Don’t Look Now it’s the Police: Port FC vs. Police Tero FC, 21 July 2018

 

7.00 p.m. Saturday 21st July

True Sports 6

Port are coming off two of their worst performances this season, injuries and changing the team around didn’t help, but back to back losses against a team who previously only had 5 points in 2018 is alarming. Who do we face? One of the teams Port had a nightmare against in the first half of the season. We find ourselves saying. “Oh shit, it’s the Police.”

Police are in joint 13th place with Sukhothai, both are desperately trying to stay up in a season where five teams face the drop. Two losses and two draws in the last four doesn’t scream great form, but Port’s last two matches don’t inspire much confidence either.

Dangerous Policemen

Michaël N’dri (9) the police captain has lead from the front with 12 goals along with the most successful Asean quota player Aung Thu (10) with 10 goals, they will be a major threat. They won’t be joined by Marcus Vinicius (91) as I think he is busy fighting Asterix the Gaul with a cohort of centurions. He’s another attacking player with 10 goals this season, he also has 4 yellow cards so is suspended on Saturday. Ex Port player Niran Hasson (8) was in and out of the Police squad at the beginning on 2018, but has gone on to take up a regular position in the middle of Police’s defence. If he’d stuck around at Port he may have finally got a chance to play right back this weekend. Probably better for him he moved on and has a regular place in the centre of the police line up.

 

Michaël N’Dri, Aung Thu and Niran Hansson

 

Ex Muangthong manager “Ban” Totchtawan Sripan took over Police at the beginning of July. I’m sure he is well aware of the pressure for points. Could he face the sack if results don’t pick up soon? Maybe, Police is yet another manager’s graveyard. I think if they stick with him he might well just keep them alive.

Port Problems all over the place

Two players are suspended this Saturday, Adisorn (13) is out after collecting a 4th yellow and Nitipong (34) is out after his straight red. Pakorn (went straight to hospital and hasn’t been training so no chance of him starting. Siwakorn (16) wasn’t on the bench at Air Force suggesting another injury.

The Likely Lads

This is what Port could look like.

 

 

I had no idea who would replace Nitipong, I couldn’t think of any other possible right back, so I asked Tom. He reliably informs me that Chakrit has been used there in training and friendlies, so is probably Jadet’s favoured option in that position . Pummared (41)? Yes, just about the only central midfielder I can think of we have left. New arrival Anon (20) is also an outside possibility in that position, while winger and fellow new arrival Somprasong (14) seems likely to make another appearance off the bench, coming on for either Terens or Bodin in the latter stages.

Match Up-set

N’dri and Aung Thu vs. Rochela and Todsapol is a scary proposition, but I’d rather not think about that any more than I have to.

Battle of the Comebacks

It might not be the key match-up but Suarez finally back after injury and Hansson finally back at PAT with a point to prove will be interesting to see.  We will have to see, who is the king of the comeback.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Umm not many, Jadet has won 3 out of his last 4 vs “Ban” while he was at Muangthong (any excuse to mention those). Suarez is finally back, he should be linking up with Boskovic, so hopefully we won’t see Bosko having to trawl back trying to pick up the ball in midfield. It’s a Home Match, it’s a Saturday evening 7 .00 pm ideal kick off time. No world cup matches that need to be factored into the Saturday schedule just Pure Port. Whether it’s going to be pure class or pure something else I’m not sure.

 


 

The match will be shown live on True Sport 6 at 19:00 on Saturday 21 July, 2018. For those who can’t make it to PAT Stadium, The Sportsman on Sukhumvit 13 will show the match on a big screen with sound. Don’t forget to wear your Port shirt for a 10% discount on drinks.

 

Dominick Cartwright

Dominick Cartwright

Originally from London, Dominick has been teaching English in Bangkok since 2006 and has been following Port FC since 2011.

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