Champs Pathum United continue impressive run
Defending champions BG Pathum United continued their climb up the Thai League 1 standings with a 3-1 triumph over newcomers Chiangmai United on Saturday night.
Pathum, who have a game in hand, earned a tie for second place with Bangkok United but the capital side are heavy favourites to beat Nongbua Pitchaya in their 10th league outing of the season on Sunday.
Following an eighth-minute strike by Andres Tunez, Thailand international Teerasil Dangda claimed a double for the Rabbits, finding the net in the 27th and 56th minutes.
Although Kabfah Boonmatoon made the scoreline look respectable by pulling one back for Chiangmai in the 80th minute, Pathum's domination of the match was almost complete.
Meanwhile, promoted Khon Kaen United ran riot in the first half as they netted four goals to inflict a 4-2 defeat on hosts Suphanburi and extend their opponents' winless streak in the league to six games.
Braces from Yashir Islame and Ibson Melo denied Suphanburi the chance to drag themselves out of the three-team relegation zone.
The hosts were able to grab a couple of goals after the break through Supawit Romphopak and Rittiporn Whanchuen but they never looked like clawing their way back from the huge deficit.
In another match, Nakhon Ratchasima won 2-1 away at PT Prachuap.
Prachuap did all the leg work and had the possession of the ball for the most part of the match, but their strikers proved goal shy.
Pralong Swandee put the Swat Cats ahead in the 19th minute but the visitors conceded a penalty at the hour mark. Willen kept his cool to net the equaliser for the Wasps from the spot.
Kwame Karikari netted the winner for Nakhon Ratchasima two minutes from time.
Former champions Muang Thong United and Buriram United, who currently lead the league, face off in the local Clasico and Kirins' coach Mario Gjurovski is keen to derail their opponents' bid for this season's title.
"We have respect for Buriram but I won't be happy if they get even a point from us," said Gjurovski on Friday. "We will be happy to see them drop points, but my focus is to beat them."