SJK - KTP
Seinajoki JK will host KTP in the opening match of the season. SJK are huge favorites, but I think the guests could remain unbeaten here. They will travel with bus, but the distance isn t too long - the driving time is about five hours. SJK are definitely favorites on this match. However, there will be no classic home advantage. OmaSp Stadion, perhaps the most beautiful stadium in the country, will be empty.
SJK had a busy transfer period. Some players left the club, some other arrived, so we need time to evaluate if they are stronger or weaker compared to the last season. Head coach Jani Honkavaara confirmed that Walter Viitala, Tero Mantyla and Mehmet Hetemaj are definitely on the sidelines for this game. The absence of the mentioned trio could be rated as handicap. I will also mention that SJK lost the Supercup match from Inter Turku played in April.
KTP will perform with almost best lineup. Among the key players, only Antti Makijarvi is missing. After a short recovery period, he has been involved in a couple of team exercises, but as a precaution, Makijarvi is out of this match. He could be in line at Friday s home opening match against Honka. KTB head coach Argo Arbeiter said he and his players are not afraid of a situation where the opponents are considered as favorites. He is optimists and he expect a positive result. I think they could upset the hosts.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 03.05. 17:30h