Torpedo vs Admiral. Whose gaming philosophy will be stronger?

The unexpected leader of the Western Conference, Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, will play a home match on September 12 against representatives of the Far East - the Admiral hockey club from Vladivostok.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Torpedo vs Admiral


Igor Larionov continues to amaze the hockey community. To take the helm of a KHL club without much coaching experience, with a middling team at hand, and in just one season to create an original team with its own playing philosophy - such a result deserves respect. Larionov did not change anything in the game model that was working and bearing fruit, still focusing on attacking play. Already at the end of last season, Nizhny Novgorod became third in the League in terms of the number of goals scored, with an average of three goals per match. At the start of the current season, this figure has already reached five goals scored per match, which speaks volumes about the correct vector of the club’s development.

At the same time, it cannot be said that car manufacturers were lucky with the calendar at the start of the season. Torpedo played the first two matches of the championship against the giants of the Western Conference - St. Petersburg SKA and Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. An ideal result, two victories (5-2 over Lokomotiv on the road and 4-3 in a home game against SKA), and the victories were well deserved; the Nizhny Novgorod team played both matches from a position of strength, playing first against the favorite. The third victory in the championship was won at home over Dynamo Minsk. A far from ideal defensive game (four missed goals) was fully compensated by effective offensive actions (six goals scored). The result is a 6:4 victory and Torpedo leads the Western Conference standings, having a 100% result in three meetings.


While the automakers surprised everyone last season with their attacking play, Admiral adhered to a radically opposite gaming philosophy, relying on reliable defensive play. Leonid Tambiev's team became second in the League in terms of the number of goals conceded, conceding an average of two goals per match. In the opening matches of the current championship, there are no significant changes in the Admiral’s game structure; it’s still the same game as number two, with an emphasis on counterattacking hockey.

Such tactics did not work in the opening game against CSKA, which the Far Easterners played in Moscow. They failed to hold off the powerful attack of the army team, and in the end the Admiral lost 1-4. But the next two matches, which Admiral also played away, already brought points to the team. First, the sailors played 1-1 with Vityaz, losing to the Moscow region team only in a shootout, and then achieved a convincing victory 6-2 over Moscow Spartak. Now the team has three points and intermediate eighth place in the East.

Torpedo vs Admiral


For 12 games already, the winner in this pair is determined based on the results of regular time - there is no overtime 1.21. In total, during his stay in the KHL, Admiral played eight official matches in Nizhny Novgorod, while managing to beat the home team four times. The last time this happened was last season, when Admiral was stronger with a score of 3-1. In total, the history of the relationship between these two teams includes 17 meetings, 8 victories for Torpedo, 9 for Admiral. At the same time, the goal difference in favor of the Nizhny Novgorod team is 43-37. In August, the teams met in a control match as part of the pre-season preparations and that match went to Admiral, who won with a score of 2-1.

Odds from download 1xbet

Judging by the bookmaker's quotes, the chances of the hosts winning the match are much higher: Torpedo's victory is 1.71, against Admiral's victory for 4.1. Only twice in the entire history of the meetings did the teams reach overtime; you can bet on a draw, so rare for this rivalry, for 4.7. As for the total performance of teams, 1xbet offers the following odds: total over (4.5) – 1.51, total under (4.5) – 2.49. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

We are waiting for a meeting of two teams with completely different game concepts. If Torpedo players, regardless of the status of their opponents, always play on their own, with a serious bias towards attack, then the Admiral adheres to a diametrically opposite style. In the battle of two gaming philosophies, let's put it on the attack. Torpedo is now on the move, which is once again proven by the victorious matches against the championship favorites, Lokomotiv and SKA. Our prediction is Torpedo to win in regular time with odds of 1.71.

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