Port vs Ratchaburi

PAT Stadium is the venue as high-flying Port and out-of-form Ratchaburi go head-to-head in a lopsided Thai League 1 showdown.

Coming into Gameweek 15, Port find themselves in the same position they finished in last season (3rd), but they ought to take the pitch in a buoyant mood following a noticeable upturn in form. After an underwhelming stretch of three defeats in four matches (D1), the ‘Port Lions’ have emerged victorious in their last two league outings, whittling down the gap on second-placed Pathum United to a mere two points. Despite being considered odds-on favorites in this match-up, Port can’t take anything for granted after losing twice in their last three Thai League 1 home matches (W1). But their overall home league record this season makes for good reading (W5, L2), as does their formidable H2H run of just one defeat across their last eleven top-flight encounters against Ratchaburi (W7, D4).

On the other hand, Ratchaburi’s form trajectory has taken a downward curve, with the visitors going from back-to-back wins by 2+ goals ‘to nil’ to a three-match winless run in all competitions (D1, L2). While scoring in five consecutive games in the build-up to this trip suggests the ‘Dragons’ are confident of troubling the scoresheet, fending off Port’s free-flowing attack could be a problem. Allowing Port to draw first blood would probably put this fixture beyond Ratchaburi’s reach, knowing they’ve lost all five league matches after conceding the opening goal this season. A lack of fighting spirit is perhaps among the main reasons Carlos Pena’s men commence this round level on points with relegation-threatened Trat. That’s not to mention they’re one of just three Thai League 1 sides yet to win on hostile turf (D4, L4).

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