Thai Premier League leaders Buriram PEA will meet Chiang Rai United in their first competitive match. It will also be their last match of the first half of the season.
“It will be a historic match for our team,” said Buriram coach Attapol Bussapakom.
“It will be our first match in our new home, New I-Mobile stadium. Our aim is to win the league title this season so we must get the three points on this special day. We will not only try to win but will also try to entertain the fans.”
Buriram will be keen to seal a win after losing their unbeaten record at Si Sa Ket last week.
The Thunder Castle are heavy favourites against Chiang Rai but Attapol warned his men not to underestimate the promoted side.
“They have lost only once in their last five games. We must be careful about their counter-attack. They have good strike partners in Wasant Natasant and Edvaldo Pereira who both are fast,” he said.
“I know that everybody wants to show their skills in the first match at New I-Mobile stadium but we must be patient. If we play according to our plans and stay patient, then we will surely beat them.”
Only 2,000 tickets are left and will be available at the stadium at 9am.
With a capacity of 24,000, the 400 million baht New I-Mobile is the country’s biggest privately owned stadium.
Trouble-plagued Thai Port FC host Khon Kaen in their last match under coach Sasom Pobprasert who guided them to win the FA Cup in 2009 and the League Cup last year.
Sasom will join Buriram PEA’s sister club Buriram FC in Division One in the second half of the season. A couple of Thai Port players will also join Sasom at Buriram FC including Sompong Sorleb and Ekkachai Sumre.
Second-bottom Siam Navy entertain tail-enders Sri Racha in an eastern derby in today’s other match.
Second-placed Chonburi were held to a 1-1 home draw with Muang Thong United last week and the Sharks could drop more points when they travel to in-form Bangkok Glass tomorrow.
Following a slow start to the season, the Glass Rabbits have been in a good run and are now third.
While Chonburi strikers Pipob On-mo and Ney Fabiano have been misfiring lately, Glass forward Sarayuth Chaikamdee has been on fire.
Fourth-placed Muang Thong, the two-time defending champions, hope to continue their revival when they host Pattaya United.