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2020 Vision: Muangthong Utd

 

Ignoring the old saying about saving the best ’til last, we finish our series of 2020 season previews with our old friends Muangthong Utd. After a season in which they flirted with relegation and lost to Port three times, can Gama get the Kirins, who lost to Port three times last season, back on track? Or will they struggle – and lose to Port three times – again? They’ve already lost to Port once and the season hasn’t even started. We hear from not one but two MTU fans, Gian Chansrichawla and Kenneth Lim, on their hopes and fears for the new season.

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2020 Vision: Bangkok Utd

 

Once again, the much-fancied Angels flattered to deceive in 2019, coming up trophyless once more despite having arguably the strongest squad in T1. But with Mano Polking still in charge of a squad that has been together for a long time, could 2020 finally be their year? Here’s Svein Falk Lorentzen with his thoughts…

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2020 Vision: Buriram Utd

 

2019 was a barren year for Buriram, with not a single trophy being added to the Thunder Castle collection. Will 2020 see normal service resumed? Here’s Buriram fan Jamie Pinder with his thoughts…

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2020 Vision: BG Pathum Utd

 

After their shock relegation in 2018, BG Pathum Utd – aka Bangkok Glass – made an immediate return by winning T2 2019 at a canter. And after adding some real quality to their squad they’re expected to perform strongly this year. Here’s anonymous Thai football blogger and BG fan Tactics Times with his look at the Glass Rabbits’ chances…

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2020 Vision: Nakhon Ratchasima FC

 

In our latest 2020 season preview, we hear from stalwart Swatcat fan Russ John, the man behind one of Thai football’s longest-running English language sites, The Swatcat Blog. And this seems like a suitable moment to send our condolences to the families of those killed in Saturday’s awful mass shooting in Korat, and to wish the survivors a speedy recovery. A terrible event and not the kind of thing you expect to happen in Thailand.

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2020 Vision: Samut Prakan City

 

After taking over Pattaya Utd’s licence, newly-formed Samut Prakan City were the surprise package of 2019, challenging the top clubs before tailing off in the second half of the season. Will they build on the promise of last year, or will it be a case of Second Season Syndrome? here’s Sea Fang (nope, us neither) fan, and man behind popular Thailand teaching website Ajarn, Phil Williams with his thoughts…

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2020 Vision: Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC

Our series of 2020 T1 previews continues with a look at perennial mid-tablers Ratchaburi, a club who’ve had more coaches than National Express. I have a bit of a soft spot for the Dragons due partly to their absolutely superb stadium (surely the best away end in the league) and the extremely friendly locals who looked after us very well on our weekend there last season. Take it away Ratch fan Neal Oliver

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2020 Vision: Chiang Rai Utd

 

Yes, the 2020 season will soon be upon us, and you can almost taste the cold Leo, the lukewarm sausages and the disappointment. That means it’s time for our regular Sandpit pre-season previews, and where better to start than with 2019 T1 champs Chiang Rai? Here’s Peeples fan Alec Beetles – sorry, that should be Beetles fan Alec Peeples – with his thoughts on what the season holds for his team…

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