Friday, August 9, 2013

Matchday 21 Preview


Army Utd v TOT
Chonburi v Bangkok Utd
Police Utd P-P Sisaket
Samut Songkhram v Chainat

BEC Tero v Suphanburi
Buriram Utd v Muangthong Utd
Chiang Rai Utd v Songkhla Utd
Osotspa Saraburi v Bangkok Glass
Ratchaburi v Pattaya Utd

There is no doubting which match captures all the attention on Matchday 21. Leaders Buriam United host second placed Muangthong United and a victory for the Thunder Castle would have the TPL crown firmly within their grasp. Buriram only have one blemish on their home record this term and that was back on the first weekend of the season when newly promoted Suphanburi earned an unexpected draw.
Muangthong are currently producing their best football of the season after their TPL form stuttered during their disastrous AFC Champions League campaign. Muangthong have Djurovski back from suspension and it wouldn't surprise me if Kawin is thrust back into the starting line-up too.

The games at BEC Tero, Chiang Rai, Ratchaburi and Saraburi will very much play second fiddle on Sunday. It's a shame really as form team Osotspa Saraburi will be looking to Chananan, who is currently on a hot goal scoring streak, to inflict more damage onto Bangkok Glass after they suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss at Police last weekend.
Jhon Obregon has been receiving rave reviews since his recent transfer to Ratchaburi and the "Balotelli of Columbia" will fancy his chances of notching a couple of goals against the worst defence in the league (Pattaya).
BEC Tero stopped the rot last Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Bangkok United and realistically another point from fourth placed Suphanburi would be an adequate return.
The longest trip on the TPL schedule will be undertaken when Songkhla United embark on the 3,500km round trip to Chiang Rai. The Fighting Beetles will begin as favorites after they finally broke their duck at the United Stadium last week with a victory over Chainat.

On Saturday, third placed Chonburi should be expecting to extend their unbeaten run in the league to five when they welcome Bangkok United while TOT will travel to Army hoping to make amends for the 4-0 mauling the suffered in Laksi back in April.

Samut Songkhram have only scored a pitiful 11 goals from 19 matches. Time is running out for Mackerels and three points are vital from the visit of mid-table Chainat.

Division 1

Bangkok FC v Ayutthaya
Nakhon Ratchasima v Trat
PTT Rayong v Saraburi
Singh Tarua v Sriracha
TTM v Air Force

Khon Kaen v Siam Navy
Krabi v Rayong Utd
Phuket v Nakhon Pathom Utd
Rayong FC v BBCU

The Top 6 are all involved on Saturday with two of them clashing at the PTT Stadium. PTT Rayong hit the top of the table last weekend, and they can still boast an unbeaten record in the league. Their opponents, Saraburi, have won their last three games to keep within striking distance of the Top 3.
Air Force have lost their last two matches and have dropped to second position as a consequence. They'll be hoping to get back to winning ways at TTM's nearby temporary home, the Bunyajinda Stadium, before they host Bangkok FC next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Bulligans welcome Ayutthaya as they play their fifth successive home match while for Singh Tarua's fourth consecutive game at the PAT Stadium, Sriracha will be gracing the away locker room.
Korat's new Japanese coach, Sukao Kambei, has made an impressive start winning his first two competitive fixtures. Their guests Trat have lost their last two and their season is endanger of petering out.

On Sunday, Phuket will unleash new coach, Stefano 'Teco' Cugurra. Regrettably for the Brazilian, the Islanders previous coach, Paniphon Kertyaem, has left their under achieving squad with an eight point gap on third placed Singh Tarua. Teco will need to reignite the magic he produced in 2010 when his Chiang Rai squad produced a flawless late run-in to earn promotion to the TPL.
Rayong FC were pitted against Buriram United in the semi final draw of the League Cup, but they'll need to overlook their upcoming glamour tie for now as three points from BBCU is their immediate priority.
Krabi will be confident of making it three wins in a row when they host Rayong United, and Khon Kaen will harbor similar thoughts when they welcome a Siam Navy side that hasn't travelled well this season.The Sattahip club will be hopeful that new coach Arjhan can lead them to their first away win of the campaign.

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