Taking On The Wounded Tigers: Port FC vs. Chiangmai FC Preview

 

Thai Port take on the visiting Lanna Tigers, who are likely to be homeless come the beginning of July. If Port FC have any aspirations of knocking the dominant Buriram off their perch, these are 3 points they cannot afford to let slip.

Port have spent well, and performances have largely shown that their place at the top of the league is well warranted, despite being punished by two ludicrous decisions in their recent matches.

Losing Lanna Tigers Licking Wounds

Goals usually follow Chiangmai FC, especially away from home. Sadly most have ended up in the wrong net. They lost 7-5 against Chonburi, and more recently 4-2 in a rather lackluster defeat away at Korat. There have been a few decent performances in the mix too, like the valiant performance away at struggling Muangthong and the 2-1 away win over inconsistent Suphanburi.

The news that Chiangmai were facing playing home games at the owner’s other team 200km away (Ed – Chiang Rai, BG Pathum United and Chiang Mai are basically all owned by the same group) in Chiangrai, was slightly tempered with a 1-0 home win against Prachuap and only the second clean sheet of the season, which lifted them out of the relegation zone for the first time in over a month.

The owners will look at alternative sites, but the lack of facilities and acceptable flood lights means it is more than likely pie in the sky from the owners. This just adds insult to injury for Chiangmai fans after the loan player farce against Chiangrai, where several members of Chiangmai’s first XI were unavailable for selection due to their loan agreements from their parent club.

Still, despite defensive frailties, Chiangmai FC are not to be underestimated going forward.

Eliandro (9) has been banging the samba beats on the Lanna Tigers drum and has weighed in with 6 goals this season. He’s got the towering strength we wish Boskovic had, which led to his powered header into the path of Chotiphat (21, you guessed it, another Chiangrai loanee) to open his account for the season for Chiangmai. His strike partner Ekanit Panya (37), yet another Chiangrai loanee, has weighed in with 2 this season and, although a nippy partner, it does seem that if you stop Eliandro you stop Chiangmai.

 

 

Fellow Brazilian Evson Patrico (30) has weighed in with a couple of important goals. But the gem for Chiangmai and general midfield engine is Afghanistan international…. Ooh AAhh Mustafa Azadzoy (10), who has scored 4 goals. This is where the midfield battle could be won and lost for The Lanna Tigers.

 

 

Port in the Mix

Last season this would typically be a match that Port FC would slip up in. This is the acid test against a team that is battling against all the odds to stay up, but in what is a generally unpredictable league, Port need to get back to winning ways and ensure the gap is still there when Buriram visit on June 16th.

This match provides an ideal opportunity for the likes of Boskovic (23) to get in to his groove and add to his tally of 6 this season. Bodin (10), who showed good early season form, has also been quiet in the last 2 games against Bangkok United and Korat and will surely be odds on to hit form again against a very weak Chiangmai defence.

Hopefully Kevin (97) can overcome his injury, as his pace will surely leave an already poor Chiangmai defence in tatters.  Port will have to make do without Adisorn (13), after further officiating antics, but Panpanpong (19) has been pictured in training recently, so could step in to fill the void. Most Port fans will surely be hoping that VAR is reintroduced if this match produces any further controversy (Ed – I wouldn’t count on that.) Dolah (4) and Mustafa will come face to face in midfield and as much as I love the boy from Afghanistan, Dolah really does show his experience and strength at this level and I can see the poor Chiangmai midfielder being eaten for dinner. Both Dolah and his defensive partner are going to have to have a very off game for any kind of surprise to be pulled off on Wednesday night. Speaking of that defensive partner, Todsapol (6) is suspended after picking up his fourth yellow card against Korat, so Port will hope that Rochela (22), who has also been pictured recently in training, is fit enough to start.

An 8pm kick off hopefully ensures a decent crowd turn up at the PAT. My prediction is a comfortable 4-0 win for Port FC.

 


 

The match will be shown live on True Sport 2 at 20:00 on Wednesday 29 May, 2019. For those who can’t make it, 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.

 

Clive Nagington

Clive Nagington

Clive moved to Bangkok in 2004 and is an avid fan of the Thai national team. Missing his football fix he homed in on Chiang Mai FC, during a 7 year spell whilst living in Northern Thailand. A move to Bangkok attracted him to the lively Port FC, largely due to their Millwall-like cauldron atmosphere. A keen Leicester City fan, Clive has faith that the War Elephants will make a World Cup in his lifetime.

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  1. Robert Scott says:

    Clive,

    The header for Chotipat’s goal was from Evson not Eliandro. Eliandro missed the Prachuap game after 4 yellow cards.

    Evson has been strong. When he and Thossapol play the CM defence is solid enough (Suphan Buri and Prachuap). If one or both are missing (Chonburi) then CM will struggle. Thossapol was carrying an injury on Saturday and must be doubtful.

    Have a look at Gionata (27) who after a slow start is beginning to look like a decent midfielder and a successor to (how does he still go on?) Pichitphong.

    Hopefully we will give you a decent contest tomorrow. But if players are injured or suspended we have no depth in the squad.

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