Ak Bars vs Traktor. Who will be stronger on the Kazan ice?

The capital of Tatarstan on February 8 will host the next match of the KHL regular championship. Kazan Ak Bars, on the ice of the local Tatneft Arena, will welcome guests from Chelyabinsk - the Traktor hockey club.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs Traktor

Ak Bars

Already now, three weeks before the end of the regular season, Bars have practically lost all chances to intervene in the fight for the distribution of prizes in the Eastern Conference standings. The 12-point gap from the leading Metallurg speaks volumes about Ak Bars' performance in the championship, although before the start of the tournament it was the Kazan club that was named among the main contenders for victory. The main task for the remaining matches is to try to cling to fourth place, which will allow the team to start in the first round of the playoffs with home games. Now Ak Bars is still fifth, with 72 points scored, only one point behind Avtomobilist in fourth.

Bilyaletdinov's team could already easily bypass the Ural club in the standings, but unexpectedly failed in the last game, losing heavily at home to Novosibirsk Siberia. It would seem that the opponent was quite passable, and the Siberians are outside the cup eight, but only the first period turned out to be equal, ending with the score 1-1. Subsequently, only the guests scored goals, eventually finishing the game with a sensational victory with a score of 4-1. It’s a shameful defeat, because before that Barsy won three victories in a row on the road, beating Barys, Sibir and Traktor with a total score of 11-2.


One of the main competitors of Ak Bars in the fight for the coveted fourth place in the East is precisely the Chelyabinsk Tractor. Now the Urals are in sixth position, while the team has exactly the same number of points as Ak Bars, so victory in the upcoming match is extremely important for both opponents. Another contender for fourth place is the Tolyatti Lada, so the end of the championship in the East promises to be hot.

Tractor got into excellent playing shape at the end of the regular season, managing to score seven victories in its last ten matches. Standing apart are two away victories in Nizhnekamsk and Omsk, which Traktor hockey players achieved while being inferior to their opponents in the score. The Chelyabinsk team lost to Neftekhimik during the match 1-3 and 2-4, but in the end they put the squeeze on the opponent in a shootout after a 5-5 draw in regulation time. In Omsk, Traktor was losing 0-3 already by the tenth minute of the first period, but managed to turn the tide of the match, achieving a strong-willed victory 5-4.

Ak Bars vs Traktor


Traktor has not won in Kazan since October 2020, losing five consecutive road games since then. In each of those games, the Kazan club has consistently scored at least three goals against Tractor. Individual Total 1 over (2.5) 1.85. In the current season, the rivals have managed to play each other three times. Two victories on the account of Bars, first winning at home in Kazan 5-3, and then, just a few days ago, managed to beat Traktor away with a score of 4-1. The Chelyabinskers responded with their only home win on 12 January, when the final scoreboard score was 3-1. In total, the history of confrontation between Ak Bars and Traktor in the KHL totals 66 meetings, 41 victories on the account of the Kazan club, the Chelyabinskers were stronger in 25 games.

Odds from download 1xbet

According to the bookmaker, in the upcoming match the hosts have more chances of success, Ak Bars' victory in regulation time can be taken at odds of 2.07. As for the quotes for the guests' victory, at the moment the victory of Tractor can be taken at odds of 3.05. Judging by the statistics, every third game of these rivals ends outside of regulation time, you can bet on another draw at odds of 4.0. In terms of total performance, everything is quite expected: total more (4.5) - 1.72, total less (4.5) - 2.04. Download 1xbet to your phone and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

An unexpected misfire in the last home game against Siberia should give Bars additional impetus. Two defeats in a row in front of their own fans on the eve of the start of the playoffs can psychologically break a team, so there is no need to talk about any underestimation of the opponent. Statistics also speak in favor of the Kazan club: Traktor has won in Kazan only twice over the past ten years. Our forecast is Ak Bars victory in regular time with odds of 2.07.

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