Rabbits face Muang Thong, hope to get out of hole

Rabbits face Muang Thong, hope to get out of hole

Pathum's Sarach Yooyen, left, vies with Police Tero's Jenphob Phokhi.
Pathum's Sarach Yooyen, left, vies with Police Tero's Jenphob Phokhi.

Struggling Thai League 1 champions BG Pathum United host SCG Muang Thong United on Wednesday, hoping to return to winning ways.

The Rabbits have seven points after five games and are 13th, one place above the relegation zone of the 16-team league.

However, they have played two matches fewer than most teams.

Pathum have suffered two consecutive defeats at home -- 2-0 against Chiang Rai United and 3-0 against Police Tero.

Coach Aurilio Vidmar desperately needs a win against the Kirins, not only to put their title defence back on track but probably also to save his job at the club.

The Australian succeeded Dusit Chalermsan, who guided the team to their first ever T1 title last season.

The Rabbits lost only once last term -- to Muang Thong on the final day of the season.

Andres Tunez has returned from injury but is likely to start on the bench.

However, Victor Cardozo, his partner in the heart of the defence, remains unavailable as does striker Diogo Luis Santo.

Veteran striker Teerasil Dangda should be fit to start while midfielder Sarach Yooyen is also available for selection.

Both Teerasil and Sarach are former Muang Thong players.

Although Muang Thong are in sixth place, they are just two points above Pathum.

The Kirins regained confidence after securing a 3-1 victory over Khon Kaen United at the weekend with substitute Sardor Mirzaev scoring twice.

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