Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday 30 March Review


Chainat 0-1 Singh Tarua
Samut Songkhram 1-3 Suphanburi
Bangkok Glass 2-0 Air Force
Songkhla Utd 2-1 Sisaket
Police 1-2 Osotspa Saraburi

Singh Tarua maintained their dream start to the season with a 1-0 win at Chainat. The travelling Khlong Toei Army had to wait right until the end of the match for their winner. Right back Watchara was gifted oceans of space on the flank to fire home a 25 yard shot.

Ratchaburi's 3-0 over Army on Saturday meant Tarua dropped to second over the weekend despite winning and closely behind the pair are Bangkok Glass. Two second half goals from Chatree helped them see off their plucky Pathum Thani neighbours Air Force.

Bjorn Lindemann's first return to the Army Stadium ended gleefully as his side saw off Suphanburi. The German scored Suphan's first with Jakkaphan and Bireme Diouf grabbing the others in their 3-1 over Samut Songkhram. The Mackerels are already five points from safety at this early stage.

Another side in relegation danger are Police United. They are third from bottom after losing 2-1 to Osotspa. First half goals from Jetsada and Chananan set the Saraburi side on their way.

Songkhla eased some worries as they won their first match of the campaign. Kayne Vincent cancelled out an early own goal before Adnan Barakat netted a late penalty to ensure Songkhla beat Sisaket 2-1.

Division 1

Sriracha 0-3 Ang Thong
Khon Kaen 1-0 Roi Et Utd
Krabi 0-2 Pattaya Utd
Trat 4-0 Ayutthaya
Nakhon Ratchasima 6-0 Phitsanulok

Nakhon Ratchasima established themselves as the top dog in Division 1 after thumping Phitsanulok 6-0. The crowd of 13,738 saw four first half goals by four different scorers. By this time Phitsanulok knew their unbeaten start to the season was terminating and a bad day at the office was complete when Korat added two more in the second period.

Ang Thong are close on the heals of Nakhon Ratchasima and they made no mistake beating Sriracha 3-0. The Chonburi based youth side are clearly out of their depth and have yet to register a point this year. Things are looking up for their provincial neighbours Pattaya after they recorded their second win of the week. Narakorn gave the Dolphins the lead before Krabi reject Christiano Lopes wrapped up the points in injury time.

Another side moving on up are Trat. Kendall Jagdeosingh was the chief tormentor of Ayutthaya in Trat's 4-0 triumph. The Trinidadian netted a treble while Labi got the other one.

Khon Kaen finally got their first win of the season after they beat local rivals Roi Et 1-0. There had already been three dismissals before Pitapong scored a late penalty.

Trat 4-0 Ayutthaya

Kendall Jagdeosingh inspired Trat to an eye catching 4-0 victory over Ayutthaya.

It took the former Chainat man only seven minutes to open his account for the evening. A foul in the box by Chompoo on Jagdeosingh was punished and the Trinidadian dusted himself down to convert the spot kick.

That was his first goal for his new club and within ten minutes he had his second following a splendid flick and twist around a flummoxed Ayutthaya defender.

The game was over as a contest shortly before the interval. A corner wasn't mopped up by Ayutthaya and Labi nodded in Pathomchai's cross to make it 3-0.

It was only a matter of time before Jagdeosingh completed his hat-trick and he did this in the 72nd minute. The match ball was his after he teed himself up to convert Santiphap's low cross.

In all honesty Trat could have won by a greater margin. If they keep playing like this they could be outsiders for promotion. A lot will depend on the form of Jagdeosingh. Ayutthaya just need to write this match off. They are still firmly in the promotion mix and getting Michael Byrne back on the pitch will boost their chances.

Match Highlights

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday 29 March Review


Chiang Rai Utd 1-1 Buriram Utd
PTT Rayong 2-2 Chonburi
Ratchaburi 3-0 Army Utd
TOT 2-0 Bangkok Utd
BEC Tero 1-1 Muangthong Utd

Ratchaburi moved clear at the top with a comfortable 3-0 win over Army United. Two first half penalties, one from Douglas and one from Heberty, gave the Dragons a two goal advantage. The contest was over by the hour as Assadin added a third.

The first TPL crowd with less than 1,000 spectators watched TOT beat Bangkok United 2-0. Goals in each half from Gong Young Sun ensured that TOT will finish the weekend in the top half of the table.

The remaining three matches ended all square and anybody exiting the stadium early would have missed some last ditch drama. Buriram thought they had won the points in Chiang Rai when Anawin gave them a 90th minute lead. However, three minutes later Chiang Rai salvaged a point via a scrappy goal. Kiatprawut appeared to get the last touch on the ball.

Jay Bothroyd is finally beginning to justify his inflated salary at Muangthong United as his 92nd minute header cancelled out Peerapat's low drive.

Chonburi maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign after they came from behind to draw 2-2 with PTT Rayong. Desmarets and Sanchez were on target to give the Rayong club a 2-0 lead at the interval. Chakrit pulled one back in the 71st minute and Anderson completed the comeback with a 94th minute header.

Division 1

Bangkok FC 4-1 TTM
BBCU 1-2 Phuket
Chiang Mai 4-2 Saraburi
Nakhon Pathom Utd 1-1 Siam Navy

There were two hat-tricks scored as the top half of Division 1 is now only separated by two points.
Bangkok FC are up to second after their 4-1 win over surprise promotion contenders TTM. Jae Min Lee gave the Iron Bulls the lead but they then had Ifran dismissed early in the second half. That sparked Valci Junior into life and the much travelled striker bagged a treble. He now is the division's top scorer with seven goals and he is closely followed by Mark Babo Landry. The Chiang Mai goal getter scored a first half hat-trick as Chiang Mai downed league leaders Saraburi 4-2.

Phuket and Siam Navy joined Saraburi, Bangkok and Korat on 11 points after their respective results yesterday. Wasan's 67th minute header was the winning goal for Phuket as the Islanders finished their match against BBCU with nine men. Chusana's strike ten minutes from time earned Siam Navy a point at Nakhon Pathom.

PTT Rayong 2-2 Chonburi

Chonburi scored deep into stoppage time to secure an unlikely point.

The Sharks started brightly but it was the hosts who took the lead in the
14th minute. The bounce from Yves Desmarets' shot deceived Sinthaweechai
and the ball bounced over the keeper's floundering dive into the net.

