SJK v OPS (Saturday, 3pm)
OPS have seemingly been written off by the Betfair markets ahead of their clash in the Finnish Ykkonen with SJK.
SJK finished as runners-up last season and that's exactly where they are after four games of this campaign. They won their opening three matches but fell to a defeat last time out at Oulu and although they had a man sent off in the 38th minute they were 2-0 down at the time.
Back on home soil this afternoon, victory for Simo Valakari's side would take them above KooTeePee at the top of the table – a psychological boost even at this early stage of proceedings.
They were strong in Seinäjoki last term but it is interesting to note two of their three losses came against today's opponents – the first one 2-0 and the second 3-2 (they were 3-0 down by half-time).
OPS made a slow start to their season with a home draw against Ilves and defeat at Haka. They've kicked into gear since though and back-to-back victories over Viikingit and PK-35 Vantaa will have the players brimming with confidence again.
Luiz Antônio's men were pretty solid on their travels last year – avoiding defeat in more than 60 per cent of their fixtures – and as mentioned beat SJK twice from two attempts in their own backyard.
The victory at PK-35 on Monday was testament to their resolution as they trailed going into the final 20 minutes and the three goals they scored increased their run of netting in their last four away from the Raatti Stadium.
SJK are the worthy favourites but don't warrant odds as low as 1.62 and that's why I'm making them my lay of the day.
Lay SJK v OPS @ 1.62