Thursday, September 26, 2013

Matchday 30 Preview


Bangkok Glass v TOT
Chainat v Bangkok Utd
Samut Songkhram v Osotspa Saraburi
Sisaket P-P Pattaya Utd

Buriram v Chonburi
Chiang Rai Utd v Army Utd
Muangthong Utd v Suphanburi
Police Utd v BEC Tero
Songkhla Utd v Ratchaburi

On Sunday, Buriram United welcome Chonburi to the Thunder Castle. With five games left to play and a five point buffer on Muangthong, a win over the Sharks would leave Buriram within touching distance of seizing the TPL crown. Games between this duo usually produce goals. Earlier in the season, Buriram cruised to a 4-1 win at Chonburi. However, last season Chonburi claimed a sensational 4-3 win in Buriram.

Muangthong also play on Sunday and nothing less than three points is required. Their last four league games have only yielded one win for the current champs and it's nine games since they kept a clean sheet. Their opponents Suphanburi have stuttered in Leg 2 after such a promising start.

Also on Sunday, supporters of Pattaya, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram and TOT will be hoping that Army can do them a favour up at Chiang Rai Utd. A win for the Fighting Beetles would leave them in sight of the pack.
Police v BEC Tero doesn't have much riding on it and Songkhla v Ratchaburi has the hallmarks of being a low scoring contest.

It's another quiet Saturday lineup with only three fixtures. Bangkok Glass are on a six game unbeaten run and they have a cup final to look forward to after a 5-2 midweek win over Police Utd. At the other end of the current form spectrum, TOT have only picked up one point in the last ten matches. You'd have to be bold to predict anything other than a home win.
Chainat have been averaging less than a point a game since the start of Leg 2 and they welcome Bangkok United who would move above the 30 point mark with a win. For Samut Songkhram their last six matches have yielded two wins, two draws and two defeats. Their opponents Osotspa are unbeaten in their last four away fixtures with the last two being clean sheets.

Division 1

Khon Kaen v Bangkok FC
Krabi v Phuket
Rayong FC v PTT Rayong
Singh Tarua v Nakhon Ratchasima
TTM v Siam Navy

BBCU v Air Force
Rayong Utd v Ayutthaya
Saraburi v Trat
Sriracha v Nakhon Pathom Utd

Singh Tarua are the only side in the top 4 with a home match this weekend. They entertain a Nakhon Ratchasima side who will have one eye on the second leg of the League Cup semi-final next Wednesday. Last weekend Tarua drew 2-2 at PTT Rayong to keep their noses ahead of Bangkok FC. The Iron Bulls travel to Khon Kaen hoping to emulate their home fixture with the T-Rex back in May. That ended 7-3 with Olof Watson bagging a hat-trick on the evening.
PTT Rayong make the short journey into Rayong city center to Rayong FC. The wheels fell of Rayong's recovery wagon last week when they lost 4-1 at Krabi. Similar to Korat, Rayong FC might be distracted with a 1-0 lead to preserve in Buriram on the following Wednesday.
Air Force are away too but they have a quick trip down Vipawadee Road to BBCU. The Big Bang's season is basically pedaling through the motions but they have a habit of upsetting the apple cart when there is little at stake.

It's make or break for Rayong United when they welcome Ayutthaya on Sunday. A victory would move them to within three points of third bottom Ayutthaya while a defeat would almost certainly assign them to regional league football in 2014.
The southern clash between Krabi and Phuket has proved hostile in the last couple of seasons. Nonetheless, a win for Krabi would see them climb above the Islanders. Phuket were considered one of the favorites for promotion at the outset of the season but at this moment they're struggling to finish in the top half.

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