Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Matchdays 22, 23 & 24 - Preview


Wednesday 14
Bangkok Glass v Samut Songkhram
Bangkok Utd v Army Utd
Chainat v Police Utd
Muangthong Utd v Ratchaburi
Pattaya Utd v Chonburi
Sisaket P-P Chiang Rai Utd
Songkhla Utd v Buriram Utd
Suphanburi v Osotspa Saraburi
TOT v BEC Tero

Saturday 17
Bangkok Utd v Ratchaburi
Buriram Utd v Chiang Rai Utd
Muangthong Utd v Pattaya Utd
Songkhla Utd v Police Utd

Sunday 18
Bangkok Glass v BEC Tero
Chainat v Osotspa Saraburi
Sisaket P-P Samut Songkhram
Suphanburi v Army Utd
TOT v Chonburi

Wednesday 21
Army v Bangkok Glass
BEC Tero v Chainat
Chiang Rai Utd v Muangthong Utd
Chonburi v Suphanburi
Osotspa Saraburi P-P Sisaket
Pattaya v Bangkok Utd
Ratchaburi v TOT
Samut Songkhram v Songkhla Utd

Esteghlal v Buriram Utd (AFC Quarter Final - 1st leg)

The title race is still wide open after Buriram and Muagthong drew at the weekend. Buriram only have two fixtures to fulfill as they travel to Tehran next week for the first leg of the AFC quarter final. In advance of that, they'll make their longest domestic journey of the season down to Songkhla before Chiang Rai come calling at the I-Mobile stadium. Muangthong face three sides currently in the relegation battle with Ratchaburi and Pattaya at home before they head north to Chiang Rai.

The Chonburi v Suphanburi showdown next Wednesday will have a great bearing on who finishes in third. A win for Chonburi would almost wrap up a minimum of a third placed finish. The Sharks will feel they'll have six points for picking prior to this match with away trips to Pattaya and TOT. Suphanburi have a tricky home tie with Osotspa before they welcome Army on Sunday.

Chiang Rai United could be in deep trouble after their next three fixtures. They will miss out on Wednesday because they have Sisaket. They then travel to Buriram and after that host Muagthong. Samut Songkhram also have to sit one out, yet they'll be slightly more optimistic with a home fixture against Songkhla followed by a trip to Bangkok Glass.
Pattaya welcome big brother Chonburi before they travel to Muangthong on Saturday. Their home fixture with Bangkok United appears the easiest on paper, but by then they could be well adrift from the pack. Bangkok Utd will have played two home games against Army and Ratchaburi in advance of their visit to Nong Prue. The Angels will be out to avenge their 6-0 humping against Army earlier in the campaign.

Chainat and TOT must be having a sly look over their shoulders as their second leg form thus far has been poor. TOT have two reasonably tough home fixtures against BEC Tero and Chonburi prior to a trip to Ratchaburi. Chainet also have a brace of home matches with Police Utd and Osotspa Saraburi coming to town. Then the Hornbills travel to the home of BEC Tero.

Division 1

Wednesday 14
Air Force v Bangkok FC
Ayutthaya v Nakhon Ratchasima
BBCU v Singh Tarua
Nakhon Pathom Utd v TTM
PTT Rayong v Trat
Rayong Utd v Rayong FC
Saraburi v Krabi
Siam Navy v Phuket
Sriracha v Khon Kaen

Saturday 17
Air Force v Nakhon Pathom Utd
BBCU v Krabi
Khon Kaen v Phuket
Siam Navy v Singh Tarua
Sriracha v Rayong FC

Sunday 18
Ayutthaya v TTM
Rayong Utd v PTT Rayong
Saraburi v Nakhon Ratchasima
Trat v Bangkok FC

Wednesday 21
Bangkok FC v Saraburi
Krabi v Sriracha
Nakhon Pathom Utd v Ayutthaya
Nakhon Ratchasima v Rayong Utd
Phuket v Air Force
PTT Rayong v BBCU
Rayong FC v Siam Navy
Singh Tarua v Khon Kaen
TTM v Trat

The game with most relevance on the promotion issues in the next few days is Air Force v Bangkok FC. A win for Air Force would reopen a healthy lead on fourth place but a loss would possibly decrease the gap to only two points. The duo then follow up their clash with a couple of challenging fixtures. The Iron Bulls travel to Trat before welcoming Saraburi to Bang Mod. Air Force will be in for a laborious contest when they host Nakhon Pathom Utd and their long trip to Phuket won't be a stroll in the park either.
PTT Rayong will certainly fancy their chances of gathering nine points from their upcoming fixtures while Singh Tarua may boldly be feeling the same way despite having two away trips.

At the bottom, it's make or break for Rayong FC as they'll encounter the three other sides that are currently locked in the relegation placings. Sriracha also have three matches against sides in the lower half of the table and both sides target should be a minimum of six points.

A loss for Rayong Utd in the Rayong derby would leave them in a perilous position with fixtures against PTT Rayong and Korat to follow while Siam Navy have two tough home fixtures before they make the short journey to play the Wild Horses.

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