Avangard vs CSKA. Which of the opponents will be stronger on the Omsk ice?

The rich program of the next game day in the KHL on February 9 starts with a match in Omsk. The newest G-Drive Arena will become a meeting place for the local Avangard and CSKA Moscow.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Avangard vs CSKA


The confusion at the top of the Eastern Conference standings leaves several teams with chances for the championship at once, one of which is the Omsk Avangard. The first and fifth places in the East are currently separated by only five points, so there will definitely be certain changes within the top five. Fifth place is now occupied by Avangard, who scored 72 points in 59 matches played. The duet of Ak Bars and Siberia is in the lead, they have 77 points each, but at the same time they have played one match more than the Omsk team.

To some extent, Avangard summed up a frankly weak start to the season, following which the team changed its head coach. Mikhail Kravets managed to find a common language with Omsk stars and now Avangard looks quite competitive at the level of championship leaders. Avangard did not play the last matches in the best way, having played a rather mediocre four-match away series in the Far East. Omsk achieved only one victory over Admiral 3-2, twice losing to Amur with the same score 2-3 and once to Admiral 1-2. Now Avangard will have to play 8 games at once on home ice, which significantly increases the team's chances for a high place in the regular season.


The army team, for the first time in several years, dropped out of the fight for the championship in the West ahead of schedule, losing virtual gold to teammates from St. Petersburg. The main task of CSKA hockey players for the remaining 9 matches of the regular season is to try to return to second place, thereby ensuring a simpler grid in the knockout games. And here the fiery ending awaits the army team, because in addition to CSKA, Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Moscow Dynamo also claim second place. While the second place is occupied by car manufacturers, with 82 points scored, ahead of the third-placed army team by one point.

The army team has been in a decent fever lately, the team can either win a convincing victory or lose sensationally. Unpleasant surprises include two home misfires last week, when Sergei Fedorov's wards lost 1-4 to Severstal and 5-6 to Barys. The defeat from Barys looks especially offensive, when, after two periods, the army team was leading with a score of 4-2, eventually allowing the opponent to first transfer the game to overtime, and then completely achieve victory.

Avangard vs CSKA


This will be the second face-to-face match of these rivals this season. The first game was held on November 30 in Moscow and ended with the victory of Avangard with a score of 3-2. Sorkin and Mamin scored goals for the army team, Tolchinsky scored two goals for the Omsk team and Kristian Yarosh scored one, who just moved to CSKA before the New Year. In total, during the existence of the KHL, Avangard and CSKA had 39 face-to-face meetings, 14 victories against the Omsk team, and the army team won 25 times.

Odds from download 1xbet

It is quite a rare case for the KHL when the bookmaker sets absolutely identical odds for the victory of each of the teams. In our case, this is a coefficient of 2.55. The variant with a draw at the end of the regular time of the match can be taken for 3.8. It is also worth noting that in 1xbet betting shop they expect high performance from the upcoming match, which is eloquently indicated by the quotes for the total 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

The burden of responsibility does not put much pressure on the teams, the army team has already guaranteed themselves a place in the playoffs, the Vanguard is literally one step away from this. All this makes it possible for teams to play open hockey without focusing too much on defensive actions. This is also evidenced by the latest results - both Avangard, and especially CSKA, in recent matches they both score and concede a lot. Our prediction is Total Over 4.5 with odds of 1.79.

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