The goalscorer was involved in PTT's second goal as they doubled their lead
seven minutes before the break. Desmarets linked up with Sanchez and
the Spaniard's neat turn and shot nestled in the bottom corner of the

Chonburi made a double substitution at half time
but it made little impact as PTT Rayong were comfortably holding onto
their two goal advantage.

However, that changed 19 minutes from time when an unmarked Chakrit halved the deficit following a corner kick.

Another corner from the same spot sparked the play for Chonburi's 94th minute
equalizer. A short corner caught PTT static and Anderson used his head
to guide home a whipped in cross from the right.

The 2-2 draw preserved Chonburi's unbeaten start to the season. For long periods
it appeared unlikely that the Sharks would salvage anything from this
contest. PTT Rayong must be bitterly disappointed not to have won this
game considering they held a 2 goal advantage until the 70th minute. The
two goals conceded from corner kicks must have infuriated their

Friday, March 28, 2014

Matchday 6 Preview


Chiang Rai Utd v Buriram Utd
PTT Rayong v Chonburi
Ratchaburi v Army Utd
TOT v Bangkok Utd
BEC Tero v Muangthong Utd

Chainat v Singh Tarua
Samut Songkhram v Suphanburi
Bangkok Glass v Air Force
Songkhla Utd v Sisaket
Police v Osotspa Saraburi

The winner of the Ratchaburi v Army clash will leapfrog above Singh Tarua (albeit temporarily) to the top of the TPL. The fact that we are saying this after five matches shows how unpredictable and refreshing the TPL is this season. Ratchaburi proudly sit in second and remain undefeated despite a roster that has included away trips to Muangthong, Buriram, Chonburi and Suphanburi. That's very impressive stuff when you consider that they just avoided relegation to the first division by one point in 2013. Last season Ratchaburi failed to score a goal against Army and the Dragons will have to play close attention to Army's inform striker Tanakorn. The youngster has bagged five goals in his last three matches and is the joint top Thai goal scorer alongside Leesaw of Bangkok Glass.

After two games at home without a win, Muangthong will be pleased to be on the road again . In their two previous away matches this season, they've scored seven without conceding. BEC Tero have never beaten Muangthong in the TPL but they will be buoyed that the last three home fixtures against MTU have ended in 2-2 draws.

If the two aforementioned clashes end in draws, Chonburi will top the league on Saturday evening with a win at PTT Rayong. The Sharks are still undefeated while PTT have lost their last two after a promising start to the campaign.

The remaining two matches on Saturday are Chiang Rai Utd v Buriram and TOT v Bangkok Utd. The winner of the former match would most likely move into the top 6 while the top half would be the destination for the victor in the latter.

The early fixtures have been kind to Singh Tarua and on Sunday they'll make their first trip outside of the capital. Chainat welcome the Khong Toei Army and the home side will be hoping to turn their run of three successive draws into a victory.

It's been a pitiful start to the season for Samut Songkhram and they will play their home fixture with Suphanburi at the Army Stadium. They've lost four games on the trot and the objective now for them is to not get cut adrift at the bottom before they return to their regular home stadium.

Bangkok Glass will be strong favorites to dispose of Air Force while Police v Osotspa and Songkhla v Sisaket are tight games to call.

Division 1

Bangkok FC v TTM
BBCU v Phuket
Chiang Mai v Saraburi
Nakhon Pathom Utd v Siam Navy

Sriracha v Ang Thong
Khon Kaen v Roi Et Utd
Krabi v Pattaya Utd
Trat v Ayutthaya
Nakhon Ratchasima v Phitsanulok

The first division is also proving to be exciting with only one point separating the Top 6. None of them meet each other this weekend. Nakhon Ratchasima are the only one of the sextet to play at home. They face an undefeated Phitsanulok who are led by their former coach Reuther Moreira. Top placed Saraburi have a tough assignment at Chiang Mai but they'll be hoping that Chiang Mai's keeper keeps up his unimpressive run of form. Ang Thong and Ayutthaya travel to relegation threatened sides while TTM will be aiming for a repeat of last season's 2-0 win when they visit Bangkok FC. Siam Navy have won their last three matches 1-0 and they'll be satisfied if that sequence is extended to number four after Saturday evening's match at Nakhon Pathom.

In the mid-table. it's BBCU v Phuket while at the bottom there is a north-east derby between Khon Kaen and Roi Et. Pattaya will be out to build on their first victory of the season and a win over Krabi should elevate them out of the drop zone.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Toyota League Cup - Last 32 Draw

(29 April)
Ang Thong v Buriram
Siam Navy v Ratchaburi
Phuket v Police
Ranong v PTT Rayong
Ayutthaya v Osotspa Saraburi
Nakhon Ratchasima v Singh Tarua
Chiang Rai City v Muangthong Utd
TTM Customs v Samut Songkhram

(30 April)
Surat v Chiang Rai Utd
Sriracha v Pattaya Utd
Samut Sakorn v Bangkok Glass
Ubon v BEC Tero
BBCU v Suphanburi
Krabi v Air Force
Trang v Chainat
Bangkok FC v Chonburi

Matchday 5 Review


Army Utd 2-1 Songkhla Utd
Osotspa Saraburi 1-1 TOT
Sisaket 1-0 Police
Suphanburi 0-2 Chiang Rai Utd
Buriram Utd 2-0 PTT Rayong
Chonburi 3-2 Bangkok Glass
Muangthong 1-2 Ratchaburi
Singh Tarua 3-0 Samut Songkhram
Air Force 0-0 BEC Tero
Bangkok Utd 0-0 Chainat

Singh Tarua's 3-0 victory over Samut Songkhram propelled them to the top of the league. A Leandro penalty gave them the lead shortly before half time and Kroekrit and Sarawut added the first non-Leandro goals of the campaign in the second period.

Ratchaburi are into second place after they stunned Muangthong with two late goals. Mario's 42nd minute goal looked like it was going to be the match winner until a comical own goal and a superb effort from Puwadol turned the table in Ratchaburi's favour.

Another late comeback was seen at the Chonburi Stadium as the Sharks overturned a 2-1 deficit against Bangkok Glass. In the 90th minute, Chakrit curled a free kick into the top corner to level and Thiago's header in the 95th minute completed the turnaround.

