Port looking to bounce back against Buriram

Buriram United face one of the few tough looking fixtures left on their schedule on Sunday as they close in on the Thai League title.

The champions face Port FC at the PAT Stadium for the second time this week, having defeated them 3-1 in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

While Port look to bounce back from a disappointing week, Bangkok Glass host Sukhothai in another pivotal fixture in the battle to avoid relegation.

Here are three things to look out for on T1 Matchday 26.

  1. Port owe fans a performance 

A very promising season for Port FC is in danger of fizzling out after two defeats in four days struck a huge blow to their ambitions.

Last weekend’s 2-1 loss at 10-man Bangkok United saw them slip six points behind the second-placed side, while the defeat to Buriram ended hopes of lifting a trophy.

Third spot in the league would still represent a good campaign but the nature of the last two performances has been worrying.

Last week’s late capitulation at the Thammasat Stadium was bad enough, but the response was pitiful as they fell 3-0 behind at home to Buriram in the cup quarter final on Wednesday.

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They now have to prove to their fans that they have the stomach for the battle when the boys from Isan return to Klong Toey on Sunday.

It has been a season of highs and lows for the Port FC faithful and the players really owe them a fighting performance to prevent the season finale becoming a real anti-climax.

  1. Glass going for three-in-a-row

Bangkok Glass face yet another crucial fixture as the battle to beat the drop approaches its final stages.

The Glass Rabbits host Sukhothai, who sit alongside them on 30 points – just one point above the relegation zone.

Victory for either side would be hugely significant and it is the home side who come into this as the form team.

Wins over Muang Thong United and Police Tero in the past two weeks have seen them finally demonstrate their undoubted quality and most would back them to continue that form against the Fire Bats.

However, Sukhothai’s victory at home to Prachuap FC last weekend will have lifted their morale after a seven-match winless streak.

The stage is set for another intriguing battle as the men from Pathum Thani aim to pull away from the bottom five with a third successive win.

  1. Win-win for Bangkok United

If Bangkok United emerge victorious from their visit to Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday, they will either have closed the gap to Buriram at the top or pulled further clear of Port FC in the fight for second place – or both.

With the first and third placed teams facing off on Sunday evening, the Bangkok Angels have a great opportunity to either tighten their grip on second place or to mount a renewed challenge for the title.

The Swatcats are unlikely to give them an easy ride but the end of their eight-match unbeaten run last week may have dented confidence, while Mano Polking’s men got a huge lift from coming back to beat Port FC 2-1 despite playing with 10 men for 45 minutes.

If Bangkok United can take care of business in this one, they will either be closing in on Buriram or a place in the AFC Champions League qualifiers.

 

 

 

 

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