Ak Bars vs Avangard. How Kazan will complete the home series of games?

On Friday, January 20, Kazan's Tatneft Arena will host the next match of the KHL regular championship. Local Ak Bars on the ice of the home arena will take one of the leaders of the Eastern Conference - Omsk Avangard.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs Avangard

Ak Bars

Kazanians are gradually getting out of the basements of the standings, where they drove themselves with an indistinct game in the first part of the regular season. To do this, Ak Bars had to decide to change the head coach. Titled, but never found a common language with the Kazan stars, Oleg Znark was replaced by the no less titled Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who won the Gagarin Cup three times as a coach. There is no talk of any playing beauty in the performance of the Bars now, the result is at the forefront, so now Kazan is demonstrating purely pragmatic hockey, which, however, is bearing fruit.

The results of Bilyaletdinov's work should already be recognized as successful. Ak Bars, under his leadership, played eight matches, won six in six, scored a point in another, losing in overtime, and lost only once in regular time. The absolutely closed style of play is noteworthy, in these matches Barca scored only 16 goals (an average of 2 goals per match), but only conceded 13, and 7 of them fell on the lost match to Metallurg and Siberia. Thus, Ak Bars is almost close to the top three in the East, with 62 points behind Metallurg, which is in third place, by three points.


The fate of Avangard this season is in many ways similar to the fate of Ak Bars. Omsk experienced the same crumpled start of the championship, already after a month and a half decided on coaching resignation. Mikhail Kravets can hardly be attributed to the giants of the national coaching school, but it was he who managed to revive the original Omsk club, which looked completely lost after the departure of Bob Hartley.

The one and a half week break in the championship in December turned out to be a turning point for Avangard, after which the Omsk players noticeably improved, giving out a series of seven victories in a row. The leader of the Eastern Conference Avtomobilist twice fell under the hot hand, whom Omsk defeated with a score of 5-0 and 7-1. The avant-garde could well have become the leaders of the conference, but two misfires in the games against Siberia 1-3 and Ak Bars 1-2 did not allow Omsk to lead the standings in the East. Now Avangard is in fourth place, having 64 points in its assets, the Omsk club is four points behind the leading Avtomobilist.

Ak Bars vs Avangard


Literally a week ago, Ak Bars managed to beat Avangard in Omsk, having obtained their traditional minimal victory with a score of 2-1. The winners scored Voronkov and Safonov, the only abandoned puck of the Vanguard on account of Gritsyuk. This meeting was the fourth face-to-face match for the rivals this season, but if the first two were won by Avangard - 4:3 and 2:1, now the advantage has passed to the Kazan team - 3:2 and 2:1. In total, during the existence of the KHL, Ak Bars and Avangard have already met 70 times, Bars has a slight advantage in the number of victories won - 37, while Avangard has 33 won matches.

Odds from download 1xbet

On the result of the main time of the match Ak Bars - Avangard 1xbet offers the following odds: Ak Bars win - 2.40, draw - 3.70, Avangard win - 2.75. But in terms of the expected performance, there is no roll in either direction, the quotes for the borderline total for the KHL are identical: Total over (4.5) - 1.9, Total under (4.5) - 1.9. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Peak Avangard is a team that takes its toll with a great game in attack, where the Omsk team has gathered fast and technical forwards. In this regard, Kazan is a complete antipode to the Omsk club, Bilyaletdinov's entire game concept is currently tied to defense. And here the Avangard may have serious problems, during the season Omsk more than once passed in games against rivals playing on defense. The game of a week ago only confirmed this, the Vanguard attack got bogged down in the defensive formations of the Bars, having managed to score only one abandoned puck. Our prediction is the victory of Ak Bars, taking into account overtime and a shootout, with a coefficient of 1.86.

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