Tanakorn's late winner for Army wasn't as dramatic but it was still a vital three points for the Boys in Green. Vincent gave Songkhla an early advantage but two goals from Tanakorn won it for Army. Army are now fourth in the table and Tanakron is the joint top Thai goal scorer in the TPL.

Elsewhere 2-0 wins for Buriram and Chiang Rai United moved them into the top half and Sisaket's 1-0 over Police saw them leap out of the relegation placings all the way into tenth position. Osotspa still can't buy a win at the Rajamangala Stadium as a late goal by TOT denied them three points, and there were stalemates between Air Force v BEC Tero and Bangkok United v Chainat.

Division 1

Pattaya Utd 2-0 TTM
Roi Et Utd 2-3 Bangkok FC
Saraburi 3-0 BBCU
Ang Thong 1-0 Krabi
Ayutthaya 2-0 Khon Kaen
Phuket 2-1 Sriracha
Siam Navy 1-0 Trat
Phitsanulok 2-1 Chiang Mai
Nakhon Ratchasima 0-0 Nakhon Pathom Utd

The top versus bottom clash went against the grain as Pattaya United defeated TTM 2-0. Pattaya moved off the foot of the table while TTM dropped to fifth.
The team now at the top of the pile are Saraburi. They staged a late rally to beat BBCU 3-0. Korat would have been pleased to have kept another clean sheet but at the same time their failure to beat Nakhon Pathom will be regarded as two points dropped. The Swatcats are in second and they are one place above Ayutthaya. The Ancient Warriors are slowly moving through the gears and goals from Berlin and Sanchez helped them beat Khon Kaen 2-0.
There are three other sides tied with Ayutthaya on ten points. 1-0 wins for Ang Thong and Siam Navy leave them firmly in the promotion picture and as mentioned earlier, TTM are the other side on ten points.
Phitsanulok ended their four match drawing sequence with a 2-1 home success over Chiang Mai. A late goalkeeping misjudgement from a corner by Narathip allowed Supakorn to knock home the winner.
In the remaining clashes, Bangkok FC won 3-2 at Roi Et United while Phuket defeated Sriracha 2-1.

Army United 2-1 Songkhla United

Tanakorn's second brace of the week helped Army United come from behind to beat Songkhla United 2-1.

In the fourth minute, the Fighting Bulls took the lead when a lobbed threw ball by Barakat wasn't dealt with by the Army defence. Vincent latched onto the end of it and knocked it over the keeper into the net.

The home side equalised four minutes before the interval. Mongkol's header from a corner was cleared by the defender at the back post but unfortunately for him, Tanakorn was on hand to tuck home the rebound.

The winning goal came two minutes into injury time. A ball into the six yard box pin balled off three Songkhla defender before Tanakorn delightfully smashed in the winner.

Overall it was an entertaining match with plenty of chances. Army certainly had the majority of them and they were rewarded for their perseverance at the end.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thai FA Cup Draw

The draw was made yesterday for Division 1 and the remaining regional league clubs.

Ayutthaya v Rangsit FC
Wang Man Subdistrict v Phuket
Yingcharoen v Muangkan Utd
Nakhon Ratchasima v Pattani
Chantaburi v Trat
Sa Kaeo v Mukdahan City
Trang v IPE Samut Sakhon
Globex v Sriracha
Pattaya Utd v Bangkok FC
Ratchapruek College v Samut Sakhon
Seeker v Luk Tapfah
Khon Kaen v Krabi
Chiang Mai v Chin Sport Association
Raj Pracha v Lampang
RBAC v Cadanza Pattaya
Maptaphut Marine v Thai Honda
Tha Chang Krung Gao v Ang Thong
Prachuap v Phitsanulok
BBCU v Prachinburi Utd
Nakhon Nayok v Rangsit Uni
Nakhon Pathom Utd v Wongchaowalitkul Uni
TTM Customs v Customs Utd
Pathum Thani Utd v Saraburi
Pluak Daeng Rayong Utd v Siam Navy

Ties to be played on the 2&9 April

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Matchday 5 Fixtures


Army Utd v Songkhla Utd
Osotspa Saraburi v TOT
Sisaket v Police
Suphanburi v Chiang Rai Utd
Buriram Utd v PTT Rayong
Chonburi v Bangkok Glass
Muangthong v Ratchaburi
Singh Tarua v Samut Songkhram
Air Force v BEC Tero
Bangkok Utd v Chainat

Some stats after four matches:
  • Muangthong, BEC Tero, Ratchaburi, Singh Tarua and Chonburi are all unbeaten
  • Samut Songkhram, Songkhla and Air Force have yet to taste victory
  • Muangthong are the highest goal scorers and they have the equal tightest defence. Songkhla hold the opposite record. 
  • Games involving Police have produced the most goals with 16 in total.  Osotspa has the least with only 7
  • Leandro Luz tops the goalscorers list and has scored every one of Singh Tarua's six goals.
  • The highest attendance to date is 22,834 for Buriram v Ratchaburi. The stadium with the biggest capacity produced the smallest with 1,334 turning up for Osotspa v Bangkok United.

Division 1

Pattaya Utd v TTM
Roi Et Utd v Bangkok FC
Saraburi v BBCU
Ang Thong v Krabi
Ayutthaya v Khon Kaen
Phuket v Sriracha
Siam Navy v Trat
Phitsanulok v Chiang Mai
Nakhon Ratchasima v Nakhon Pathom Utd

  • Six sides remain undefeated in Division 1. They are TTM, Nakhon Ratchasima, BBCU, Saraburi, Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok.
  • Phitsanulok have also failed to win a game after four successive draws. Other sides yet to gather maximum points are Khon Kaen, Sriracha and Pattaya. In fact the latter two have yet to collect a single point.
  • BBCU are the highest scores in the league with 9 and they also have the top scorer in Julius Oiboh.
  • BBCU games have produced a high of 15 goals while Phuket matches have only mustered 4.
  • Pattaya have the worst defensive record and they are the lowest scorers. Christiano Lopes has scored both of them.
  • 11,385 for Nakhon Ratchasima and Chiang Mai is the most spectators to watch a first division match while 450 at Sriracha v Ayutthaya is the least.
Please note that all fixtures will be played on Wednesday 26 March.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday 23 March Review


BEC Tero 1-1 Chonburi
Chainat 1-1 Osotspa Saraburi
Bangkok Utd 2-2 Singh Tarua
Bangkok Glass 3-0 Buriram Utd

It's been a disastrous fortnight for Buriram United. Four straight defeats in all competitions has seen them fall into the worst run in modern times. Yesterday's 3-0 defeat at Bangkok Glass was possibly the lowest point in some of their fans memories. A fine individual goal from Leesaw on the stroke of half time gave Glass the lead. The same man made it 2-0 after the hour mark although there was a strong hint of offside in the build up. In injury time, Suradet added a third as Bangkok Glass recorded their first ever win over Buriram United.

