THAILAND: THAI PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP

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There were no TPL fixtures this week, due to the fact that Manchester United were in town. The Red Devils kicked off their pre season promotional tour against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on Saturday.

The match had caused a certain amount of controversy before kick off. The visitors were without a number of “big names”, most notably Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. The latter had actually travelled to the Thai capital but returned home the following day after reportedly picking up an injury during training. The home side too caused a stir when the Singha management appeared to snub players from teams sponsored by rival brewery Chang. This meant that three of the Premier League’s current top four clubs (Buriram Utd, Chonburi & Suphanburi) had no representatives in the squad to face the English champions. The match itself was a fairly tame affair – as these type of friendlies so often are – but it did provide pub quiz compilers of the future with a great “Who scored the first goal against a David Moyes managed Manchester United?” question. The answer is, Teeratep “Leesaw” Winothai, a former Everton and Crystal Palace youth player, who now plies his trade with Bangkok Glass.

The Wednesday before the United match saw the fourth round of the FA Cup. The three surprise results featured teams from Division One beating Premier League rivals. The most impressive being PTT Rayong winning away at 5th placed BEC Tero. Elsewhere, everything went to form, with joint favourites Muang Thong United and Buriram United enjoying comfortable victories and Bangkok Glass – Chonburi’s conquerers in Round 3 – coming from behind to beat first division Trat.

Thai FA Cup 4th Round Results

Bangkok FC (D1) 3-3 Army Utd (TPL) (5-3 pens)

BEC Tero (TPL) 1-2 PTT Rayong (D1)

Muang Thong Utd (TPL) 5-0 Phuket (D1)

Phattalung (D2) 1-3 Chiang Rai Utd (TPL)

Police Utd (TPL) 4-2 Osotspa (TPL)

Samut Songkhram (TPL) 0-2 Buriram Utd (TPL)

Singhtarua (D1) 2-1 Bangkok Utd (TPL)

Trat (D1) 1-2 Bangkok Glass (TPL) (aet)

This coming weekend sees a return to action in the top flight. Buriram United (1st) travel to Bangkok Glass, Chonburi (3rd) face a tricky test away against Army Utd and Suphanburi (4th) journey up north to play Chiang Rai Utd. Second placed Muang Thong Utd have no game, as they were scheduled to host Sisaket.

TPL Fixtures

Saturday 20th

Osotspa v Pattaya Utd

Army Utd v Chonburi

Chiang Rai Utd v Suphanburi

Bangkok Glass v Buriram Utd

Sunday 21st

Police Utd v ToT

Samut Songkhram v Bangkok Utd

Songkhla Utd v Chainat

BEC Tero v Ratchaburi

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