Ak Bars vs CSKA. Who will start the final series with a win?

The final of the Gagarin Cup of the 2022/23 season starts on April 17 with a match in Kazan. Hockey players of the two best teams of the current season - Ak Bars and CSKA will take to the ice of the local Tatneft Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs CSKA

Ak Bars

For the Kazan club, this is already the fifth entry into the Gagarin Cup final, the Bars took the honorary trophy three times, and under the guidance of one coach - Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. Bilyaletdinov is back at the helm of the club, returning to the Ak Bars coaching bridge during the current season. It was the return of the master of the domestic coaching workshop to the Kazan club that became the starting point for a qualitative breakthrough for Ak Bars. The team seriously added in the second part of the regular season, having managed, after an unsuccessful start in the tournament, to become the first in the Eastern Conference.

The path to the playoff final for Ak Bars turned out to be quite simple. In the first round, Kazan outplayed their neighbors from Nizhnekamsk, the hockey club Neftekhimik, in six matches. All the same six matches were required for Kazan in the second round, where Admiral from Vladivostok was in rivals with Ak Bars. Surprisingly enough, but the semi-final series turned out to be the shortest. The rivalry with the Omsk Avant-garde was expected to be extremely stubborn, but in the end, Barca lost only once (2-3 at home), in turn, scoring four victories (twice 3-2 at home, as well as 3-2 and 1-0 away).


The army team has reached the Gagarin Cup final for the fifth consecutive season, and twice, in the 2018/19 and 21/22 seasons, CSKA won the final. Thus, the army team are the current holders of the Gagarin Cup. The capital club spent the regular season without much brilliance, almost from the starting segment hopelessly behind their St. Petersburg teammates. Nevertheless, the wards of Sergei Fedorov became the second in the West, having managed to bypass Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo literally at the finish of the championship.

Unlike Ak Bars, the army team went through the starting rounds of the playoffs with a creak, twice bringing the matter to the seventh match. In the first round, CSKA hacked to death with Severstal, managing to put a winning point only in the seventh game, winning at home with a score of 5-3. Similarly, the quarter-final series against the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv was developing for the army team. And again everything was decided in the seventh match, and again the army team finished everything with a 5-0 home victory. In the semi-finals, the army team was already habitually expected by St. Petersburg SKA. And again CSKA turned out to be stronger than their St. Petersburg teammates, giving the opponent only two matches.

Ak Bars vs CSKA


Ak Bars and CSKA have met only once in the playoffs of the Gagarin Cup in the entire history of the KHL. It happened in the 17/18 season, and, as now, it was the final. Ak Bars turned out to be stronger then, winning the series with a score of 4-1 - victory in the series of Ak Bars 2.02. In the current playoffs, Barca have scored 22 goals in 9 matches on home ice, that is, an average of 2.4 goals per game. During the same 9 away matches, CSKA scored 28 goals, that is, an average of 3.1 per match. Both games between these teams in the regular season ended in victory for the guests. First, Ak Bars won a big 5-1 victory in Moscow, to which the army team responded with their own guest victory 3-2.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the fact that the first match will be held in Kazan, 1xbet specialists believe that the army team has more chances to start the final series with a victory: Ak Bars' victory in regular time is 2.9, while CSKA's victory can be taken with odds of 2.3. Overtime cannot be ruled out, a draw based on the results of regular time is offered with a coefficient of 3.75. As for abandoned pucks, here the bookmaker offers the following quotes: total over (4.5) - 2.19, total under (4.5) - 1.66. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

As the practice of recent seasons shows, the final series rarely starts with a scoring match. The price of a mistake is high, there is not much point in taking risks already in the first match. It is unlikely that the current final will be an exception. Both Ak Bars and CSKA can hardly be called adventurous teams, there is rather healthy pragmatism here, so the first game of the series will be cautious in the performance of both teams. Our prediction is Total Under 4.5 with odds of 1.66.

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