The other three matches ended in draws. Chonburi kept up their impressive unbeaten run over BEC Tero. The Sharks took a first half lead when Wanit sidefooted home Hashimoto's low cross. The Fire Dragons levelled in the 50th minute through Daiki Iwamasa's header. The game continued to flow from end to end with Thiago hitting the post and in injury time, Tero had a goal chalked off.

Chianat and Osotspa also shared a 1-1 draw. Aron da Silva was credited with Osotspa's opener but it took a massive deflection off a Chainat defender on route to goal. Nikola Nikezic headed Chianat's goal in the 57th minute before Sumanya blazed a penalty over the bar.

Leandro scored twice as Singh Tarua earned a decent point at Bangkok United. In between his goals, Wichaya scored from the spot and Paitoon netted from close range to delight the True Raiders.

Division 1

TTM Customs 2-0 Ang Thong
Nakhon Pathom Utd 1-1 Phitsanulok
BBCU 3-2 Pattaya Utd

TTM continue to be the first division's surprise package. Their 2-0 win over Ang Thong moved them to the top of the table. Jacques Nguemaleu and Lassana Sidibe were the men on target for the Tobacco Monopoly.
Julius Oiboh struck right at the death to earn BBCU a 3-2 win over Pattaya. The Pink Panthers had earlier thrown away a two goal advantage before the former Air Force man spared their blushes. 
Phitsanulok have now played four and drawn four. Diego headed them ahead before Leslie Ablorh's header made it 1-1.

Bangkok United 2-2 Singh Tarua

The spoils were shared between Bangkok United and Singh Tarua. Both sides had a man sent off as the tie swung from end-to-end.

The home side almost took an early lead but the woodwork denied Kalifa Cisse's towering header.

After a shaky opening, Singh Tarua eased themselves into the game. The first goal of the evening came after a quarter of an hour when Leandro's looping free kick sailed over Pisan into the Bangkok United goal.

Tarua held their advantage until the stroke of half time. A handball from Watchara was penalised and Wichaya sent Chanin the wrong way to level.

Within four minutes of the restart, the Tarua keeper was picking the ball out of the back of his net again. Chanin fumbled a shot directly into the path of the prowling Paitoon and he gleefully tapped in the host's second.

Kroekrit hit the bar minutes later as Tarua pressed for a leveler. In the 57th minute, they were given a man advantage when Korawit received a second yellow card for an unnecessary rugby tackle.

In the 63rd minute, Singh Tarua were back on level terms when Leandro nodded in Lee Sang Ho's cross.

Tarua were looking the more likely to find a winner but that changed seven minutes from time when Warut was given a second yellow for pulling back an opponent.

Both sides seemed content to play out the remaining minutes for a point and on reflection it was a fair outcome. Leandro has scored all six of Singh Tarua's goals this season so there are no prizes for guessing who their key player is. Bangkok United's goal difference sees them just above the relegation zone. The have a strong squad and with the players they have available they should avoid relegation.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Saturday 22 March Review


Police 1-3 Army
PTT Rayong 0-1 Suphanburi
Chiang Rai Utd 4-2 Samut Songkhram
Ratchaburi 2-0 Air Force
Songkhla 0-4 Muangthong
TOT 3-1 Sisaket

Muangthong put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the pack with a comfortable 4-0 win at Songkhla. It took the leaders only 3 minutes to take the lead when Todsapol headed home following a set piece. In the second half, Datsakorn scored a rare header to make it 2-0 before Milan Bubalo netted his first goal for the club. Teerasil compounded a miserable day for the majority of the 12,700 in attendance as he made it 4-0 in injury time.

Chiang Rai moved off the bottom with a 4-2 win over Samut Songkhram. A Ryan Marques penalty, and goals from Phichitpong, Leandro and Peerapong moved the Fighting Beetles out of the relegation zone. Samut Songkhram replace Chiang Rai in 20th spot.

Another side in danger are Air Force. They lost 2-0 at Ratchaburi yesterday. Goals from Heberty and Douglas shortly before the interval prolonged Ratchaburi's unbeaten start to the campaign. The Dragons are now perched in a lofty second position.

Army United submitted their best performance to date with a 3-1 triumph at Police. Tanakorn's cool dink over the keeper in the 10th minute gave them the lead, and the same man lost his marker to double the advantage two minutes after the restart. Noto finished of a breakaway to secure the 3 points in the 83rd minute. Surachart's header at the death was a mere consolation for Police.

In the late game, TOT beat Sisaket 3-1 to move into mid-table. An Apinan header gave them a 23rd minute lead and midway through the second half Prakit made it 2-0. Noppol found the back of the net directly from a corner kick to kill the contest although there was to be no clean sheet as Pichit scored for Sisaket in the 96th minute.

After a poor start, Suphanburi are finally moving in the right direction. Their second win in a row came at PTT Rayong. Bireme Diouf's strike just short of the hour was enough to win it 1-0 for Suphanburi.

