Match Preview - SCG Muangthong United vs. Chonburi F.C. - COACH-TO-COACH
Sparks often fly when SCG Muangthong United and Chonburi F.C. play each other, and no less is expected this Sunday May 1st. when the Sharks come to town for a 7PM kickoff at the SCG Stadium.
The two clubs have played each other 14 times since 2012, with SCG Muangthong United taking 6 wins, Chonburi 3 wins, and there have been 5 draws. This will be the first meeting of the teams for the 2016 season. Last year the clubs split their games, with Chonburi FC winning their home leg fixture in a controversial match.
The last time the clubs met, at the end of October, SCG Muangthong United came away with the 3 points in a 4-2 victory. To date in the 2016 season both clubs look competitive. After last Wednesday’s games, SCG Muangthong United are 6 wins and 2 losses, and are in second place following their astounding 3-0 win away at Buriram United. Chonburi meanwhile are 10th place, having tied their last match with Army United at the Shark’s Stadium.
This season both clubs have made changes in their rosters. Though SCG Muangthong United have acquired some top Thai players, Chonburi FC’s main change would be the loss of their top goal scorer over the last three seasons, Thiago Cuna. In his stead the club signed another Brazilian striker, Rodrigo (Carcena) Vergilio, wearing the #23 jersey. To date Carcena has performed well, starting in all 8 matches and has scored 4 goals.
SCG Muangthong United’s top scorer, meanwhile, is Brazilian Cleiton Silva, with 8 goals in 8 matches, and closing in on breaking the league record for goals scored (101).
Both clubs also made changes to the Head Coach for 2016, and both clubs elected to appoint prominent legends of Thai football.
The similarities are notable.
MTUTD Head Coach Totchtawan Sripan a midfielder, made 109 appearances for the Thai National team between 1992-2008, scoring 19 goals. During much of the same time, his team mate would have been Chonburi’s new Head Coach, Therdsak Chaiman, also a midfielder, who made 75 appearances between 1994 - 2010, scoring 22 goals.