Avangard vs Lada. League newcomer visiting the championship favorite

On Saturday, January 6, the Omsk “G – Drive Arena” will host the next match of the KHL regular championship. A daring newcomer to the League, the Tolyatti Lada, will come to visit the local Avangard.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Avangard vs Lada


The Omsk club started 2024 with a defeat, losing at home to Ufa's Salavat Yulaev. If they had won, Avangard would have gotten almost close to Magnitogorsk Metallurg, the leader in the East, but an offensive misfire at home left Mikhail Kravets’s team in an intermediate second position. The game against Salavat did not go well from the very beginning, as a result, the Avangard hockey players left for the first break, losing the score 0-2. The second 20 minutes turned out to be the most productive in the match; the guests responded to two goals from the Omsk team with two of their own. The result 2-4 remained final.

To some extent, Avangard's failure can be attributed to the absence of Vladimir Tkachev. The team's top scorer, and Tkachev already has 57 points (15+42), was injured on December 24 in a home match against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Without Tkachev, the strike troika of the Omsk attack fell apart, which, in addition to himself, included Spooner and Boucher. The star newcomers of the team, and literally in the last days of the outgoing year Prokhorkin, Zhafyarov and Yurcho were signed, are just getting used to Avangard’s playing schemes and cannot fully replace Tkachev.


If Avangard has one loss in its lineup, then the hospital of the Togliatti club is filled more thoroughly. Four players from the main squad have not been able to help their team for quite some time, and all four represent the attacking line. This is Canadian forward Scott Kosmachuk, as well as Russian hockey players Danila Moiseev, Alexey Ozhgikhin, Nikita Popugaev. Despite quite serious personnel losses, Lada continues to maintain the pace set from the start of the championship, still clinging to its place in the leading group of the Eastern Conference.

By the will of the calendar, before leaving for the New Year holidays, the Tolyatti team played 8 home matches in a row. The result should be considered successful - 9 points scored out of 16 possible, 4 victories, including over the leader of the Eastern Conference Magnitogorsk Metallurg 5-1 and Dynamo Moscow 4-0. Such results allow Lada to be literally one step away from third place in the East, with 57 points earned, only two points behind Ufa’s Salavat Yulaev, who is in third place.

Avangard vs Lada


After losing Tkachev, Avangard's offensive potential has noticeably decreased and the team has failed to score more than two goals in regulation time for the last five games. Individual Total 1 under (2.5) 2.29. The same two goals scored against Lada on 30 December, when the rivals played in Togliatti. Avangard won that game 2-1, taking revenge for the 5-3 defeat the team suffered in Togliatti in October. The history of Avangard and Lada in the KHL currently totals 16 games, 10 of which were won by the Omsk club and 6 times by Togliatti. It is noteworthy only one draw result, in 15 matches the winner was determined by the results of the main time.

Odds from download 1xbet

The Omsk club is the clear favourite for the upcoming match, with odds for a win in regulation time at 1.54. For comparison, Lada's possible win in regulation time is offered by 1xbet at odds of 4.9, while a similar odds of 4.8 is offered for a draw. Despite certain problems in attack, the bookmaker believes that the upcoming match may well turn out to be productive: total more (4.5) - 1.72, total less (4.5) - 2.05. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Despite the loss to Salavat Yulaev, Avangard continues to be one of the main contenders for the final first place in the East. In the near future, Tkachev will return to action, the rookies will go through the adaptation process and the Omsk attack will shine with new colours. In the meantime, Avangard needs to beat Lada, which plays much weaker away than at home. The higher individual skill of Avangard's hockey players will have an impact, even if it's not brilliant, but the Omsk team will take their two points. Our prediction - Avangard win + Total Under 5.5 with odds of 2.42.

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