Lokomotiv vs CSKA. Will the railway workers revive the intrigue in the quarterfinals?

Yaroslavl "Arena 2000 - Lokomotiv" on March 21 will be the venue for the next match of the quarterfinal series of the Gagarin Cup between the local Lokomotiv and Moscow CSKA. At the moment, the army team leads the series with a score of 2-0.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv vs CSKA


For the third season in a row, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv is in danger of completing its cup campaign at the capital's CSKA. The first round did not bring any unpleasant surprises for the Yaroslavl team. Vityaz from Moscow Region was noticeably inferior in class to the railroad workers, so the victory in five matches turned out to be quite predictable. The key, in the confrontation with the Vityaz, was Lokomotiv's excellent defensive play, only six missed goals in five games played.

It has not yet been possible to maintain such a high level in rivalry with CSKA. The army team has collected better performers in attack, so it is not necessary to rely only on defense in this rivalry. In the attack, Lokomotiv is experiencing serious problems, first of all, with the implementation. 77 shots on target army gates in two matches and only two abandoned washers, it will be difficult to beat the army team with such efficiency. For comparison, in the same two matches, the army team threw Lokomotiv on target only 30 times, but managed to score five times. Thus, Lokomotiv starts the series with two away defeats 0-2 and 2-3, seriously complicating their future cup prospects.


The army team is more and more reminiscent of last year's model, when the team added already during the playoffs, eventually winning the Gagarin Cup. And now, despite not the brightest regular season, the army team is progressively moving up, adding from match to match. The first round of the playoffs turned out to be quite uneven for the army team. A couple of matches against Severstal, the capital's hockey players frankly failed, primarily by playing carelessly on the defensive. Nevertheless, the sensation did not happen, the higher class of army hockey players eventually affected and CSKA brought the cup series of the first round to victory.

The locomotive is a completely different irritant and the first matches of the quarterfinals only confirmed this. Both matches in Moscow, the army team played extremely collected, avoiding unforced errors in defense. The Swedish goalkeeper of the army team Adam Reideborn played excellently in these matches, repelling 75 shots out of 77. struggle.

Lokomotiv vs CSKA


Last season, the cup series between CSKA and Lokomotiv also began with two home victories for the army team. Moving to Yaroslavl did not help Lokomotiv, two more defeats put an end to the railwaymen's cup ambitions - Series 1 winner 5.52. As practice shows, home ice does not give much advantage to Lokomotiv hockey players, over the past five years, rivals have met 16 times in Yaroslavl, and the hosts have won in seven games, while the army team has won nine victories. In total, in the KHL, the rivals met each other 61 times, Lokomotiv has 24 wins, CSKA has 37.

Odds from download 1xbet

Moving the series to Yaroslavl, according to the bookmaker, equalizes the chances of success for each of the teams. 1xbet offers the following quotes for the result of the regular time of the match: Lokomotiv win - 2.41, draw - 3.55, CSKA win - 2.85. Predictably, the bookmaker does not expect high performance from this rivalry: total over (4.5) - 2.29, total under (4.5) - 1.6. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Lokomotiv, in fact, is now cornered. The third defeat in a row reduces the chances of railroad workers to continue the cup campaign to almost zero. There are no options, you need to look for your happiness at the gates of others, deviating from the usual defensive tactics. We look forward to more open hockey in the third game, which should have a positive impact on performance. Our prediction is Total Over 4.5 with odds of 2.29.

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