SATURDAY is matchday 10 of the 2019 season, and SCG Muangthong United are regrouping with new found confidence. Bringing in Yoon Jong-hwan as head coach has been bolstered by improved goal scoring and a healthy back line since the defensive capabilities took a major blow with the injury to Oh Ban Suk. The recent 3-0 clean sheet win over Prachuap last week speaks to the turn-around fans are hoping for.
For Saturday’s match, however, Muangthong will be without right back Suphanan Bureerat as part of his loan agreement. Coach Yoon has options, and we anticipate a back four consisting of centre backs Oh Ban Suk and Adison and Saringkran and Weerawut as wing backs.
Otherwise the Kirin are strong and confident. The twice-per-day training regime and focused workouts instituted by Coach Yoon have helped. Despite the poor position in the table, the differences between a win and a loss are small. SCG Muangthong United are capable of a dramatic turning of the tide.
KIRIN PLAYER PROFILE: ADISAK KRAISON #11
DOB: 01-FEB-1991 (28)
Height: 1.82 m
Adisak, who has a Health Sciences degree from Thammasat University, began his youth development with the Suphanburi Sports School, but eventually ended up with the Muangthong United Academy. At 19 years of age, he was a squad member of SCG Muangthong United’s 2009 championship team.
The next season he was loaned out to Phuket F.C. and also spent time at Buriram United and Bectero F.C. In 2013 Adisak rejoined the Kirin.
In 2019 Golf returns from a devastating knee injury that knocked him out of action at the start of the 2018 season. He missed 25 league games as he underwent ACL surgery and rehabilitation. This season he’s featured in six of the Kirin’s games but only started twice. Further injury has again limited his playing time, however it is hoped he will be available for Saturday.
‘Golf’ is often used as a substitute later in the game and offers scoring potential against a tired defense. His 84th minute game winner against third place Chiang Rai United speaks to the threat Golf can bring. Likewise, he added the second goal in last week’s victory.
Adisak has been called to represent Thailand, and since 2013 has made 36 appearances on the national team, scoring 16 goals.
Samut Prakan City relocated this season to the small province of the same name attached to southern edges of Bangkok. Previously the team was known as Pattaya United, however club ownership made the decision to rebrand and move 100 kilometres north. Samut Prakan kept key players from Pattaya United, but have also brought in important foreigners. At the same time, they hired Japanese Sporting Director Tetsuya Murayama.
The result has been dramatic, with the club currently in 4th place after 4 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses.
The “SEA FANG” have several goal scorers able to find the back of the net. Top of the list is Brazilian Ibson Melo (71), who has notched six times, and with the recent birth of a baby daughter will be looking for a celebration gift from the Kirin.
As well, Thailand national team midfielder Picha Autra (37) is a formidable talent who must be closed down before he scores his fourth of the season. Samut Prakan might also call upon Myanmar forward Kyaw Ko Ko (10), who has proven himself a capable substitute to offer spark on the attack.