DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Daniel Antunez and Inter Turku will try to stay perfect for the season when they visit Mike Banner and Jaro, while Etchu Tabe and KuPS host current champions HJK, still looking for their first win.
FF Jaro - Inter Turku
With a perfect record through three games and no goals allowed to their opposition, Daniel Antunez and Inter Turku will be a tough test for Jaro's newfound momentum.
Antunez and Jaro midfielder Mike Banner are both likely to start for their respective teams, as each of them has so far in every game this season.
Inter have staked their claim as early contenders for the Veikkausliiga title, most recently hitting the road to smash newly-promoted Lahti by a bawdy five-goal margin.
They have thoroughly dominated each of their three opponents since the start of the season, and could very well prove too much for a Jaro team which is still in the process of finding its feet.
Jaro were perhaps lucky in their first win of the season during the weekend, benefiting from a late penalty call that was the ultimate decider.
Prior to that game, they were winless in their first two, having allowed a total of six goals during that span.
KuPS - HJK Helsinki
After finally making his season debut - albeit as an attacking player - KuPS defender Etchu Tabe will be eager to once again be on the field when the team look to notch their first victory of the season over the unexpectedly beatable reigning champions HJK Helsinki.
KuPS have been a difficult team to beat this season, reeling off three straight draws to open before finally dropping their first of the new term over the weekend thanks to a late penalty.
HJK stormed to last season's league championship, looking a cut above the rest of their competition, but have shown their cracks so far in 2012.
Their two losses in four games is already half of last year's total figure, and last weekend's loss to MyPa saw them unable to get the job done when it mattered the most.