Ishii hopes to stay perfect as Buriram take on Kirins
Masatada Ishii will be aiming to maintain his perfect record as coach of Buriram United when the Thai League 1 leaders visit bitter rivals Muang Thong United today.
The Japanese has guided the Thunder Castle to four successive wins in all competitions since he began his reign at Buriram this month.
His men defeated second-placed Bangkok United last week to build a five-point lead over the capital side.
Muang Thong, who beat Ratchaburi 1-0 in midweek, are eight points behind Buriram.
Ishii said yesterday he had studied Muang Thong's matches and is ready to face the Kirins.
"We have analysed Muang Thong's games for sometime and we already have plans to handle them," Ishii said.
He said to beat Muang Thong his team must play better than they did against Bangkok United.
The Japanese admitted that he did not know much about the two teams' rivalry.
"We are both big teams so it is normal that a match between the two teams evokes interest in a large number of football fans," he said.
Also today, struggling champions Pathum United, who are eight points off the pace, have a good chance to stop the rot when they host bottom side Chiangmai United.
Bangkok United will hope to bounce back when they travel to newcomers Nongbua Pitchaya.
However, it could be a tricky assignment for the Angels as Nongbua are strong at home.
Meanwhile, third-placed Chonburi will host fourth-ranked Port tomorrow.
"We have respect for Port and we must play with patience," said Chonburi coach Sasom Pobprasert.
- Masatada Ishii