Division 1

Sriracha 0-2 Ayutthaya
Bangkok FC 0-0 Saraburi
Chiang Mai 0-0 Roi Et Utd
Khon Kaen 0-1 Siam Navy
Krabi 0-0 Phuket
Trat 0-1 Nakhon Ratchasima

It was a low scoring day with only four goals scored in six matches. The highest scoring match of the day was between Sriracha and Ayutthaya. A goalkeeping fumble presented Berlin with a tap in to open the scoring in the 55th minute and 14 minutes later the points were sealed when Piyachart knocked in a rebound.
Korat's third 1-0 win of the season moved them to the summit of the league. Ivan Boskovic was the Swatcats' goal scorer while Surasak's late goal won it for Siam Navy at Khon Kaen.
The other matches ended in stalemates.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Matchday 4 Preview


Police v Army
PTT Rayong v Suphanburi
Chiang Rai Utd v Samut Songkhram
Ratchaburi v Air Force
Songkhla v Muangthong
TOT v Sisaket

BEC Tero v Chonburi
Chainat v Osotspa Saraburi
Bangkok Utd v Singh Tarua
Bangkok Glass v Buriram Utd

The two sides propping up the table meet at the United Stadium. It's slightly surprising to see both Chiang Rai United and Samut Songkhram in the bottom 2 considering they both strengthened well during the New Year period. Chiang Rai's solitary point came away at PTT Rayong while Samut Songkhram grabbed theirs on the first weekend at home to BEC Tero. The fact that their only point was picked up on home turf is slightly concerning as they won't be playing any fixtures at their notorious Samut Songkhram stadium anytime in the near future. In six previous TPL match-ups, Chiang Rai have never lost to Samut Songkhram and in that time they've only conceded one goal to the Raging Mackerels.

The Songkhla v Muangthong fixture can boast the highest ever TPL attendance with 30,000+ cramming into the Tinsulanon back in 2012. On that day Muangthong won 4-1 and since then they've won every meeting with the side formerly known as Wuachon.

Singh Tarua fans would have bitten your hand off if you'd have offered them third place after three matches and on Sunday they'll return to one of their former stomping grounds. The Thai Japanese Stadium once played host to PAT home fixtures but that was back in the day when there were more dogs in the stadium than paying spectators. Leandro has scored all of Tarua's goals this season and he's the man Bangkok United need to stop.

Three defeats in a week have brought Buriram back to Earth with a bang. The loss of Osmar Ibanez is all too apparent at both ends of the field. Bangkok Glass have never beaten Buriram since they evolved from PEA into their current form and this will be seen as BG's best chance to end that unwanted sequence.

PTT Rayong and Suphanburi have encountered each other several times in the first division but this will be their first ever meeting in the top flight. The same can be said for Ratchaburi and Air Force and on current form this must be a home banker. 

Sisaket can be relatively pleased with their start and they appear more likely to beat the drop than their hosts TOT. The Laksi side have only netted once this term and that was late on at Army last week. Army travel to Police this Saturday and it's fair to say that Police have recovered well after their opening day trouncing at Chonburi. Since the first day, Chonburi have drawn twice and they meet one of their favorite foes this weekend. In the last 11 meetings with BEC Tero, Chonburi have won ten and drawn one. Their last defeat to the Fire Dragons came back in 2008. 

Osotspa's stay at their temporary Rajamangala home has been unproductive so they'll be glad to be on the road again. They make the 90 minute journey up to Chainat.

Division 1

Sriracha v Ayutthaya
Bangkok FC v Saraburi
Chiang Mai v Roi Et Utd
Khon Kaen v Siam Navy
Krabi v Phuket
Trat v Nakhon Ratchasima

TTM Customs v Ang Thong
Nakhon Pathom Utd v Phitsanulok
BBCU v Pattaya Utd

Two of the joint leaders clash on Sunday. Top ranked Ang Thong travel to Lat Krabang to take on fourth placed TTM. Both sides have seven points and I think it’s fair to say that their presence in the top 4 is rather unexpected.
The two sides sandwiched in between Ang Thong and TTM are Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. Saraburi have their most difficult task of the season to date when they visit Bangkok FC while Korat would be slightly disappointed if they don't collect anything from their trip to Trat.
At the other end, the hapless Chonburi duo will start as second favorites in their weekend matches. Pattaya will have to beware of the league’s highest scorer, Julius Oiboh, when they visit BBCU. The youth of Sriracha have a tough task trying to contain the vastly experienced Ayutthaya.
In the south, it’s the first derby of the season between Krabi and Phuket while in the north Chiang Mai host Roi Et and Khon Kaen entertain Siam Navy. Phitsanulok have played three and drawn three thus far. Making that number 4 four wouldn’t be seen as too bad an outcome at Nakhon Pathom.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday 16 March Review


Osotspa 1-2 Bangkok Utd
Samut Songkhram 0-1 PTT Rayong
Singh Tarua 2-1 Chiang Rai Utd
Air Force 1-1 Songkhla Utd

Singh Tarua jumped up to third in the table after they beat Chiang Rai United 2-1. Leandro Assumpcao gave CRU the lead but two goals from Leandro Luz swung the tie in the Khlong Toei side's favor.

The Rajamangala has been an unlucky venue for Osotspa. They lost 1-0 to Singh Tarua last weekend and yesterday Bangkok United claimed their first points with a 2-1 victory over Osotspa.

PTT Rayong got their first win with a 1-0 at Samut Songkhram while Air Force and Songkhla are still searching for their first three points after a 1-1 draw at the Thupathemi yesterday.

Division 1

Saraburi 2-2 Khon Kaen
Phitsanulok 2-2 BBCU
Siam Navy 1-0 Sriracha
Trat 1-0 Nakhon Pathom Utd
Nakhon Ratchasima 2-2 Chiang Rai Utd
Phuket 0-0 TTM

Saraburi spurned the chance to return to the top of the table when they threw away a 2-0 lead at home to Khon Kaen. Nitipong's double had Saraburi in cruise control but late goals via Recio and Li Xiang saw Khon Kaen come back to claim an unexpected point.

It was also 2-2 between fellow promotion contenders Nakhon Ratchasima and Chiang Mai. Korat managed to fight back for a point despite being a man down.

Phitsanulok came back twice to earn a 2-2 against BBCU while Trat and Siam Navy earned 1-0 wins.

Phuket and TTM could not be separated in their 0-0 draw.

* I had typed up a review with a lot more detail but it never saved for some reason. I've got no energy to retype it.

Singh Tarua 2-1 Chiang Rai United

Leandro Luz was yet again the match winner as his double strike helped Tarua come from behind to beat Chiang Rai United.

It was however Chiang Rai's very own Leandro who netted the first goal of the evening. He latched onto a delicious pass from Uilian Souza to slot past Chanin just after the half hour mark.

