Neftekhimik vs Traktor. Who will be stronger in the Eastern Conference outsider dispute?

The battle of the outsiders of the Eastern Conference will be held on September 23 in Nizhnekamsk. The local Neftekhimik will receive guests from Chelyabinsk - Traktor hockey club.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Neftekhimik vs Traktor


Last season as a whole can be considered successful for Neftekhimik. The team played fairly smoothly in the regular part of the championship, eventually finishing in seventh place. No miracle happened in the playoffs, already in the first round Neftekhimik lost to Traktor in four matches. During the summer off-season, the club lost three leaders, on which the game of Nizhnekamsk was built. The leading pair of defenders Klok and Knot went overseas in search of happiness, signing a contract with the NHL club Arizona. There were losses in the attacking line, which was left by the local pupil Marat Khairullin, who is now scoring for SKA St. Petersburg.

As the starting month of the championship showed, Neftekhimik's coaching staff failed to fully compensate for the loss of leaders. First of all, this affected the defense, 34 goals conceded is the absolutely worst indicator in the League. The maximum that Oleg Leontiev's wards could achieve in the starting eight matches was to catch one point in the game against CSKA, which in the end Neftekhimik still lost in overtime. At the moment, Neftekhimik is the worst club in the KHL in terms of points scored, with one point behind even HC Sochi.


If the failure of Neftekhimik at the start of the season was not a big surprise, then the September performance of Traktor is one of the biggest disappointments of the championship so far. The dependence on the five legionnaires turned out to be so great that even with a good squad by the standards of the KHL and Gatiyatulin on the coaching bench, the Chelyabinsk club continues to have a serious fever. The goalkeeper team failed, where none of the three domestic goalkeepers ever became a full-fledged number one. Canadian goalkeeper Andrew Hammond, who played in the NHL for such clubs as New Jersey, Montreal, Colorado, Ottawa, was urgently signed.

At the moment, the Chelyabinsk club has only three victories in eight matches played, and Traktor won two of them only in overtime. With six points scored, Anvar Gatiyatulin's wards are still outside the cup eight, occupying only ninth place.

Neftekhimik vs Traktor


Last season, Neftekhimik and Traktor met in the first round of the playoffs of the Gagarin Cup. Despite the convincing final victory in the 4-0 series, the advantage of the Chelyabinsk team was not so great. 4-3, 2-1 and twice 3-2, in each of the won matches Traktor's advantage was equal to one puck. In the current season, the rivals have also already managed to meet. September 16, in Chelyabinsk, Traktor's advantage was overwhelming, which resulted in a final 4-0. The upcoming meeting will be the sixtieth anniversary for the opponents, played in the KHL. The advantage in victories is on the side of the Traktor, who took up in 34 cases.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the fact that the game will be held in Nizhnekamsk, the bookmaker still prefers the away team, setting Tractor's win at odds of 2.16. For comparison, the victory of Neftekhimik can be taken as 2.9, the option with a draw as 4.1. In terms of overall performance, 1xbet bookmaker offers the following quotes for the basic total: Total over (4.5) - 1.46, Total under (4.5) - 2.65. Download 1xbet to your phone and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both teams seriously lacked points at the start of the championship and now should be set only to win. In this regard, the Chelyabinsk Tractor looks more advantageous, which, even with an unbuilt team game, has a number of star hockey players in its arsenal who can decide the outcome of the match through individual actions. Our prediction is Traktor's victory, taking into account overtime and a shootout with a coefficient of 1.73.

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