Thursday, September 24, 2009


Weekend preview

Things have been quiet of late what with Ramadhan and the Eid festival but that's all coming to an end and how.

We'll start off with the SLeague in Singapore. Despite all the doom and gloom merchants who come crawling out of (Sentosa artificial) rocks every time some bad news is percieved to hit the game there things ain't so bad in Lion City.

(Why is it whenever people start whining it's never long before someone comes up with either the Malaysia Cup or Fandi Ahmad?)

SAF are just a handful of points shy of a 4th consecutive title, the race is on for 2nd place and Geylang United have a chance to roll back the years in the Singapore Cup.

But it's the SLeague that dominates this weekend with Woodlands Wellington, that infuriating club from up north, taking on Home United at Jalan Besar.

The Rams have scored just one goal in their last nine games, a run that was preceded by three consecutive victories.

United on the other hand surprisingly slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Young Lions a few days back and that was their first defeat since Super Reds beat them at the end of July. Subsequent wins against DPMM, SAF, Tampines and Albirex Niigata among others had seen them climb the table but now they must recover against Woodlands who have their own hex over the big teams.

Sunday sees the Singaporean Under 23s take on their Cambodian counterparts in Phnom Penh in a friendly that will be screened live on Singaporean TV*.

North of the Causeway the Malaysia Cup kicks off with 20 teams competing for South East Asia's oldest cup competition. The 13 state teams are joined by Kuala Lumpur, the Army (ATM), the Police (PDRM) plus four nominally private teams. Johor, KL Plus, My Team and Kuala Muda.

Kedah have won this for the last two seasons but this year Selangor will be aiming for their own historic quartet of trophies. Kelantan who promised so much last season saw coach Peter Butler quit just last week so have to get to grips with their new coach.

Holders Kedah host ATM while favourites and MSL Champions Selangor travel to Sabah. Kelantan are away to Penang while Perlis head south to Melaka.

In Thailand Bryan Robson has been appointed coach of the Thai national team and has even promised to take in a few games before he takes on Singapore in the crucial Asian Cup qualifier in Novermber.

Saturday sees TPL challengers Chonburi take to the road as they travel to Nakorn Pathom while last year's champions PEA travel to the Gulf of Thailand to take on TTM Samut Sakorn.

Bangkok Glass fancy they have an outside chance but they face a tricky game at PAT Stadium against Thai Port. With five games left and sitting just five points behind the leaders Muang Thong United the Glass Rabbit will consider they are still in with a shout.

Leaders Muang Thong United are just a point clear of second placed Chonburi and on Sunday they host mid table Samut Songkram. When you consider the visitors have managed a pissy 16 goals all season, the lowest in the TPL, MTU gotta fancy their chances.

Indeed looking at the run in you gotta fancy the newly promoted boys who play four of their remaining five games at home. Including one against Chonburi next weekend.

Also in Thailand the FA Cup draw takes place tomorrow and features TPL sides Osotsapa, Bangkok Glass, TTM Samut Sakorn, BEC Tero, Bangkok United, Thai Port as well as Nakorn Ratchasima and Surat Thani.

TTM Samut Sakorn also appear of course in the Singapore Cup semi finals.

Turning to Indonesia. Everyone went home for the holiday so not a thing has happened for about a week.

* Sorry but this is not true...

S'pore fans will forget abt what they wrote or say once we beat Thai in the double header in ACQ & then all will be out (again) saying they were behind S'pore :P

Things r nt as bad, indeed

For in the worst recession since independence, S-league mgt managed to secure record sponsorship fr the league & next year SAFFC will once again reached ACL
think you re right there happy

definite herd mentality goin on there at the moment
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