At this point Chiang Rai were controlling the midfield and Ryan Marques should have added to the lead moments later but the big man blasted a chance into the car park behind Zone B.

As many were heading for half time refreshments, Leandro levelled. His low left foot shot crept into the bottom corner of the net.

The winning goal came 14 minutes from time when Leandro nodded home a long cross from Saruta.

Chiang Rai were reduced to ten in injury time when Peerapong was shown a second yellow.

The win moved Singh Tarua up to third and it extended their unbeaten run at home to 15 matches. Chiang Rai United only have one point from three matches and now sit at the foot of the table. Next up for them is a winnable home encounter with the side just above them, Samut Songkhram.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday 15 March Review


BEC Tero 3-2 Buriram Utd
Chainat 1-1 Sisaket
Suphanburi 2-0 Bangkok Glass
Chonburi 3-3 Ratchaburi
Muangthong Utd 1-1 Police
Army 1-1 TOT

Buriram ended a disappointing week with a 3-2 loss at BEC Tero. It appeared that Buriram were going to end the week on a high when Jay Simpson's penalty gave them the lead midway through the first half. However, goals from Iwamasa and Koomson shortly before the break swung the tie in the favour of the Fire dragons. Altobelli equalized in the 52th minute but a long range strike from Peerapat won the points for Tero.

The highest scoring game of the day came at Chonburi. The much improved Ratchaburi were 3-1 up at Chonburi with 11 minutes remaining. The had found a chink in the Chonburi armour as all three of their goals came from crosses from the right. Chonburi did fight back for a point with Wanit being the unlikely savior of the day.

Muangthong still top the table but they'll have been perturbed with a 1-1 draw at home to Police. They couldn't capitalize on an early Durovski penalty and they were punished midway through the second half when Surachat's glanced header earned Police a point.

It also ended 1-1 at Army United. Tanakorn pounced on a defensive mix up in the 71st minute to give Army the lead but a Kawamura header seven minutes later ensured the spoils were shared.

The 1-1 theme continued at Chainat v Sisaket. Joe 5 yards gave Sisaket the lead but Nikezic soon cancelled that out. 

And finally we have lift off in Suphanburi. After a lot of pre-season hype, the War Elephants finally claimed their first points of the season. Two quickfire goals from Bireme Diuof around the hour mark were met with massive relief around the stadium. Two yellows for Puritat helped Suphanburi wind down the clock as Glass played the last 28 minutes with ten men.

Division 1

Roi Et Utd 1-2 Krabi
Ang Thong 4-0 Pattaya Utd
Bangkok FC 3-2 Ayutthaya

Pitiful Pattaya remain bottom after a 4-0 drubbing at Ang Thong. The newly promoted side's four goals came from foreigners. Nobu got the first before Obatola and Gaston twice completed the rout. The table this morning has Ang Thong on top and Pattaya at the bottom.
Krabi finally got their season up and running with a 2-1 success at Roi Et. It was a Roi Et old boy who was the match winner with a 91st minute winner. Erivaldo's first goal for his new side was met with a muted celebration.
The man who Erivaldo replaced at Krabi got a double for his latest club yesterday. The much travelled Valci Junior bagged two goals to help Bangkok FC come from behind to beat Ayutthaya 3-2.

Army United 1-1 TOT

A Takahiro Kawamura header helped TOT fightback to earn a point at Army United.

The first 70 minutes of this game were devoid of any reportable action.

A double mistake in the 71st minute eventually brought the game to life. Suriya's short back pass left Weera in trouble and the keeper's week attempt to clear was pounced on by Tanakorn who then rolled the ball into a vacant net.

Bas Savage had been given a roving roll for TOT and in the 78th minute a cross from the right flank from the Englishman was clinically headed home by Kawamura to make it 1-1.

On this evidence it's going to be a long season for both clubs. Army were ragged and they lack creativity in the final third. They need to get Jerkovic back fit and firing in goals. TOT are well organized defensively but again they have nothing upfront. I can't see them scoring many goals this season.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Matchday 3 Preview


BEC Tero v Buriram Utd
Chainat v Sisaket
Suphanburi v Bangkok Glass
Chonburi v Ratchaburi
Muangthong Utd v Police
Army v TOT

Osotspa v Bangkok Utd
Samut Songkhram v PTT Rayong
Singh Tarua v Chiang Rai Utd
Air Force v Songkhla Utd

It's been a contrasting start to the season for Suphanburi and Bangkok Glass. After two played, both sides have 100% records of a differing nature. BG have won their opening fixtures without conceding a goal while Suphanburi have shipped six goals and are currently ranked 20th on the table. I suspect Suphanburi will eventually prevail from this dreadful start but they might have to wait until after Matchday 3.

The other TPL side with "nil pois" is Bangkok United. They'll have been disappointed to have lost at home to Sisaket last weekend as will their opponents Osotspa who lost 1-0 to Singh Tarua. The game will be hosted at the Rajamangala yet again while Osotspa upgrade their Saraburi home.

Also switching venues on Sunday are Samut Songkhram. Their match against PTT Rayong will take place at the Ratchaburi Provincial Stadium.

Five out of the six previous meetings between Singh Tarua and Chiang Rai Utd have ended in draws so marking an "x" on your coupon for this one wouldn't be a bad idea. After a 5-1 humiliation at Police last weekend, Air Force need to bounce back with a home win over Songkhla.

There are six matches on Saturday after Suphanburi and Bangkok Glass was brought forward 24 hours. Buriram were supposed to host BEC Tero but this has been switched to Minburi. I can only assume that this has been done to allow Buriram quicker access to Suvarnabhumi Airport before they fly out to Japan for their Tuesday evening match with Cerezo Osaka.

Muangthong top the league courtesy of goal difference over Bangkok Glass. Their first two results over Chainat and TOT have been pleasing but their performances still remain unconvincing. Mario and Teerasil continue to be MTU's top players as new signings are failing to make any impact at this moment in time.

Chonburi host an improving Ratchaburi while Chainat will be aiming for their second home win of the week when Sisaket come to the Khao Plong. Last Sunday, ten man Chainat beat Army 2-0 much to the frustration of the Army supporters. Failure to collect three points at home to TOT will not go down well with the Boys in Green. They will though be encouraged that Army have won the last five meetings between the pair.

