Metallurg vs Avangard. Will Magnitka take revenge for the defeat of a week ago in Omsk?

Two giants of the Eastern Conference - Metallurg and Avangard, on October 17 will hold their second face-to-face match this season. The meeting will take place in Magnitogorsk, on the ice of the local Metallurg Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Metallurg vs Avangard


Last season, Metallurg surprised many with a radical change in the playing pattern, when the coaching staff of Ilya Vorobyov replaced pragmatic hockey with an attacking style. As a result - the first place in the regular season, getting into the final of the Gagarin Cup and the sympathy of third-party fans. At the start of the current championship, Magnitogorsk did not abandon its last year's style, focusing on attacking hockey, but the defense suddenly began to fail. In the first four matches of the championship, Metallurg conceded 19 goals, and of the giants, only CSKA was in rivals (2-6 defeat), the team missed the remaining 13 from Torpedo, Severstal and Amur.

After that, the coaching staff of Metallurg made certain adjustments, and in the future there were practically no such failures. The only exception was the home match at the end of September against Neftekhimik, when Magnitka again played carelessly in defense, losing to an outsider 5-6. In general, Metallurg had quite a successful start in the first month and a half of the championship, scoring 11 victories in 17 matches. At the moment, the team has 24 points scored, and the current second position in the Eastern Conference standings.


In contrast to Metallurg, the results of Avangard look. Omsk frankly fell down at the start of the championship, which has already led to the resignation of the head coach. Dmitry Ryabykin, who replaced Bob Hartley, a cult for Omsk, in the offseason, who failed to manage the team. There are a number of objective reasons, including a super-difficult calendar that forced Avangard to play away all September, and injuries to the main squad players. Nevertheless, even with such problems, Avangard had no right to play so weakly, at some point sinking to the bottom of the standings. The last straw was a home defeat against Kunlun, in which Avangard never scored on its own, while conceding four goals into its own net.

Now Mikhail Kravets, who worked in the Avangard coaching staff together with Dmitry Ryabykin, has been appointed acting. The debut turned out to be successful, in the home match against Amur, Omsk residents managed to take two points, beating their neighbors in the standings with a score of 4-1. This victory allowed Avangard to return to the cup eight in the East, with 15 points scored Omsk just occupy the eighth position.

Metallurg vs Avangard


On October 8, the rivals met in Omsk, and that meeting ended rather unexpectedly. The Avangard, which is in a game crisis, gave the best game of the season, defeating the powerful Metallurgist with a score of 5-1. Another significant moment in this confrontation is last year's quarter-final series in the playoffs, when the rivals showed phenomenal performance, scoring 51 goals for two in seven matches. The final victory was then won by Metallurg, winning the decisive match with a score of 4-0. In total, the rivals met 64 times in the KHL, 30 wins for Metallurg, 34 for Avangard.

Odds from download 1xbet

In the upcoming match, the bookmaker gives a slight preference to the hosts, setting up odds of 2.1 for the victory of Metallurg's hockey players, while the chances of Avangard's success are estimated at 3.05. You should not exclude the option with a draw at the end of the main 60 minutes of the match, you can bet on such a development of events for 4.1. As for performance, 1xbet bookmaker is inclined to the option with a large number of goals scored: Total over (4.5) - 1.50, Total under (4.5) - 2.55. Download 1xbet to your phone and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Despite the recent confident victory on home ice, it is unlikely that Avangard will be able to repeat this on the road. Problems with the squad, an incomprehensible situation with the head coach - all this does not add optimism to the fans of the Omsk club. Especially in the rivals of Metallurg, who is not yet as convincing as last season, but, nevertheless, does not fall below a certain level. Our prediction is that Metallurg will win in regular time with odds of 2.04.

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