Avtomobilist vs CSKA. What will the current winner of the Gagarin Cup show in Yekaterinburg?

On January 15, Ekaterinburg's Uralets Arena will host participants in the next match of the KHL regular championship. Local Avtomobilist will play against the capital's CSKA.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Avtomobilist vs CSKA


The Ural club goes through the long distance of the regular season in its usual style. The team did not avoid the traditional failure, this time it came in November, but they pulled themselves together in time and have now practically guaranteed themselves a place in the cup stage of the championship. With the beginning of winter, the Urals systematically began to add, winning noticeably more often than losing.

In January, Nikolai Zavarukhin’s team had three wins in four matches, the only misfire came on a visit to Kazan, where Avtomobilist lost to the local Ak Bars with a minimal score of 1-2. In that match, the team played poorly in attack; one goal scored per match is an uncharacteristic indicator for the current Avtomobilist. Thus, in the three matches they won in January, the Urals invariably scored four goals, beating Traktor at home 4-3, and away at HC Sochi and Tolyatti Lada with the same score 4-1. These victories allowed Avtomobilist to rise to fifth place in the standings, while Chelyabinsk Traktor, which is in fourth place, has the same number of points, but is ahead of its geographical neighbors due to additional indicators.


The army team continues to leave an ambiguous impression of their play in the current championship. The capital's club has undergone virtually no changes compared to last year's triumph, but so far the team's play is far from championship standard. The army team's problem is the lack of stability in results, which the capital's club has usually been famous for in the last few seasons. Sergei Fedorov's players periodically produce a series of outstanding matches, but then an inexplicable failure follows.

This happened after the New Year holidays. Three bright victories in a row, including over their principal rivals from Spartak 3-2 and a 7-2 defeat of the daring Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo, it would seem that the army team was coming out of the crisis. But the army team failed the capital derby against their fellow countrymen Dynamo again, losing to the blue and white on all counts. Already at the beginning of the second period, Dynamo took a 3-0 lead, practically closing the question of the winner of the match. The army team, through the efforts of Williams and Slepyshev, restored the intrigue, but failed to save the game. In an attempt to even the score, the army team removed the goalkeeper, but in the end they only let the puck into the empty net. Thus, the army team is still sixth in the West, risking falling into SKA St. Petersburg in the first round of the playoffs.

Avtomobilist vs CSKA


This season this will be the first head-to-head match between these rivals, but a year ago the teams played each other twice. Both matches ended in favor of the hosts, the army team won in Moscow with a score of 4-1, to which Avtomobilist responded with its own victory in Yekaterinburg 4-2. As statistics show, home ice does not particularly help Avtomobilist in games against CSKA. Thus, in the last 10 home matches, the Urals managed to beat the Army team only three times, having a catastrophically low average of goals scored per game - 1.7. Individual total 1 under (2.5) 1.61.

Odds from download 1xbet

Home ice does not make Avtomobilist a favorite in the match even among 1xbet specialists. The option with CSKA winning in regular time can be taken at 2.29, while a possible victory for Avtomobilist is offered at odds of 2.8. In the last ten head-to-head matches, the teams went into overtime three times; you can bet on another draw with odds of 3.75. In terms of expected performance, the bookmaker offers the following quotes: total over (4.5) – 1.74, total under (4.5) – 2.02. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both teams have started 2024 well, with a number of impressive victories. At the same time, neither Avtomobilist nor CSKA are stable. The regular season is entering its final stretch, the price of points scored is increasing noticeably, so it is unlikely that any of the opponents will take risks by getting involved in open hockey. A tough fight awaits us, with a minimum number of goals scored. Our forecast is Total Under 5 with odds of 1.72.

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