Division 1

Roi Et Utd v Krabi
Ang Thong v Pattaya Utd
Ayutthaya v Bangkok FC

Saraburi v Khon Kaen
Phitsanulok v BBCU
Siam Navy v Sriracha
Trat v Nakhon Pathom Utd
Nakhon Ratchasima v Chiang Rai Utd
Phuket v TTM

There are three teams in division 1 that have amassed a maximum of six points. They are Saraburi, TTM and Nakhon Ratchasima. Saraburi's goal average sees them top the pile and they'll be expected to make it three straight wins after the visit of Khon Kaen. Korat have won both their games 1-0 and they welcome Chiang Mai who only conceded their first goal of the season in injury time last weekend. Statistics indicate this will be a low scoring affair!! TTM were not considered promotion candidates before the season kicked off, but a win on Sunday in Phuket would certainly throw them into the reckoning.

Four teams are pointless. Krabi, Trat and the Chonburi siblings, Pattaya and Sriracha, have yet to get off the mark. The shuffling between Pattaya and Sriracha during the close season angered both sets of fans and if early season form continues, I expect there will be more amendments before the season is out. Pattaya have a tough trip to Ang Thong while Sriracha make the shortish trip down the coast to Siam Navy. Krabi and Trat finished mid-table last season and after their first two matches, this appears to be the best they'll achieve in 2014. Krabi make the long journey up to Roi Et hoping to break their duck while the visit of Nakhon Pathom is awaiting Trat.

The other games are Ayutthaya v Bangkok and Phitsanulok v BBCU. The latter contest will be played in Phichit.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Buriram United 1-2 Pohang Steelers

Buriram United's plan of making it to Asia's top 5 took a body blow as they were beaten 2-1 by Pohang Steelers.

Two goals from the Koreans midway through the first half knocked the stuffing out of the Thai champions. First up, Kim Tae Su's deflected shot found its way into the bottom corner, and then Kim Seung Dae beat Siwaruck with a precise lob.

Buriram were easily second best in the first period, but they shuffled their formation after the interval and caused Pohang a few problems.

In the 70th minute, substitute Adisak headed one back to set up a rousing finale for the vast majority of the 10,610 in attendance. After that, Pohang basically left nine men back in defence to hold on to their lead. The did that efficiently enough to claim their first win in Group E.

In the other group match, Shandong Luneng caused a surprise winning 3-1 at Cerezo Osaka. Next up for Buriram is a double header with Cerezo Osaka. The Thai side possibly need four points from this to have any realistic chances of qualifying.

4 Shandong Luneng
4 Pohang Steelers
1 Buriram United
1 Cerezo Osaka

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Nakhon Nayok 1-1 Pathum Thani United

Both sides scored headed goals and had a man ordered off as it finished 1-1 between Nakon Nayok and Pathum Thani United.
Before the match, the hosts were top of the Central East while the guests were at the opposite end of the spectrum. For long periods, it was hard to distinguish which side was which.
Nakhon Nayok were denied twice by the woodwork in the first half. Pathum Thani had a couple of chances too but they couldn't hit the target. 
In the 63rd minute, some fisticuffs between Chaiwat and Tawatchai had them dismissed. Within five minutes, the league leaders took the lead when a free kick was headed back across goal by Bamba to an unmarked Kone Adama.
Pathum Thani refused to give up an they equalized seven minutes from time. Instead of clearing the ball, Coulibaly Abdoul tried an acrobatic overhead clearance. His attempt only set up Winai to cross to Panwat who nodded in at the back post. 
1-1 was a fair result.

Saturday 8 March Review


PTT Rayong 2-2 Chiang Rai Utd
TOT 0-3 Muangthong
Buriram Utd 0-0 Ratchaburi
Songkhla Utd 1-1 Chonburi
Bangkok Utd 1-2 Sisaket

Muangthong beat 9 man TOT 3-0 to establish themselves as the early TPL pace setters. It was a gritty first half but Muangthong eventually got their noses in front two minutes after the interval when a long ball from Datsakorn saw Teerasil outpace Patiparn to open the scoring. In five crazy minutes midway through the second half, TOT had two players dismissed for receiving second yellow cards. First to go was Apinan and he was closely followed by Patiparn. Surprisingly, TOT actually had more chances with 9 men but they were killed off late on with goals from Teerasil and Mario. 

Buriram chose not to rest any players ahead of Tuesday's big AFC match against Pohang Steelers. They couldn't penetrate a stubborn Ratchaburi side who possibly would have felt aggrieved at having a first half goal ruled out for offside. 

Pipob scored another header to set Chonburi on their way at Songkhla but the Sharks were pegged back when Pornthep's low shot from twelve yards found the bottom corner of the net. 

The quickest goal of the day came after 90 seconds in Rayong when Nattapon followed in after the ball had rebounded off the bar to him. The snarling Phichitpong scored twice before the hour to turn the tables but Pratan finished off a scramble to make it 2-2.

Tatree's deft flick off the outside of his right boot gave Sisaket an early lead in Din Daeng. That was it until the game burst into life in the last ten minutes. Thritti's second yellow card in the 83rd minute didn't deter the hosts as Antun Palic's curler appeared to have earned Bangkok United a point in the 87th minute. However while Bangkok United were still celebrating, Akkaphan headed home to regain Sisaket's lead. Any hopes of another comeback were dashed when Wittaya was ordered off in injury time.

Division 1

Ang Thong 2-1 Phuket
Pattaya Utd 0-3 Ayutthaya
Chiang Mai 1-1 Nakhon Pathom Utd
Krabi 1-2 Saraburi

Any notion of a swift return to the TPL for Pattaya seems unlikely after their 3-0 home loss to Ayutthaya. The Dolphins have yet to find the net and have no points after two attempts. A couple of goals either side of the break killed them off yesterday. Michael Byrne set Ayutthaya on their way confidently converting a penalty kick before providing Anzite with a header to make it 2-0. Premvut got the third to cap a fine afternoon for Ayutthaya.

Ang Thong came from behind to beat Phuket 2-1. Christian Alex gave the Islanders the lead in the 63rd minute but that was cancelled out when Peeratat finished off a game of head tennis. Adisak in the Phuket goal wouldn't have been too popular with his teammates as his howler allowed Monthon to score the decisive goal with 12 minutes remaining.

