All right, Port, give me a showstopper – Chiangmai United v Port Preview

Now we’re rolling. After the slip up at Suphanburi, Port avoided a banana skin on an absolute dog of a pitch in the Bangkok derby, which saw plenty of individual slips but collectively the team stood tall and proud running out one nil winners. However, there was little time to enjoy the victory, with the first midweek round of the season meaning we find ourselves heading up to Chiangmai for a Thursday night encounter with the White Elephants.

As it stands, with two games played on Tuesday night, Port sits third in the table with a return of 8 points from 5 games, two points behind current leaders Buriram, who we face this coming Sunday at The PAT.  Suddenly it’s not looking like such a bad start to the season.

So what to expect of our encounter with the newly promoted side…..GOALS. Only Chonburi games (4.33 ) are averaging more goals than our hosts (3.4), while only Khon Kaen United (14) have conceded more than Chiangmai United’s 10. Also, there’s a fair chance they come early, nobody in the leagues is averaging more first half goals than Port games. Adding weight to the theory that Dusit looks to defend the lead when he gets it, our games also see very few second half goals, infact there have been just two, with only NongBua Pitchaya matches, with a solitary second half goal producing less.

 

Chiangmai United.

 

Yannick Boli – he wont play but l like him and have the picture saved

Last time out the White Elephants bagged their first win of the season travelling to Samut Prakan Dons, as Port loanee Yannick Boli (7) starred in a 3-1 win. In a game that looked to go in spells of dominance for each team, Chiangmai were initially under the cosh before taking the initiative in the latter part of the first half. A momentum they maintained into the second half. Which was just a couple of minutes old when Boli was picked out with a though ball that allowed him to skip past Zarifovic and with the aid of a deflection, fire home. A slice of luck he probably deserved having created numerous chances in the game. The momentum then switched again as Dons went in search of an equalizer, but it was Boli who would score next, getting on the end of a cross to head home. The game was kept alive, as the fragile Chiangmai back line was denied its first clean sheet of the season when Eliandro pulled one back. However, there was to be no comeback as Boonmatoon (54) scored a second headed goal for the visitors to end the match as a contest.

Whilst that result will have come as a shock to many, the rest of the Chiangrai results have gone the quite predictable route, as having taken the lead against Bangkok United in round 1 they went on to be defeated 2-1, their other meeting with one of the expected contenders was somewhat more one sided, as a trip to Buriram ended in a 4-0 humbling. While they’ve dawn away at Suphanburi 2-2 thanks to an injury time equalizer from ex Port man Todsapol (6). Alongside facing Korat at home in round four. Where they surrendered a lead given to them by Boli in a 1-1 draw.  Who after not starting the first 3 games of the season has forced his way into the side and shown his manager what he was missing with three goals from those two starts.

 

Now with any normal club you’d be thinking great they figured out Boli’s their best attacker a few weeks into the season, it doesn’t really matter as he can’t play against us. However, this is Port and the Thai league, so don’t be shocked if there’s no rule or clause in place to stop him lining up against us and then for full comedy effect scoring the winner (I could probably check but I’m not going too).

 

Nont saves!

 

As for the rest of the team. Big things were once expected of keeper Nont Muangagam (20) and he remains on the books of Chiangrai United, who’ve sent him for another season on loan, having in recent years spend time with Police Tero and the other ChinagMai club before arriving at his current home last season. He’s a bit of a favourite with the Sandpit team as he’s capable of some stunning stops but is held back being equally prone to absolute howlers. He played regularly for the Thai U23 team before becoming too old, at some point hes either going to become really good or forever yoyo between T1 and T2. Expect a few world class saves but you get the feeling that if we give him enough chances he’s more than capable of a Somporn moment.  At the back they have what could become a decent combination of centrebacks including the aforementioned Todsapol, Brazilan Evson (30) and Sirisak Faidong (15).  

 

If Boli misses out the attack will be let by Melvin de Leeuw (9), my expert on T2 recently said of him…”he’s scored a ton of goals in T2 (more than wiki says) but whether he can do it in the top flight remains to be seen”. He’ll be supplied by, midfielders Sergio Escudero(26) , the 33 year old arrives having played extensively in Japan and Korea and Saharat Kanyaroj (18)  who moved from Muangthong n the closed season.

 

 

Port

I don’t expect us to change a winning system too much. The reinvention of Tanaboon (17) was continuing before he limped off in the derby and assuming he’s fit, then l’d stick with his partnership with Rochela who also had a fine game. Given that the team seem to like to get lead and hold it, l’d start the same 11 as the weekend and then rotate later in the game if we get a cushion. Of course with what could be a massive top of the table clash to come on Sunday, Dusit may have other ideas. Regardless in Dusit we trust.

 

Prediction

Surely the kiss of death but I’m going for a nice and comfortable 3-0 win to Port.

  The match will be shown live on AISPLAY (possibly limited to AIS network users) at 1900 on Thursday 7th October 2021. 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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