Lokomotiv vs Metallurg. Will the railroads be able to cope with the leader of the Eastern Conference?

Yaroslavl Lokomotiv on November 3 will hold a home match against Magnitogorsk Metallurg. The meeting with the leader of the Eastern Conference will take place on the ice of the Yaroslavl Arena 2000 Lokomotiv.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv vs Metallurg


After a blurred starting segment of the championship, Lokomotiv gradually got into shape, thereby returning to the top teams in the Western Conference. Of the obvious advantages, the railroad workers again began to play reliably in defense, which is already becoming a signature feature of coach Igor Nikitin. The capital's army team played in a similar style, Nikitin's former team with which he achieved serious success, now a similar game style is increasingly being seen in the Yaroslavl team.

Lokomotiv spent the last two games of the regular season at zero, beating Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod with a minimum score of 2-0, and then Dynamo Minsk 1-0. The main star of these matches was the goalkeeper Ivan Bocharov, who saved 51 shots on his own goal. At the moment, the defense of Lokomotiv is the third most reliable in the League, in terms of the number of missed goals, the railway workers are second only to St. Petersburg SKA and Ufa Salavat Yulaev. Two home victories in a row allowed the railroad workers to come close to the group of leaders in the Eastern Conference, now Lokomotiv is fourth with 33 points, only one point behind Dynamo Moscow, which is in third place.


Magnitogorsk, as well as Lokomotiv, rolled into the season quite hard, but by mid-September it had gained a decent playing shape, returning to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. At one time, the Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist was on a par with Metallurg, but already in October the leading duet broke up, and Metallurg gradually began to break away. At the moment, the wards of Ilya Vorobyov already have 37 points, which is four points more than the closest pursuers from Ufa Salavat Yulaev. At the same time, the lag behind the absolute leader of the St. Petersburg SKA championship is already ten points, so Metallurg is still seriously losing the fight for the championship following the results of the regular season.

Metallurg's current game form is impressive. In October, the team has only three defeats, two of which occurred in the first week of the month. Now the Urals are planning another winning streak, which currently has four won matches. Like Lokomotiv, Metallurg has two clean sheets in these matches (5-0 over Barys and 3-0 over Avtomobilist), which once again speaks of the team's game balance. Metallurg scores a lot, the second result in the League, but this does not come at the expense of the defense, where behind the backs of the defenders there are experienced Koshechkin and Pasquale.

Lokomotiv vs Metallurg


In the last championship, both meetings between Lokomotiv and Metallurg ended in victory for the hosts. It all started in Yaroslavl, where Lokomotiv crushed an uncompromising opponent, scoring a minimal victory with a score of 3-2. The match in Magnitogorsk developed according to a similar scenario, with only one difference - Metallurg won with a score of 3-1. In total, the teams have met 30 times in the KHL, the minimum advantage in terms of the number of victories won on the side of Lokomotiv is 16 against Metallurg's 14 victories.

Odds from download 1xbet

One of the rare matches for the KHL, where the bookmaker evaluates the victory of each of the playing teams with absolutely equal odds - 2.5. A draw according to the results of the regular time of the match is offered by 1xbet bookmaker with a coefficient of 3.95. As for the expected performance in the upcoming match, here the quotes are as follows: Total over (4.5) - 1.65, Total under (4.5) - 2.21. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both teams have shown in recent matches that they are quite capable of shutting down the game, playing to zero in defense. First of all, such rationality is inherent in Lokomotiv, but Metallurg, with all its penchant for attacking hockey, is unlikely to play in an adventurous manner on the upcoming difficult outing. We expect teams to close the game, where you can not count on scoring extravaganza. Our prediction is Total under 5.5 with odds of 1.55.

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