SKA vs CSKA. Who will win in the battle of two army teams?

The third "army derby" of the current season will be held this time in St. Petersburg. It is there, in the Ice Palace, that the leaders of the Western Conference, SKA and CSKA, will fight on December 21.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on SKA vs CSKA


The St. Petersburg team can safely record the first part of the regular season as an asset. Wards of Roman Rotenberg gave out a fiery two-month starting period, immediately securing a noticeable points lead in the standings. In the first 25 matches of the championship, SKA lost only twice, immediately defining themselves as the main favorites of the current championship. Newbies fit perfectly into the game concept of the St. Petersburg club. Acquired in the offseason, Nikishin, Zhafyarov, Khairullin without much buildup became the leaders of the club, gaining 95 points for three already for performance.

The only serious bad segment in the championship for the St. Petersburg team came in November, when the army team managed to lose six out of eight matches played. But this failure was rather local in nature, later the army team gathered again, having issued a series of six victorious matches in a row before the break in the championship. Such a winning streak only strengthened the leading positions of the army team, now SKA already has 69 points, which is 15 more than the closest competitor in the Western Conference.


One of the competitors is just the second army club - Moscow CSKA. The capital's army team was second in the Western Conference for a long time, but an unsuccessful stretch before the pause in the championship allowed Yaroslavl Lokomotiv to bypass CSKA in the standings. Over the past ten days of the championship, the army team lost twice at home to Omsk Avangard 2-3 and Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo 2-4, as well as on the road to Magnitogorsk Metallurg 1-2. This sad series was diluted with a single victory over their frank outsider HC Sochi, whom the army team beat away with a score of 4-2.

A series of defeats threw the wards of Sergei Fedorov into third place, now CSKA has 53 points scored. It is almost impossible to win back the leading SKA by 16 points, so the main task for CSKA is to regain second place. Only one point separates the capital club from the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, so in the near future the army team may well return to the second position.



The upcoming meeting of the two army teams will be their anniversary, the hundredth, played in the KHL draw. So far, the advantage of five victories is on the side of SKA, the St. Petersburg team won in 52 matches, while the capital's army team was stronger in 47 games. During the current season, SKA and CSKA have played two head-to-head matches, one in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg. Both matches ended in favor of the St. Petersburg army team, SKA first won away 3-2, and a month ago achieved a convincing victory on home ice, defeating the capital team with a score of 6-2.

Odds from download 1xbet

In the upcoming battle between the two giants of domestic hockey, the bookmaker gives preference to the hosts, putting up odds of 2.19 for SKA to win in regular time. A similar outcome in favor of CSKA is tentatively estimated at 3.30, a draw option can be taken as 4.0. As for the expected performance, this time 1xbet offers the following quotes: Total over (4.5) - 1.57, Total under (4.5) - 2.35. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Not so often in recent years, but it is SKA that is the clear favorite for the upcoming derby. The St. Petersburg team has an almost perfectly balanced team, where the threat can come from every link. The capital club in this regard is noticeably inferior to St. Petersburg teammates, for the fourth month in search of optimal game combinations. Also, it is not necessary to remind once again what an irritant CSKA is for St. Petersburg, so there is no question of any underestimation of the opponent. Our prediction is for SKA to win in regular time with odds of 2.19.

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