Goals from Peerawis and Suriyakan strengthened Saraburi's position at the top. Their 2-1 win in Krabi moved them onto six points while Krabi remain pointless.

An injury time strike grabbed a point for Nakhon Pathom in Chiang Mai. Mark Landry Babo gave the Lanna side a first half lead. The hosts couldn't finish off the job and Pierre Tchangou pounced in injury time to level.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sunday March 9 Review


Chianat 2-0 Army Utd
Osotspa Saraburi 0-1 Singh Tarua
Bangkok Glass 1-0 Samut Songkhram
BEC Tero 4-2 Suphanburi 
Police 5-1 Air Force

Leandro's diving header won it for Singh Tarua at the Rajamangala while Chainat beat Army despite playing the majority of the game with only ten men. Surachet was dismissed for a stamp before late goals from Perovic and Jo Tae Keun won it for the Hornbills.

In the 7pm starts, Bangkok Glass needed only one goal to beat Samut Songkhram. Jetsadakorn's first goal for the club was enough to move the Glass Rabbits into second spot. Two former Army lads, Lindemann and Jung Myuong Oh, found the net for their new club Suphanburi but they were hit by a four goal blitz from the Fire Dragons. Suphanburi now prop up the TPL table. 

It hasn't been a great start for Air Force since promotion to the TPL. A 0-0 opener against TOT hardly inspired confidence and yesterday they were pounded 5-1 by Police. The Thammasart side erased last week's 4-0 drubbing at Chonburi and evened out their goal difference.

Division 1

TTM Customs 1-0 Siam Navy
Bangkok FC 1-1 Phitsanulok
BBCU 3-1 Trat
Khon Kaen 0-1 Nakhon Ratchasima
Sriracha 2-3 Roi Et Utd

TTM and Nakhon Ratcasima maintained their 100% records with 1-0 wins. Jacques Bertin Nguemaleu was TTM's scorer while Ivan Boskovic won the north east derby for Korat.

A double from Julius Oiboh in BBCU's 3-1 win over Trat took him to the top of the Div 1 goal scoring chart. Roi Et Utd needed an injury time strike from Teerapong to overcome Sriracha while the spoils were shared between Bangkok FC and Phitsanulok.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Matchday 2 Preview


PTT Rayong v Chiang Rai Utd
TOT v Muangthong
Buriram Utd v Ratchaburi
Songkhla Utd v Chonburi
Bangkok Utd v Sisaket

Chianat v Army Utd
Osotspa Saraburi v Singh Tarua
Bangkok Glass v Samut Songkhram
BEC Tero v Suphanburi 
Police v Air Force

The transfer window has closed and a few late additions to the TPL could make their debuts this weekend. The Singh Tarua fans that I’ve spoken to are particularly excited about the arrival of new boy Thierry Fidjeu. They’ll be hoping to see the Equatoguinean striker at some point on Sunday when they visit the Rajamangala Stadium. The Osotspa v Tarua game takes place at the national stadium due to the current upgrading of the floodlights at the Saraburi Provincial stadium.

Army United fans were pretty pleased when their club failed to iron out terms with Rohan Ricketts. The former Tottenham Hotspur man didn’t impress in pre-season friendlies and has since signed on at PTT Rayong. The Boys in Green made three late additions to their 2014 squad with Juji Funayama, Zdenko Kapralik and Raphael Botti joining. It’ll be interesting to see which foreigners Matt Elliott will select for the Chainat match on Sunday.

After bowing out of AFC qualification, Muangthong added 6ft 4in Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu while Chonburi acquired the service of the much travelled front man Jaime Braganca.

Cleiton Silva’s departure left BEC Tero in a quandary and consequently the Fire Dragons purchased three strikers with international experience to fill the gap vacated by their marksman. The smallest of the trio is 6ft Nigerian born Sudanese striker Collins Kelechi Osunwa. He was twice capped by Nigeria a decade ago while 6ft 3in Ariza Makukula earned double that total of caps for Portugal back in the 2007-08 season. The most capped and tallest of the trio is 6ft 4in Georgie Welcome. The beanpole striker played at the 2010 World Cup finals for Honduras and he can currently boast a total of 31 appearances for his country. He has also played for Monaco which is a far cry from the life he’ll experience in the backwoods of Minburi. Tero will be hoping to net their first TPL goal of the season when Suphanburi come to 72 Anniversary Stadium on Sunday.

Many of the facts above come from Wikipedia so there is a good chance that the information I've supplied you with is complete bollocks. 

Again, please note the new kick-off times. The spread of the starts allows more viewing for the armchair spectators amongst us.

Division 1

Ang Thong v Phuket
Pattaya Utd v Ayutthaya
Chiang Mai v Nakhon Pathom Utd
Krabi v Saraburi

TTM Customs v Siam Navy
Sriracha v Roi Et Utd 
Bangkok FC v Phitsanulok
BBCU v Trat
Khon Kaen v Nakhon Ratchasima

For those of you craving early statistics, it’s top travelling to bottom with Krabi hosting Saraburi on Saturday. A handsome victory would see the Andaman Eagles turn the tables and move above Saraburi in the league standings. 
Chiang Mai will want to erase last week’s cup humiliation at Chiang Rai City when they host Nakhon Pathom United. Both sides won their opening fixtures as did Phuket who will be Ang Thong’s first guests at their new first division home. Pattaya City’s first home match since relegation has them welcoming Ayutthaya.

The Sunday games have three sides making their first public appearances at new venues. The TTM rolling bandwagon has planted itself at Lat Krabang 54 for the forthcoming future. The Tobacco Monopoly has joined up with Customs FC and I don’t expect any more than a few dozen spectators will follow them. The same could be said for Sriracha (Chonburi youth squad) who will play at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi. BBCU have moved to Rama 9 Commemoration Stadium in Nonthaburi. They’ll be cheered on yet again by their pink clad choreographed dancers but it’s unlikely their crowds will breach four figures unless a large travelling away support is in town.
Whilst on the subject of large travelling away supports, Nakhon Ratchasima are expected to take 3,000 supporters for their trip to neighboring province Khon Kaen while former Swatcat coach, Reuther Moreira, takes his new side Phitsanulok to his previous side Bangkok FC. I’m sure the Brazilian will receive a warm welcome in Bang Mot.