Ak Bars vs Amur. How will the visit of the Far Easterners to Kazan end?

Ak Bars hockey players will open the next game month of the regular KHL championship with a home match against Khabarovsk Amur. The meeting with representatives of the Far East will take place on October 1 on the ice of the Kazan Tatneft Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs Amur

Ak Bars

As befits one of the main favorites of the League, the Kazan club did not speed up its preparations for the championship, relying on the second part of the season. So far, Bilyaletdinov’s team, albeit without much brilliance, are collecting their points, confidently staying at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The star attacking line fully meets the expectations of experts; 36 goals scored is the best indicator of all teams in the Eastern Conference. While there are certain problems in defense, 27 goals conceded in 11 matches played is too much for a potential champion, but the absence of Vyacheslav Voinov has an effect here to some extent. The key defensive hockey player of Ak Bars was injured in the first match of the championship against CSKA, and is still recovering.

Ak Bars played the last away series on the route Minsk - Nizhny Novgorod not in the best way, taking only one point out of four possible. Barsy lost to Dynamo Minsk with a score of 2-3, but in Nizhny Novgorod after the end of regular time the scoreboard showed 1-1, but in overtime luck was on the side of the Torpedo hockey players. After these two misfires, the Kazan club dropped to third place in the Eastern Conference, with 15 points scored, two points behind the leading Metallurg.


The Khabarovsk team is still openly disappointing, not living up to the expectations that were placed on the team at the end of the summer off-season. The large-scale transfer campaign, as a result of which the ranks of Amur were joined by quite serious performers by KHL standards, still raises serious questions. American center forward Alex Broadhurst, who came from Omsk Avangard in the summer, is out for an indefinite period. Alexander Khokhlachev, who started brightly, noticeably wilted in the last matches and stopped scoring points. The Khabarovsk team has only 20 goals scored in 10 matches played, which is by far the absolute worst result in the East.

The Far Easterners come to Kazan with a series of four defeats in a row behind them, and Amur suffered three of them on his home ice, where in past seasons the team scored points quite consistently. The away series also began with a defeat; in Nizhnekamsk, Amur lost to the local Neftekhimik 2-3, having played unsuccessfully in the post-match shootout. A series of defeats threw the Khabarovsk club beyond the cup eight, now Amur with 9 points scored is only tenth in the East, risking falling to the very bottom in the near future.

Ak Bars vs Amur


In the last three matches of Amur in Kazan, the Far Easterners consistently scored two goals into the Ak Bars goal. At the same time, such performance did not particularly help the Khabarovsk team; for 13 matches, starting from the 2013/14 season, Amur has not been able to beat Ak Bars on its ice. The general statistics of the relationship between Ak Bars and Amur in the KHL are also in favor of the Kazan team. In 37 matches played, the Kazan team won 29, leaving Amur with only 8 victories. Accordingly, the goal difference is also in favor of Bars - 108 to 73.

Odds from download 1xbet

Bookmaker quotes for the outcome of the match are quite predictable, so Ak Bars' victory in 1.44 is quite expected. Fans of sensations can bet on Amur's victory with odds of 7, or take the option with a draw in regulation time for 4.4. As for the quotes for the total performance of teams, this time 1xbet offers the following options: total over (4.5) – 1.64, total over (4.5) – 2.32. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both teams are approaching the head-to-head match not in the best mood, having lost their previous matches. But if Ak Bars’s playing condition does not cause any particular concern, then Amur, having fallen into a protracted dive, risks being left without a coach after the first month of the championship. Ak Bars is simply stronger in each of the lines of play, and even if it is not in the best physical condition, it must beat such an opponent due to the higher individual skill of individual hockey players. Our prediction is the victory of Ak Bars with a handicap (-1.5) with odds of 1.85.

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