Dynamo Minsk vs Ak Bars. Dmitry Kvartalnov against his former team

On Tuesday, September 26, Dynamo Minsk will play at home against one of the championship favorites, Ak Bars Kazan. The game will take place on the ice of the Minsk Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Dynamo Minsk vs Ak Bars

Dynamo Minsk

The main transfer of Minsk residents in the summer off-season was not to strengthen the squad, but to the coaching bench. Dmitry Kvartalnov, who is the League record holder among coaches for the number of victories won, returns to big hockey after a year-long break. Adding additional intrigue to the upcoming match is the fact that Kvartalnov’s last club was Ak Bars, where the current coach of the Minsk team worked for three full seasons.

It would be too naive to expect an instant miracle performed by Minsk residents with the arrival of a titled mentor, so it will be possible to evaluate Kvartalnov’s work from a distance. The Minsk team started the championship with two away victories, most notably the defeat of Vityaz with a score of 7-0. But then a black streak followed of four defeats in a row, including from Ak Bars in Kazan. To some extent, the Minsk residents became a victim of the calendar, which forced Dynamo to play the opening six games of the championship on the road. Returning home, the Minsk team lost to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv 1-4, and then took two points, beating Vityaz 3-2. Thus, now Dynamo is only tenth in the West, with 8 points scored.

Ak Bars

The Kazan club, albeit without much brilliance, is confidently collecting its points at the start of the season. The home misfire in the game against HC Sochi can easily be attributed to a banal underestimation; another defeat came in the away match in Ufa against Salavat Yulaev. In the remaining matches, the Kazan team took two points, although twice they had to do this outside of regular time. In overtime they beat the Minsk team, the winning goal was scored by Semenov, and also in overtime they beat Vityaz near Moscow, thanks to an accurate shot by Vadim Shipachev.

Ak Bars is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, with 14 points out of a possible 18. The gap from Magnitogorsk Metallurg, the leader in the East, is minimal - two points, while Leopards played one less match, so the teams are on par in terms of lost points. It is worth noting that Ak Bars is not going to the upcoming trip with the optimal squad. Kazan's injured list includes Voynov, Galimov and Svechnikov.

Dynamo Minsk vs Ak Bars


The last four head-to-head matches between Dynamo Minsk and Ak Bars Kazan ended in a draw in regulation time; overtime was required to determine the winner. The teams evenly divided the victories in these matches, each of the opponents had two successful overtimes. Traveling to Minsk for Bars in recent years has not been something extremely difficult; out of the last ten away matches, Ak Bars defeated Dynamo seven times. The general statistics of the relationship between these two clubs in the KHL are also in favor of Ak Bars. Out of 30 matches played, Bars won 21, while the Minsk team won in 9 meetings. Accordingly, the goal difference is also in favor of Ak Bars 104-74. In the current championship, the rivals met on September 12 in Kazan, and the hosts put the pressure on the Minsk team, converting a 1-1 draw into a 2-1 victory thanks to a goal in overtime.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the guest status of the match, the bookmaker's favorite is Ak Bars, whose odds for victory are 1.97. You can bet on another draw outcome with odds of 4.4; the option with Dynamo winning in regular time can be taken at 3.4. Judging by the quotes from 1xbet, experts expect an effective game from the playing teams: total over (4.5) – 1.55, total under (4.5) – 2.39. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

At the start of the season, the Minsk team looks like an absolutely raw team, and this primarily concerns their defensive play. The team concedes an average of about four goals per match, and so far there has been no positive dynamics in terms of improving defensive play. Now Ak Bars, which has one of the most powerful attacking lines in the League, is coming to visit. Our prediction is Ak Bars Individual Total over 2.5 with odds of 1.66.

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