Avtomobilist vs Traktor. What will the Chelyabinsk club show after changing its head coach?

On Friday, October 13, Ekaterinburg Avtomobilist will welcome guests from Chelyabinsk, the Traktor hockey club, at its home Uralets Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Avtomobilist vs Traktor


At the start of the season, the Ural club is experiencing serious personnel problems, which, however, does not prevent Avtomobilist from demonstrating fairly high-quality hockey. Leading defenseman Nick Ebert was injured during preseason training camp and did not appear on the ice in official matches. By mid-September, two more key defensive players, Denis Barantsev and Jesse Blaker, remained out of the game, so now Avtomobilist’s defensive line looks to some extent experimental. Following the defenders, the epidemic of injuries also overtook the forwards. And if young Denezhkin and Kizimov are still more likely to be rotation players, then Curtis Volk is a key hockey player in Avtomobilist’s attacking schemes.

However, the Urals are still coping well without injured hockey players, and are deservedly among the top three in the East. At the moment, Avtomobilist has 22 points in 17 matches played, which corresponds to third position in the Eastern Conference standings. In the last five matches, the Urals have only one defeat; the trip to Ufa was unsuccessful, where Nikolai Zavarukhin’s team lost to the local Salavat Yulaev with a score of 1-4.


An entire era has ended for the Chelyabinsk club. Anvar Gatiyatulin, a cult coach for Traktor, was dismissed after a frankly unclear start to the championship. Having at hand a fairly powerful roster by KHL standards, Gatiyatulin was never able to stabilize the game of his players, losing more often in the championship than winning. The last straw was a dry home defeat 0-4 from Salavat Yulaev, immediately after which Gatiyatulin was dismissed at the post-match press conference.

Now Gatiyatulin’s assistant, Alexey Zavarukhin, has been appointed acting assistant, but it is already clear that this is a temporary figure. Rumors are sent to Traktor by Ilya Vorobyov or Oleg Znarok, but this is still just speculation by journalists. The first match under the leadership of the new coach can hardly be called successful; Traktor lost away to Barys 1-2, but then managed to win a strong-willed victory in Novosibirsk over Siberia 5-4. Thus, Traktor managed to climb to fifth place, with 20 points scored.

Avtomobilist vs Traktor


In the last three games against Traktor, the Avtomobilist hockey players have consistently scored just one puck in the opponent's goal Individual Total 1 under (1.5) 2.82. It is quite logical that in all these matches it was Traktor that won, twice 2-1 and once 5-1. For the Chelyabinskers, travelling to Ekaterinburg doesn't look like something prohibitively difficult lately, over the last four seasons, Avtomobilist has only one home win, while Traktor has won four times. The overall statistics of meetings between Avtomobilist and Traktor in the KHL at the moment is as follows: in 55 games played, Avtomobilist has 28 wins, while Traktor has 27. Puck difference is 132-125 in favour of Avtomobilist.

Odds from download 1xbet

According to 1xbet specialists, the home team has more chances to win in regulation time, a win for Avtomobilist can be taken for 2.17, while a possible win for Traktor is offered at odds of 3.15. Judging by statistics, every third game between these teams ends outside regulation time, you can bet on another draw at odds of 4. Judging by the bookmakers' quotes, we should not expect a lot of goals from the upcoming game: total less (4.5) - 1.69, total more (4.5) - 2.14. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Even despite the win in Novosibirsk, Traktor doesn't look like a team capable of picking up points on a regular basis at the moment. There are problems in each of the game lines, and against this background Avtomobilist, despite the abundance of injuries, looks much more favourable. Another factor in favour of Avtomobilist will be home ice, where the team has not lost yet in the current championship. Our prediction is a win for Avtomobilist in regulation time with odds of 2.17.

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