Spartak vs SKA. Will the army team take revenge for the defeat in St. Petersburg?

The main match of the next game day in the KHL will take place in Moscow. On Monday, November 6, the capital's Spartak will welcome guests from St. Petersburg, the SKA hockey club, at its home Megasport Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Spartak vs SKA


At the end of last season, Spartak was among the most ineffective teams, scoring on average around two goals per match. With such performance it was difficult to claim anything serious, so the red and white’s failure to make the playoffs was a logical end to last season. All the more surprising is the club's playing philosophy this season, where a clear emphasis is placed on attacking play. Alexey Zhamnov, having received a number of great forwards at his disposal, managed to transform Spartak, turning a typical middle peasant into one of the leaders of the championship.

Now the average performance of Spartak is around four goals per match, that is, compared to last season it has almost doubled. There are currently three Spartak players in the top ten scorers in the League; Nikolai Goldobin leads the list of scorers with 39 points (20+19), Pavel Poryadin is fifth, Ivan Morozov is sixth. What is typical is that they all play on the same line, and all three appeared in Spartak only this summer. In the last game of the championship, Spartak left the ice without scoring goals for the first time this season, losing to fellow countrymen CSKA with a dry score of 0-3. Despite the defeat, Spartak retained second place in the West, with 36 points scored, one point behind the leading Dynamo.


If Spartak surprises with its attacking play, the St. Petersburg club is still openly disappointing, risking being left without the playoffs with the existing set of performers. SKA's top scorer at the moment is defender Alexander Nikishin, which eloquently characterizes the problems of the St. Petersburg club specifically in creation. Already in September, the St. Petersburg team suffered a series of five defeats in a row, then, it would seem, SKA found its game and ended the starting month of the championship with four victories in a row.

However, the expected recovery did not occur. SKA continues to be in a fever, while the St. Petersburg club loses more often than it wins. The problem of number one suddenly became acute. Experienced Swedish goalkeeper Johan Mattsson continues to get into shape after an injury received in September, and Nikita Serebryakov, bought from Admiral in September, is still openly floating, making inexplicable mistakes. In the last match against Vityaz, Serebryakov was replaced already in the 8th minute, conceding two goals after three shots on his own goal. As a result, the army team was still able to beat Vityaz in a shootout, thereby rising to seventh place.

Spartak vs SKA


Spartak does not play well against SKA on home ice. In the last eight home games against St. Petersburg, Spartak has consistently lost, leaving the ice seven times without scoring more than one goal against the St. Petersburgers Individual Total 1 under(1.5) 3.35. The Red and Whites play much better in St. Petersburg, which they have already proven this season by beating SKA 3-0 in September. The overall statistics of games between Spartak and SKA in the KHL at the moment are as follows: 65 games played, 21 wins for Spartak, 44 for SKA.

Odds from download 1xbet

Despite the fact that the teams are at different poles of the standings, the bookmaker sees the St. Petersburg club as the favorite for the upcoming match, setting odds of 2.25 for SKA to win in regular time. You can bet on a Spartak victory with odds of 2.65; a draw in regular time is offered with odds of 4.4. Judging by the bookmaker's quotes, there is a high probability of seeing productive hockey: total over (4.5) – 1.54, total under (4.5) – 2.44. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

If we leave out the unsuccessful match against CSKA, in which Spartak failed to score even once, the red-and-whites have been playing excellently in attack in recent matches. Since the beginning of October, Alexei Zhamnov’s team has consistently scored at least three goals, regardless of the opponent’s status. The St. Petersburg team is far from perfect in defense, so Spartak will have a chance to score several goals. Our prediction is Spartak Individual Total over 2.5 with odds of 1.93.

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