CSKA vs SKA. How will the fifth army derby end this season?

Direct competitors in the Western Conference - CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, on January 17 will hold a head-to-head match in Moscow. The meeting will take place on the ice of the capital's CSKA Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on CSKA vs SKA


The time for experiments for the coaching staff of the army club is over, and now CSKA is increasingly reminiscent of last year's model, when the team triumphantly completed the season by winning the Gagarin Cup. Almost all injured hockey players returned to action, the only exception is Danil Yurtaykin, who, apparently, will not play this season. The current form of the army team is eloquently evidenced by the fact that in January the wards of Sergei Fedorov lost only one match, losing 2-4 on the road to the leader of the Eastern Conference - Avtomobilist from Yekaterinburg.

There were many more victories. The army team won twice at home - 3:2 fellow countrymen from Dynamo and 2:0 HC Sochi, and then also twice away - 2:1 Traktor and 5:2 Barys. We are not talking about the championship in the West now, the gap from the leading SKA is too large, so the main task for the army team is to become second in the regular season. At the moment, CSKA has 69 points, direct competitors Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl have 68 and 67 points, respectively.


The St. Petersburg club practically guaranteed itself the championship following the results of the regular season, largely due to the excellent starting segment, which SKA hockey players went through almost perfectly. Separate misfires are absolutely not critical for Roman Rotenberg's wards, the points backlog created in the first half of the championship allows the army team not to force preparations for the playoffs, calmly finishing the end of the regular championship. The advantage over the nearest pursuer, which is precisely the capital's army team, at the moment is 13 points, which, taking into account the remaining 18 championship matches, practically removes all questions about the winner of the regular championship.

Like teammates from Moscow, the St. Petersburg army team played five matches in 2023, showing identical results in these games. The only defeat was on a visit to Ufa, where the army team lost with a score of 1-5 to local Salavat Yulaev. Two victories were won on the road - 9:3 in Chelyabinsk over Tractor and 6:3 over HC Sochi, to which the army team added two more home victories over capital clubs - 3:2 over Spartak and 2:0 over Dynamo.



This season, the army derby has so far been held with varying degrees of success. It all started with the dominance of the St. Petersburg club, SKA won on the road in October 3-2, and then in November they beat their principal rival with a score of 6-2 already on their own ice. CSKA took a kind of revenge in December, when they won two victories over the St. Petersburg team during the week, winning 2-1 away and 3-1 at home. As for the relationship between CSKA and SKA throughout the history of the KHL, now this confrontation has already totaled 101 matches. In terms of the number of victories won, the St. Petersburg club is ahead, SKA has 52 victories, while CSKA won the derby 49 times.

Odds from download 1xbet

The bookmaker leaves the playing teams approximately equal chances of final success, setting the following odds for the outcome of the regular time of the match: CSKA win - 2.55, draw - 4, SKA win - 2.7. Also, there is no particular tilt in any direction in terms of quotes for the expected performance. The base for the KHL total of 4.5 goals scored by 1xbet this time is presented with the following quotes: Total over (4.5) - 1.88, Total under (4.5) - 1.93. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Two defeats in a row from the most principled opponent seriously hit the ambitions of the St. Petersburg club, for which CSKA is the main irritant of recent years in the KHL. It is hard to imagine that SKA will lose to the capital's army team for the third time. We look forward to a tough fight, where the higher individual skill of the SKA leaders will ultimately affect. Our prediction is the victory of SKA, taking into account overtime and a shootout with a coefficient of 2.01.

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