Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The Thai run in

With four games to play in the Thai Premier League things couldn't be tighter in an epic title race between newly promoted Muang Thong United and Chonburi.

1 - Muang Thong 26 16 7 3 41-18 55
2 - Chonburi 26 16 6 4 44-26 54

Just one point between them and they go head to head at the Thunderdome this weekend. Defeat will n0t mean it's game over for Chonburi but with points on the board and home advantage in the run in it would seem that the advantage is with Muang Thong.

But they haven't won yet. Chonburi, who are likely to be cheered on by something like 3-5,000 fans, aren't heading to the smoke to roll over and die for the presumed champions elect. The Sharks have been there and done that and they will be desperate to remind the Thai footballing public that it is they who have the recent pedigree and it is they who still fly the Thai flag in the AFC Cup.

Chonburi are the TPL's leading scorers, an honour they share with 4th placed BEC Tero while Muang Thong United have the meanest defence by far. And who can forget earlier in the season when Chonburi were turned over 5-2 by a rampant United side breathing fire in the eastern seaboard downpour.

Though the game is not until Sunday tickets will be on sale in advance with some people expecting a crowd approaching 20,000. Indeed concerns were so high about the Thunderdome's ability to host such a high profile fixture that there were suggestions the game be moved to Supachalasai Stadium with it's 35,000 capacity.

For more information about this important game from both camps, in English, check out the Muang Thong United blog and this Chonburi website.

It just so happens I will be in Bangkok this weekend so watch out for some great exclusives before and after the game. If I remember to take the lens cap off or press record or it don't rain! Or I decide I can't be bothered and pop along to see my local team instead!

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