CSKA vs Lokomotiv. Will the army team take revenge for the recent defeat in Yaroslavl?

The capital's army team will end the calendar year with a home match against Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The meeting with the railway workers will take place on December 30 on the ice of the capital's CSKA Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on CSKA vs Lokomotiv


The army team got into a bad situation, having played by the will of the calendar for a week with all the leaders of the Western Conference. The results were not impressive. Having thrown out all the emotions in the victorious match in St. Petersburg, the capital's hockey players frankly looked weak in the next two matches, having thrown only one puck into the gates of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Moscow Dynamo. As a result, the defeat in Yaroslavl 1-3 and another misfire in the capital derby with fellow countrymen Dynamo 1-2.

The position of the army team is complicated by the injuries of leading hockey players. Thus, the CSKA coaching staff has been forced to do without key defender Darren Dietz for a long period of time, as well as forwards Vitaly Abramov, Danil Yurtaykin, Anton Slepyshev. In an attempt to solve these personnel problems, the army team actively spent the last week of the transfer window, managing to make a mutually beneficial deal with the Omsk Avangard, as a result of which the Slovak defender Kristian Yarosh and forward Vladimir Bryukvin joined the ranks of the capital club. In the opposite direction, followed by defender Bogdan Kiselevich, who noticeably surrendered this season. Two defeats in a row did not allow the army team to regain second place in the West, now the wards of Sergei Fedorov with 57 points scored share third place with fellow countrymen from Dynamo and Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.


The railroad workers fully took advantage of the problems of a direct competitor, gaining a foothold in second place in the Western Conference standings. Lokomotiv has 62 points, the gap from the leading SKA is large - 11 points, so the main task at the moment is to retain the second position, which will provide Yaroslavl with an easier path to the Cup. There are three clubs behind Lokomotiv at once - CSKA, Dynamo Moscow and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. At the moment, the gap between Lokomotiv and its pursuers is five points, so there is no need to talk about guaranteed silver in the West.

The excellent form of the team speaks in favor of Lokomotiv, which is confirmed by the results of recent matches. After a break in the championship, the railway workers only win, and all four victories were obtained in regular time. Lokomotiv alternately beat HC Sochi 2-1, Ak Bars 2-1, CSKA 3-1 and Spartak 2-1. The excellent game in defense attracts attention, for the past five games in a row Lokomotiv has not conceded more than one goal per match.

CSKA vs Lokomotiv


Full-time duel a week ago, held in Yaroslavl, expectedly turned out to be viscous, not replete with sharp moments. In such hockey, Lokomotiv feels like a fish in water, which was confirmed by the final score - 3:1 in favor of the hosts. This victory was the second for the railway workers, in November they beat CSKA in Moscow with a score of 3-2. The army club also has its own victory. September 11, still with the same score 3-2, CSKA beat Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl. In total, in the KHL, the rivals met 57 times, Lokomotiv has 23 wins, the army team has 34.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the noticeable problems of the army club, the bookmaker gives preference to the hosts in the upcoming match, offering CSKA a victory in regular time with a coefficient of 2.11. The option with Lokomotiv's victory can be taken for 3.35, a similar coefficient of 3.6 and for a draw at the end of regular time. The KHL borderline total of 4.5 goals this time is presented with the following quotes: Total over (4.5) - 2.03, Total under (4.5) - 1.78. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The level of rivals is comparable, so it is not worth considering any of the teams as a clear favorite. So we suggest paying attention to the performance of the teams, where the bet on the total less suggests itself. The railway workers have the best defense of the championship, the army team in recent matches are experiencing serious problems in attack, so everything goes to the fact that every goal scored in this match will be worth its weight in gold. Our prediction is Total Under 4.5 with odds of 1.78.

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