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.

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