Time for Port to “Cast your doubts aside and fly.” Suphanburi v Port; A Preview

 

Port make the short trip to Suphanburi for the fourth round of the Revo Thai League, on Sunday evening and as is the new normal, unless there has been some change since last weekend (and there’s no reason to believe there has been), the match will be a behind closed doors affair.

 

 

Suphanburi

The War Elephants have opened their campaign with three draws. Starting with an unexpected 0-0 away to Buriram. That whilst very much a backs to the walls performance, they would have come away from disappointed to not gain three points, as they were denied a late penalty by the second worst VAR call of the season so far.  That was followed by successive 2-2 draws first with ChiangMai United, which was very much a case of shooting themselves in the foot as they surrendered the lead twice. Firstly giving away a silly handball penalty. Then having gone back in front, scorer Sihanart (9), received a second yellow for taking his shirt of celebrating and putting pressure on his team to hold out. Which they looked to have done until, former Port man Tossapol levelled things up which pretty much the last kick of the game. If that was disappointing, the point gained last time out against Prachuap will have lifted spirits, as they came back from 2-0 down and looked the more likely to take all 3 points late on.

Not a penalty apprently. Thai VAR at its finest.

 

Their team thus far has been settled playing 3-4-3 in each game. In the latter two games the defence has given up, numerous silly mistakes and had a few moments of switching off that Port will look to exploit.  The big question ahead of game regarding Suphanburi selection is the available of star midfield man Lossémy Karaboué (7), who having completed the full 90minutes at Buriram hasn’t featured in the two subsequent home game. If he’s able to return it will be a big boost to their chances. Upfront the wide roles have been taken by Danilo (99) and Reichelt (11) in the last two games while a different central striker has started each game (Danilo was used here v Buriram). The widemen have looked lively, Danilo has scored in each of the last two and each has supplied a cross for the other to score. In my preview of Suphan l questioned if Danilo would hit the ground running and score regularly and so far, he’s made a fool out of me, looking very decent.

 

 

The somewhat better than l predicted Danilo Alves in action against Prachuap

 

Port

Last weekend saw Port get their first win and clean sheet of the season at home to Khon Kaen United and the expectation will be for a repeat on both fronts on Sunday evening. I can see Dusit sticking with the starting line up that he’s used in the last two games. Jaturapat(15) brings more defensive stability on the left, which will help to deal with Danilo. The performance against Khon Kaen United started in a very lively manner as Port raced to a 2-0 lead and there after was a much more even contest, hopefully it was just a case of the team easing off and coasting home with the points assured. I can see something similar playing out here and a repeat of the scoreline.  We also have form for scoring spectacular over head kicks in this fixture with Rolando “Tony” Blackburn scoring one in 2019 and Yanick Boli repeating the trick last season. Lets hope there’s a third on Sunday.

The match will be shown live on AISPLAY (possibly limited to AIS network users) and PPTV36 at 1800 on Sunday 26th September, 2021. Fans are not allowed to attend the game, so the best way to watch with fellow Port fans is to head to The Sportsman on Sukhumvit 13 who will show the match on a big screen.

James Clarke

James Clarke

Originally from England, James first came to Thailand in 2010 to escape big cities and spend time on beaches away from crowds. He now divides his time between living in Bangkok and wishing he was living in Bangkok.

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