SCG Muang Thong look to roll over Chiang Rai

SCG Muang Thong look to roll over Chiang Rai

Muang Thong coach Mario Gjurovski reacts after a win.
Muang Thong coach Mario Gjurovski reacts after a win.

SCG Muang Thong United are brimming with confidence ahead of their Thai League 1 match at champions Chiang Rai United on Wednesday.

The Kirins will be seeking to maintain their perfect record under former player Mario Gjurovski, who was appointed coach last month.

Gjurovski's Muang Thong have won two league games and also thrashed Phattanikom City 10-0 in the FA Cup.

Muang Thong midfielder Picha Autra said: "After two [league] wins, we hope to get another win. The players now look confident after good results. We have confidence in Mario and he has confidence in the players."

Second-placed Chiang Rai will try to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Sukhothai last week.

Chiang Rai are still looking for a permanent boss with Emerson da Silva taking charge of the Beetles as interim coach.

Chiang Rai will be without Lee Yong-Rae, who is suspended, while Suriya Singmui and Chaiyawat Buran are still nursing injuries.

Bill Rosimar will lead the attack along with Jakson Coelho, who will meet his former club for the first time after joining Chiang Rai.

Chiang Rai captain Phitiwat Sukjitthammakul said: "We want to get a good result to boost our confidence before playing in the AFC Champions League.

"Muang Thong are a strong team and we must stay focused for the whole match."

After today's match, Chiang Rai will travel to Qatar to play in the AFC Champions League.

ACL returns

Two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande will have to do without star man Paulinho as the delayed Asian Champions League East returns today with a heavy schedule of games played in "bubble" conditions in Qatar.

Fifteen teams will race through 33 matches in a little over two weeks to complete the group stage, suspended because of the coronavirus since early March, with eight teams then playing the knockout phase to decide who reaches the Dec 19 final.

Chiang Rai United are the only Thai team in the touranment.

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