Buriram, Chanatip and Chaiman to the fore: 10 questions for Premier League of Thailand 2016

The Thai top flight has undergone a rebranding ahead of the new season, tiding in similarly new set of talking points. John Duerden rounds up the biggest ones ahead of the kick-off on Saturday... 

The Thai Premier League – no, sorry – the Premier League of Thailand (PLT) is about to kick off for a new season.

It has been a tumultuous time in Thai football since the last league action and it will be a relief to talk about the action on the pitch. Ahead of the new campaign FourFourTwo has ten questions that demand answers...

Can anyone stop Buriram United?

This is the big question. In the United States, there are a number of candidates and powerful people desperately trying to stop Donald Trump in the race to become president.

In the Premier League of Thailand, there are a number of teams all obsessed with stopping Buriram United and no wonder because the team have been establishing a dynasty and are making that trophy a permanent resident in the north-east.

Can Suphanburi use the Asian Champions League for motivation?

Suphanburi have settled into life in the top tier since promotion in 2012 and last season was the best yet with a third place. That gave entry to the playoffs for the 2016 Asian Champions League, a fine reward for the ambition and improvements that had been made.

The AFC, however, ruled that the stadium did not meet the tournament's specifications and Suphanburi was not allowed to take their rightful place (and perhaps allowed themselves a smile as Chonburi lost 9-0 in Tokyo).

If the north-westerners can use that slight for motivation, it could be a great season.