Thailand target home victory over Saudis

Thailand face Saudi Arabia in the Group B third round of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers and are hoping for a big advantage when hosting the match at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Thursday.

In the six-team group standings after five matches, Thailand are bottom with one point while the Saudis top the group on 10 points. That lone point was earned against Australia in November when they drew 2-2 in Bangkok.

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Thai coach Kiatisuk Senamuang told the Bangkok Post that their opponents arrived last Friday and began training immediately to get a feel of the pitch and imposing Rajamangala Stadium.

"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.