SKA vs CSKA. How will the army derby on St. Petersburg ice turn out?

The third meeting of the two army teams in the current championship will take place on December 21 in St. Petersburg.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on SKA vs CSKA


The St. Petersburg club is getting closer and closer to the group of leaders and if it maintains the dynamics of the last month, then in the near future it may well intervene in the fight for the championship in the West. At the turn of November - December, SKA had a magnificent stretch of 11 winning matches in a row, which was interrupted in Yekaterinburg, where the army team lost to the local Avtomobilist in a shootout. After this, Roman Rotenberg’s team successfully completed the away series with a match in Chelyabinsk, beating Traktor with a score of 3-1. While the St. Petersburg team is still fifth in the Western Conference standings, the gap from leading Spartak has narrowed to five points, so SKA’s chances of winning the championship are quite high.

Before the start of the second part of the regular season, three hockey players are in the club’s infirmary - defenseman Andrei Pedan, as well as forwards Brendan Leipsik and Zakhar Bardakov. At the same time, only Bardakov is a full-fledged first-team player, while Pedan and Leipsik have played only a few matches this season. It is worth noting that, despite the pause in the championship, SKA players are in excellent playing shape. 15 SKA hockey players played for the national teams Russia 25 and Stars and VHL, three more (Sapego, Falkovsky, Alistrov) for the Belarusian national team at the traditional Channel One Cup.


The capital's army team goes through the KHL regular season in a similar manner to the St. Petersburg team, with the only difference being that CSKA has not yet had a winning streak of more than three winning matches in a row in the championship. So, before the pause in the championship, Sergei Fedorov’s team played the away series in their usual manner. The inexpressive game in Chelyabinsk ended with a natural 1-3 defeat from Traktor, but in the next match CSKA confidently beat the championship leader, defeating the local Metallurg with a dry score of 3-0 in Magnitogorsk. It is worth noting another confident performance by goalkeeper Ivan Fedorov, who repelled 28 shots on his own goal and ended up keeping his fourth clean sheet in the current championship.

In the next away game, the army team just as confidently beat Vityaz near Moscow, managing to respond to the only goal they conceded with four goals of their own. Now CSKA, with 46 points scored, is in the standings behind their teammates from St. Petersburg, 5 points behind SKA. Among the personnel losses of the capital team, it is worth noting the injury of key defender Darren Dietz, who was out of action for at least a month.



The capital club has serious realisation problems in away games against SKA. In their last 10 games in St. Petersburg, CSKA has only twice managed to score more than two goals against the home team, usually being limited to the minimum number of goals scored. individual total 2 under (2.5) 1.67. SKA and CSKA have faced each other twice this season and on both occasions the St. Petersburg club was stronger. In October, SKA won 3-2 in Moscow, and a month and a half later won at home, this time 2-1.

Odds from download 1xbet

In the upcoming match, the bookmaker is on the side of the home team, offering odds of 2.21 for SKA's victory in regulation time. 1xbet estimates the chances of success of the Army men from the capital at odds of 2.75, while the option of a draw in regulation time is offered at odds of 4.1. Quite unexpected for the Army derby are the quotes for the expected performance of the teams: total more (4.5) - 1.68, total less (4.5) - 2.1. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both teams finished the first part of the championship with wins, with both SKA and CSKA winning on the road. With the teams relatively evenly matched, the St. Petersburg club should still be favoured. CSKA hasn't played an official game in almost two weeks, training in a truncated lineup, while most of SKA's hockey players were involved in the First Channel Cup with various national teams. The playing tone of SKA's hockey players should be the determining factor for this match, in which the home team should get their next win. Our prediction is SKA victory in regulation time with odds of 2.21.

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