Thursday, 10 March 2011
Muangthong United Vs Thai Port - preview
(NB This is today's second blog, please see the post about Rene and CMFC below.)
Thai Port FC have become increasingly associated with hooliganism over the last two seasons. Just this week the club have been hit with a two match fan ban after an incident at Pattaya United.
It's a serious problem and one which the club staff and fans themselves need to weed out. But there's much more to the club than a minority of idiots. Thai Port are from Klong Toey - an area with a lot of character - and have the fans to match. Ever the underdog, they have no love for Muangthong fans, whom they see (wrongly, in my opinion) as being snobbish, high-so opposites to the grizzled and roughneck natives of Klong Toey. Their passion is strong. Man for man, Port were the noisiest supporters at the Thunderdome last season.
Problems have also hit the club on the pitch and in the directors' offices in recent months. A political struggle ended up with Port Authority being handed back control of the club and since then "Super Rich" have announced a large cash injection into the side. You have to wonder how the proud natives of Klong Toey will feel about having "Super Rich" written across their chests.
On the pitch, Port's goalie Munzo has made more than one howler already this season, forcing the coach to publicly back him.
Both sides come into this game under some pressure then, with the aforementioned goalkeeping crisis for the visitors and 'Thong looking to impress their new coach and erase the memory of last week's crash at Army United.
Datsakorn Thonlao should be back for this game. There are no new injuries I'm aware of, but perhaps Carlisto will be trying out some new personnel.
Last season was 1-0. Report is here.
Port have an excellent fan blog here and their OS here.
KO this Sunday @ 1800. Tickets are still available from the club or Total Reservation booths.