Buriram could wrap up title Sunday

Buriram could wrap up title Sunday

Defending champions need victory over Port and Prachuap to steal points from Chiang Rai

Buriram's Supachok Sarachat (right) in action during a recent Thai League 1 match.
Buriram's Supachok Sarachat (right) in action during a recent Thai League 1 match.

Chiang Rai United coach Ailton da Silva has been saying for sometime that this year's Thai League 1 title will be decided on the final day, but Buriram United do have an outside chance of sewing it up on Sunday.

While it would mainly hinge on defending champions Buriram beating second-placed Port at home on Sunday, result of the game between Chiang Rai United and PT Prachuap will also have a big say in it.

The Thunder Castle are currently two points ahead of Port and Chiang Rai, who both have 52 points.

A victory for Buriram tonight will end Port's dream for their first ever league title, but alone it may not be enough for the champions to lift their seventh trophy -- the northeastern giants will also need visiting Prachuap to either beat Chiang Rai or manage a draw.

Any slip-up on the part of Buriram will prove Silva right, pushing the title race to be settled on the final day of the season next Saturday.

Chiang Rai have a better head-to-head record against both Buriram and Port.

Buriram United coach Bozidar Bandovic is extra keen to win the league title for the third year in a row after falling short in his bids for the FA Cup and the League Cup.

"This is the most important match for our team. We must win this match if we want to retain the title. We have a good chance and we will be going for a win," said Bandovic.

"We are lucky that we don't have any injured or suspended players. Our midfielder Supachok Sarachat, Pansa Hemviboon, Andres Tunez and Supachai Chaided are all ready for the match with Port," said Bandovic.

Port have improved a great deal under Choketawee Promrut, winning nine of 11 matches and losing only one in all competitions since the arrival of the former national team assistant coach at the Khlong Toey-based club.

Choketawee said: "We know it is never easy to play Buriram at their home ground but we must try to pick up a win in this game."

Choketawee is aware of his team's winless record at Buriram's home ground and will be keen to end the dry spell on this trip.


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