Metallurg vs CSKA. How will the next meeting of last year's Gagarin Cup finalists end?

Magnitogorsk "Arena Metallurg" on December 2 will be the venue for the central match of the next game day in the KHL. The local Metallurgist will host the current holder of the Gagarin Cup, CSKA Moscow, on home ice.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Metallurg vs CSKA


Magnitogorsk played the first part of November not in the best way, allowing a four-match failure. To some extent, the difficult calendar in this segment of the championship can serve as an excuse, which has identified Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv, SKA and Avangard as rivals for Metallurg. A series of failures cost Metallurg leadership in the East, Avtomobilist took advantage of the misfire, heading the conference standings.

Metallurg's gaming crisis did not drag on. In the next six matches of the regular season, Magnitka took 11 points out of 12 possible, losing only once in overtime to Avtomobilist. In the last game, the wards of Ilya Vorobyov showed off enough over Kunlun, defeating the Chinese club on the road with a score of 6-1, and after the first period Magnitogorsk was inferior in the score 0-1. After this victory, Metallurg reduced the gap from the leading Avtomobilist as much as possible, with 50 points gained, yielding only one point to the direct competitor. Novosibirsk Siberia breathes in the back of Metallurg, lagging behind Magnitogorsk by three points.


The army team, as well as Metallurg, are currently second in their conference, having almost the same number of points - 51. Another parallel with Metallurg is an equally unsuccessful beginning of November. The army crisis was a little shorter and cost three lost matches. The wards of Sergei Fedorov lost in turn to Neftekhimik 3-4, Lokomotiv 2-3 and Spartak 1-2 in the capital derby. After that, the army team gave out a series of four victorious matches, which was interrupted in St. Petersburg by a major defeat from the local SKA with a score of 2-6. In fact, that game was decisive in the struggle for leadership in the West, in case of success, the capital team reduced the gap from their St. Petersburg teammates to a minimum.

At the moment, the two army teams are separated by 10 points, so CSKA should think more about maintaining the second position than fighting for the championship. And here everything is much more complicated. The advantage over the coming third Yaroslavl Lokomotiv is minimal and is only one point. The position of the army team is complicated by the injury of the leading defender Darren Dietz, received by him in the game against SKA. According to preliminary forecasts, Dietz will be forced to miss about a month, that is, at best, his appearance on the ice should be expected closer to the New Year.

Metallurg vs CSKA


Still fresh in the memory of last year's battle of these rivals in the final of the Gagarin Cup. Metallurg led the series with a score of 3-1, but then managed to lose three matches in a row, thereby giving the honorary trophy to the army club. These teams opened the current regular season with a head-to-head match on September 1, and again success was on the side of the army team. The home victory of CSKA with a score of 6-2 was the 23rd for the army team for the entire time of the rivalry of these teams in the KHL. Metallurg has one less victory, and recently Magnitogorsk has been playing more successfully in Moscow.

Odds from download 1xbet

The bookmaker 's office 1xbet offers the following quotes for the outcome of the match: Metallurg's victory in regular time - 2.55, a draw - 3.85, CSKA's victory - 2.55. The bookmaker does not single out a clear favorite, leaving each of the rivals an equal chance of success. As for performance, this time there is a slight bias towards a large number of goals scored: Total over (4.5) - 1.79, Total under (4.5) - 2.02. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

We are waiting for a meeting of approximately equal teams in terms of level, where luck can smile at each of the rivals. Still, the chances of Metallurg to win look preferable. Magnitogorsk is looking for revenge for last year's humiliating defeat in the Gagarin Cup final, when Metallurg was unable to take a decisive step, losing in three matches in a row. Now the home stands will drive Metallurg hockey players forward and this should be a key factor in the upcoming match. Our prediction is Metallurg's victory, taking into account overtime and a shootout with a coefficient of 1.9.

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