SKA vs Ak Bars. Who will win the main fight of the day?

The favorites of the current championship, St. Petersburg SKA and Kazan Ak Bars, will play on the last day of October in St. Petersburg. The meeting will take place at the Ice Palace of St. Petersburg on October 31.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on SKA vs Ak Bars


The St. Petersburg army team continues to unpleasantly surprise their own fans, not even close to showing their last year’s level. It cannot be ruled out that the army coaching staff deliberately changed the tournament strategy. Last season, SKA dominated the League in the first part of the regular season, having already created a significant points reserve for itself by January, but the team did not have enough strength for the playoffs, and the St. Petersburg team lost to their teammates from Moscow in the semifinals. Now the St. Petersburg team is gradually rolling into the season, trying to integrate numerous newcomers into their playing schemes.

In October, the St. Petersburg club is still moving along the tournament distance with a schedule of two wins and a loss. The last gaming week was no exception. SKA on the road alternately beat Yaroslavl Lokomotiv 3-2 and Chinese Kunlun 6-3, but unexpectedly stumbled in Sochi, although it took the lead twice during the match. In the debut of the third period, Zakhar Bardakov made the score 4-3 in favor of SKA, but then the St. Petersburg team managed to concede while playing in the majority, and then, 30 seconds before the end of regulation time, they also conceded the fifth, decisive goal. Such instability does not allow the army team to get closer to the conference leaders; now Roman Rotenberg’s team is only eighth in the West with 24 points scored.

Ak Bars

As for Ak Bars, the start of the season was noticeably more successful than that of the St. Petersburg team. Even if without much brilliance, often due to the high individual skill of its own hockey players, Ak Bars scores its points. Like the St. Petersburg team, the Kazan club failed in the last game of the championship, losing heavily to Tolyatti Lada on the road. The attack worked in its usual mode, scoring three goals, but the Kazan team’s usually reliable defense suddenly failed, conceding six goals.

The defeat in Tolyatti did not allow Ak Bars to single-handedly lead the Eastern Conference standings, leaving the team in second place. Now Ak Bars has 32 points, and at the moment Bilyaletdinov’s team is second only to Magnitogorsk Metallurg, who also scored 32 points, but is ahead of the Kazan team in the number of victories won. Bars are going to St. Petersburg without their top scorer, Vadim Shipachev, who has already missed the game against Lada due to injury.

SKA vs Ak Bars


As statistics show, recently matches between these rivals in St. Petersburg quite often end in a draw. Of the last seven matches on the home ice of St. Petersburg SKA, four times it went to overtime Overtime (Yes) 3.75. Last season the teams met twice, and both games turned out to be extremely productive. In Kazan, Barsy won with a score of 5-2, in St. Petersburg 11 goals were scored, and the game ended with a victory for SKA with a score of 7-4. In total, the history of meetings between these teams in the KHL includes 35 matches, 19 of which were won by the St. Petersburg club, and Ak Bars won 16 of them.

Odds from download 1xbet

The bookmaker gives a slight advantage to the home team in the upcoming match, offering odds of 2.31 for SKA to win in regular time. The option with Ak Bars winning can be taken for 2.8. If you analyze the statistics of personal meetings, you will notice a large number of draws - 12, that is, every third game of these rivals ends in a draw. You can bet on another peaceful outcome with odds of 4.1. As for the expected performance, the specialists of 1xbet offer the following quotes: total over (4.5) - 1.46, total under (4.5) - 1.99. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Despite not the best results at the start of the season, the St. Petersburg team knows how to prepare for games with big teams, having already beaten Lokomotiv, CSKA, and Dynamo Moscow during the season. SKA's coach, Roman Rotenberg, is an excellent motivator, and it is already clear that the St. Petersburg team will be in the best possible mood for the home match against one of the main contenders for the Gagarin Cup. Ak Bars has certain problems in defense in recent matches, which SKA hockey players can easily take advantage of. Our prediction is a victory for SKA, taking into account overtime and a shootout with odds of 1.81.

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