kaen on Wednesday to ensure they finished the month of May unbeaten.

A depleted Singh Tarua would have been satisfied with a point at Nakhon Ratchasima in midweek, although the Swatcats would have seen this as a missed opportunity for three points considering they were leading for the second consecutive game with minutes left on the clock. On Saturday Korat will expect to extend their unbeaten run to eight at Rayong FC, but for the fans their trip to Rayong FC will bring back unhappy memories of their last visit when they were attacked by Rayong thugs at the end of the match.

Things are looking bright for TTM after their midweek win at Siam Navy hoisted them out of the danger zone. Off the field, negotiations to finally move the club to Lopburi for Leg 2 have been positive and the vagabond club could soon have a permanent home.

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