Lokomotiv vs Avtomobilist. What will the teams show on the Yaroslavl ice?

Yaroslavl's Arena-2000 Lokomotiv will host the next match of the KHL regular championship next Wednesday. On September 27, local Lokomotiv will welcome guests from Yekaterinburg, the Avtomobilist hockey club, on their home ice.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv vs Avtomobilist


The main problem for the railway workers at the start of the current championship is the lack of banal stability, which should be the default for a team that sets itself the highest goals. In the opening game of the championship, Lokomotiv lost at home to Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo 2-5, but won the next two matches with the same score 3-2, beating Traktor and SKA at home in turn. The next opponent was HC Sochi, the worst team of last season, and here Igor Nikitin’s team surprised everyone with a minus sign, managing to lose at home with a score of 0-5. This was followed by four victories in a row, with three of them coming away. The winning streak was interrupted again on home ice. In the game against CSKA, the scoreboard showed an equal score of 1-1 for a long time, but at the end of the second period the railway workers missed the second goal, which became decisive in this match.

This defeat threw the Yaroslavl club outside the top three. Lokomotiv now has 12 points out of a possible 18, which corresponds to the current fifth place in the West. The Railwaymen are already traditionally among the best teams in the League in terms of defensive play, but at the same time the attack is noticeably lame. With only 21 goals scored - according to this indicator, Lokomotiv is inferior to almost all teams in the Western Conference, ahead of only the hopeless outsider Vityaz.


If Lokomotiv has not yet lost more than one match in a row this season, then Avtomobilist has already managed to get into a kind of mini-crisis, losing three games in a row. The away voyage along the route Chelyabinsk - Magnitogorsk turned out to be unsuccessful, during which the Urals first lost to Traktor 1-2, and then twice to Metallurg 2-4 and 1-2. It was possible to break the emerging black streak in Ufa, in a duel against the local Salavat Yulaev. The victory for Avtomobilist was brought by the confident play of goalkeeper Evgeniy Alikin, who repelled 29 shots and kept his goal intact, as well as the debut goal at the senior level of Vladislav Razdyakonov, which became the only one in that match.

The away victory in Ufa allowed Avtomobilist to get into the top five in the East. With 12 points scored, the Urals are in fifth place, four points behind the leading Metallurg. The large number of injured does not add optimism to Avtomobilist fans. So, the team went to Yaroslavl without three main defenders (Barantsev, Ebert, Blaker), as well as without young forward Semyon Kizimov.

Lokomotiv vs Avtomobilist


An interesting fact: in the last five home matches of Lokomotiv against Avtomobilist, the railway workers scored only two goals against the guests, leaving the home ice three times without scoring. Both teams will score – No 4.7. In general, judging by the statistics of recent seasons, Avtomobilist is one of Lokomotiv’s most inconvenient opponents in the League. The last time Lokomotiv defeated the Urals was in the 2017/18 season, since then all 9 subsequent matches have invariably ended in favor of Avtomobilist.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the not the most outstanding statistics of personal meetings, the bookmaker is still on the side of Lokomotiv in the upcoming match, offering a victory for the hosts in regular time with odds of 2.1. For comparison, the possible success of Avtomobilist can be taken as 3.2, a draw followed by overtime is set with a coefficient of 4.1. And traditionally, in a game involving Lokomotiv, the bookmaker does not take risks with quotes on the total goals scored, setting approximately comparable odds in both directions: total over (4.5) – 1.91, total under (4.5) – 1.89. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Lokomotiv, after a disappointing defeat to CSKA, is filled with a revengeful mood, and in the upcoming match the railway workers have a great opportunity to get even at Avtomobilist for that unfortunate misfire. Avtomobilist noticeably declined physically, and the team also lost three of its main defenders at once, for whom there is simply no equivalent replacement. Our prediction is Lokomotiv's victory in regular time with odds of 2.1.

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