Sunday, 31 January 2010

Thai Clubs v Singapore Clubs

Muang take on Singapore champions SAFFC on Saturday, so let's take a brief look at the history of Thai v Singapore clubs:

Won: 14
Drawn: 5
Lost: 13

Of course, it's Muang's first adventure in Asian competition, so they have never come up against Singaporese opposition before. SAFFC on the other hand have met Thai oppostion on 5 occasions:

1999-2000 Asian Club Championship: SAFFC 1:1 Sinthana
1999-2000 Asian Club Championship: Sinthana 2:1 SAFFC
2001-02 Asian Club Championship: BEC 3:0 SAFFC
2001-02 Asian Club Championship: SAFFC 1:5 BEC
2009 AFC Champions League qualifier: PEA 1:4 SAFFC

Just last year SAFFC sent out a message to Thai clubs with a 4-1 victory over PEA. Something of a shock at the beginning of last season, but as the season moved on, it did become noticable that this PEA team wasn't anything like the PEA team that won the 2008 TPL.

In the 2001-02 ACC, SAFFC got a stuffing from BEC, but it must be said that this BEC team were practically the ASEAN king's of the team, if not the whole of Asia. BEC were the big spenders in the region at the time and surprised a hell of a lot of people in making the final of the ACL just a year later.

Saturdays game will be an interesting matchup. The tie could go either way. SAFFC are no pushovers, the only highlight i see at the moment is that they lost the big man Duric to S.League rivals Tampines, so set pieces we should be able to deal with, but here we go again - Thailand v Singapore in the greatest club event in Asia.

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