BG Pathum warned about Bangkok United's attack

BG Pathum warned about Bangkok United's attack

World Cup qualifiers postponed

BG Pathum's Diogo Luis Santo (top) in action against Port during their Thai League 1 match on Wednesday.
BG Pathum's Diogo Luis Santo (top) in action against Port during their Thai League 1 match on Wednesday.

Runaway Thai League 1 leaders BG Pathum United have another tough assignment on Saturday when they host Bangkok United.

It will be the Rabbits' third successive match against a big team in a week, having beaten Buriram United last weekend and defeated Port in midweek.

While Pathum enjoy a 16-point lead, club director Surachai Jaturapattarapong said yesterday their mission is not yet complete.

"We still have 10 matches to play," he told a pre-match press conference.

He warned his players to be careful about Bangkok United's attack and said they must play with patience.

Surachai said the capital side have become better since Totchtawan Sripan, his national teammate during their playing days, was appointed coach last year.

BG's attack will be led by Diogo Luis Santo and Teerasil Dangda.

Fifth-placed Bangkok United hope to move up the table for a spot in the AFC Champions League.

"If we can get good results on a consistent basis and win every game, we can qualify for the AFC Champions League," said Totchtawan.

"With our potential, we are not underdogs to any team. We want to win every game we play in."

Second-ranked Port, who have suffered three consecutive defeats, have a good chance to bounce back when they host lowly Trat on Saturday.

WC qualifiers postponed

Most remaining games in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be postponed to June because of coronavirus disruptions, the Asian Football Confederation said on Saturday.

Dozens of nations across eight groups in the current round of qualifying were supposed to resume their campaigns in March after the pandemic delayed matches slated for last year.

But the AFC said it was now inviting bids from member associations to host their respective groups in a centralised format in the June international window.

It blamed "existing travel and quarantine restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic."

Among the postponed games include Thailand's three remaining Group G matches against Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

The Football Association of Thailand is reportedly trying to bring the remaining Group G games to Buriram United's Chang Arena.

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