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Thailand looking to benefit from home advantage

Published on: 20 March 2017

Bangkok: Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang believes Bangkok’s imposing Rajamangala Stadium can provide his side with an added edge when they meet Saudi Arabia in the third round of FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday.

The Thais are currently bottom of Group B with just one point - earned courtesy of a 2-2 home draw with Australia - from their five games thus far, and are looking for revenge following a narrow defeat in Saudi Arabia on Matchday One.

With a spirited performance against Japan at the Rajamangala last September also fresh in the memory, Kiatisuk is now hoping that the country’s passionate fans and iconic stadium can help put the table-topping Saudis off their stride in a game the West Asians can ill afford to lose.

"They [Saudi Arabia] arrived on Friday and started training right away, I think, to show that they mean business,” Kiatisuk told the Bangkok Post.

“But we are ready and we have studied them well. I think the Rajamangala can be intimidating for any visiting team.

“A full-house crowd can lift our team, so it won't be easy for the Saudis to take all the points. We're no pushovers," he added.

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