The TPL Season makes stuttering restart

By Paul Hewitt | Nov 18, 2011

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All matches start at 6pm unless stated otherwise.

The Thai Premier League sort of makes its return this week with four fixtures in the top division and three in Division 1. That means just twenty fixtures have been played since October 1, partly because matches fell victim to the floods, but also because the FAT decided to clear whole weekends of fixtures to allow the national team and the U23s extra time for their World Cup Qualifying and SEA Games campaigns (read about those here). The result is a huge fixture backlog which must be cleared by early January when the season has to end. The TPL returns in earnest next week with the only match involving a Bangkok side this weekend taking place on Sunday when Bangkok Glass host Pattaya.

The Glass Rabbits will play in exile at Muangthong’s Yamaha Stadium as the area around the Leo Stadium in Pathum Thani has been so severely affected by the flooding. If they manage to beat Pattaya then they could move to within two points of third-place Chonburi but only if the Sharks lose their match at Samut Songkhram, which is also on Sunday. The final Sunday match is in Buriram where PEA can take a big stride towards the title if they can beat TTM Phichit. On Saturday, Khon Kaen entertain Osotspa-Saraburi. The T-Rex currently prop up the table but they will climb all the way out of the relegation zone if they can beat mid-table ‘M-Loy’.

In Division 1, RBAC are at home to Buriram F.C on Saturday (3:30pm). The hosts seemed doomed to relegation a couple of months ago but a win on Saturday will see them move out of the relegation zone. It’ll be no easy task though against a Buriram side which is bound for the TPL in 2012. It’s Thai Honda who are now bottom of the pile and they desperately need three points at Chantaburi on Sunday (3:30pm). Elsewhere, Suphanburi host Saraburi at 6pm on Sunday in a mid-table tussle.

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