Torpedo vs SKA. Will the army team be able to put a winning point in the series?

On Wednesday, March 23, Nizhny Novgorod will host the fourth match of the Gagarin Cup quarterfinal series between the local Torpedo and St. Petersburg SKA. The score in the series is 3-0 in favor of SKA.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Torpedo vs SKA


The Avtozavodskis continue to surprise with their play, even in the play-offs, not retreating from their attacking style. There were some fears that an attacking style of play in elimination games would not work, since the playoffs are more often won with stout defensive play. However, the Nizhny Novgorod club finished the first round of the playoffs in their usual fashion, scoring 17 goals against the Dynamo Moscow. The fact that the Avtomobilets won their last three games against Dynamo in overtime is noteworthy, which again speaks volumes about the playoffs for Igor Larionov's team.

They started the quarterfinal series against SKA St. Petersburg on the road. That had a certain impact on the game. Nizhny Novgorod didn't play their style of play, which paid the price. They lost 1-2, with the deciding goal coming in overtime. The second game was much more fun, with Torpedo managing to score four goals, but conceding five in their own goal. It would seem that moving the series to Nizhny Novgorod should have given the Avtozavodsk team an extra boost, but the first home game for Torpedo hockey players proved to be a failure. The Pitmen's 38 shots on goal proved goalless, a 0-4 defeat and the Nizhny Novgorod side's position was complicated to the max.


For the first time in the past few seasons, the St. Petersburg club is approaching the start of the playoffs as the main favorite for the Gagarin Cup. There are all preconditions for this. St. Petersburg finished first in the regular season, and they did it so confidently that the fate of gold was already decided almost in January. The army team is the best staffed in the League, so even possible injuries will not become critical for the St. Petersburg team, the team's roster has enough players for two squads. Two defeats in the first round confrontation against Dynamo Minsk should not embarrass army fans, SKA was noticeably stronger than their Belarusian opponent and went through to the second round quite easily.

The rivalry with Torpedo also began with the dominance of the army club. On home ice, the wards of Roman Rotenberg, albeit in a bitter struggle, won twice, creating an excellent reserve for themselves before a visit to Nizhny Novgorod. Contrary to expectations, the first away game turned out to be the easiest in the series for the army team. The defense led by goalkeeper Nikolaev worked to zero, and the attack scored its four goals. The score in the series became 3-0, so now SKA hockey players only need to win one victory to reach the semi-finals.

Torpedo vs SKA


Of the nine matches that Torpedo has played in the current playoffs, four times it came to extra time – There will be overtime 4.3. Attention is drawn to the high performance in the rivalry between these teams in Nizhny Novgorod. So, in the last ten matches, the opponents jointly scored 65 goals, that is, an average of 6.5 goals per game - total over (5.5) 1.8. In total, the rivals met 62 times in the KHL, Torpedo has 15 wins, and SKA has 27.

Odds from download 1xbet

The St. Petersburg club has further secured the status of a favorite, the odds for his victory in the fourth match of the series are 2.15. The bookmaker estimates the chances of the Avtozavodtsev winning in regular time at 3.05, the option with a draw in regular time can be taken as 4.3. As for the performance of the teams, 1xbet offers the following quotes: total over (4.5) - 1.55, total under (4.5) - 2.4. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Torpedo players are in an extremely difficult position, any misfire is equated to a departure from the cup. To some extent, the reputation of the team is at stake. It is unacceptable to loose a series in front of your own fans after a bright season, so in the upcoming match you should expect an attacking game from the car manufacturers. There is a certain risk in this, the St. Petersburg team are great on the counterattacks, so goals can rain down both at the gates of SKA and at the gates of Torpedo. Our prediction is Total Over 5.5 with odds of 1.8.

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