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

Kazan Ak Bars, which is in crisis, will play with St. Petersburg SKA on Tuesday, October 14. The main match of the game day in the KHL will take place on the ice of the Kazan Tatneft Aren.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs SKA

Ak Bars

The Kazan club fell into a functional hole, which, in principle, was expected. Ak Bars is one of the oldest clubs in the KHL and it is naive to expect that the team will go the long distance of the regular season without declines. Injuries to Ak Bars leaders also had an impact; Radulov and Shipachev were forced to miss several matches, which seriously affected the attacking potential of the Kazan team. Bars still have injuries, but young forwards Maxim Bykov and Semyon Terekhov, as well as goalkeeper Amir Miftakhov, are rather rotation players and their absence is not so critical.

Ak Bars did not have the best last away series, winning only one victory in three matches. The match against Barys turned out to be victorious, the score of the game in Kazakhstan was 3-0. Then Barsy lost 2-3 in Tolyatti Lada and had an absolutely faceless game in Magnitogorsk. In the game against the local Metallurg, Bars lost almost twice as many shots on target - 47 to 24, which led to a logical defeat of 0-3. Despite the current chain of failures, Ak Bars continues to remain among the leaders of the Eastern Conference, occupying third place with 38 points.


The St. Petersburg club also had its own gaming crisis. The army team did not shine at the start of the season anyway, but at the turn of October-November they managed to lose four times in five matches, at some point even finding themselves outside the top eight of the Western Conference. The vaunted St. Petersburg defense did not work at all in these matches; 18 goals conceded in 5 matches is an eloquent indicator of a problematic position.

The championship calendar played into the hands of SKA hockey players, sending the army team home to St. Petersburg for two matches. Although not without problems, Roman Rotenberg’s team managed to take four points out of four possible, first defeating Traktor 4-3 in overtime, and then beating Neftekhimik 4-2 in regulation time. Two victories in a row allowed the St. Petersburg team to return to the top eight in the West; SKA now has 30 points and is currently in 6th place.

Ak Bars vs SKA


We pay attention to the performance of Bars in games against SKA. In the last five face-to-face games, Ak Bars hockey players have consistently scored at least three goals per game Individual Total 1 over (2.5) 1.99. It's also worth noting that SKA hockey players have been quite successful in Kazan, winning five of their last ten away games. This season, the rivals met in St. Petersburg on 31 October, and Ak Bars won 3-2 in a hard-fought game. The history of the rivalry between these clubs in the KHL currently totals 62 games, with Ak Bars winning 32 and the St. Petersburg club winning 30 times. The puck difference is 188 to 178 in favour of SKA.

Odds from download 1xbet

Given the relative equality of the teams in terms of gameplay, the bookmaker gives a slight advantage to the hosts, setting odds of 2.26 for Ak Bars to win in regular time, while a possible victory for SKA is offered with odds of 2.75. The option with a draw in regulation time and further overtime this time can be taken with odds of 4.1. Also, the specialists of 1xbet are inclined to the option with an effective outcome of the match, as evidenced by the quotes for the basic total of goals scored for the KHL: total over (4.5) - 1.74, total under (4.5) - 2.06. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Despite the fact that the Kazan team lost their last two matches, and the army team, on the contrary, won twice, Ak Bars’ game still looks more holistic. St. Petersburg, with the arrival of new hockey players, cannot find the necessary balance, which negatively affects the team’s results. In addition, all Ak Bars leaders have returned to action, and on home ice the Kazan team will have to break a streak of two defeats. Our prediction is Ak Bars victory in regular time with odds of 2.26.

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