Avangard vs Avtomobilist. What will the Ural club show when visiting the leader of the Eastern Conference?

The central match of the next game day of the KHL regular championship will take place in Omsk. On Tuesday, February 20, hockey players from the local Avangard and Avtomobilist from Yekaterinburg will take to the ice at the G-Drive Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Avangard vs Avtomobilist


For the first time in a long time, the Omsk club topped the Eastern Conference standings, beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk by one point. This became possible thanks to Avangard's home victory over Metallurg, which the Omsk club won last Saturday. Avangard played perfectly in defense, allowing Pavel Khomchenko to play his first clean sheet this season. Zhafyarov, Nikolishin and Chmykhov scored goals for the Omsk club. In addition to Metallurg, Ufa’s Salavat Yulaev, who is currently three points behind Avangard, may also intervene in the battle for the championship in the East.

It is worth noting that the game with Metallurg is somewhat out of the general pattern of Avangard's February matches. In the six previous matches, the Omsk team scored a lot, 26 goals, and conceded just as much - the same 26 goals. In February there were bright victories, 9-5 against SKA and 7-2 over Siberia, and no less painful defeats, 2-7 against Salavat Yulaev and 3-5 at home against Spartak. Such swings in the game do not allow us to classify Avangard as the clear favorite in the championship race in the East, especially since the Omsk team will end the regular season with two away matches against Traktor and Metallurg.


The main task of the Ural club for the remaining matches of the regular season is to try to cling to fourth place in the East, which gives a certain advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Now Avtomobilist is one step away from this, occupying fifth place with 76 points scored. At the same time, if you look at things objectively, this will be extremely difficult to do. Kazan Ak Bars, which is in fourth place, in addition to demonstrating an excellent game at the finish of the championship, has a four-point advantage over the Urals. In addition, Avtomobilist has a rather difficult schedule of remaining matches; the team will have to play two away matches and play at home with one of the leaders of the Western Conference - Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.

Another problem for Motorist is the banal lack of stability. Only in the last matches Avtomobilist managed to play superbly against Avangard 4-2 and CSKA 5-4, but at the same time collected a collection of five defeats. If Avtomobilist finishes in fifth place, there is a high probability of getting Kazan Ak Bars as opponents in the first round, which will significantly complicate the Ural club’s cup prospects.

Avangard vs Avtomobilist


The rivals have faced each other twice this season and in both games, the Avtomobilist defence was at its best. In 120 minutes of play, Avangard's star attack only scored three goals, losing both games by scores of 1-5 and 2-4. Individual Total 1 under(2.5) 1.97. At the same time, Avtomobilist's last away win dates back to February 2020, since then, for 9 games in a row, the Uralians can't beat Avangard on its home ice. In total, the rivals have played 43 face-to-face games at the KHL level, with the Omsk club coming out victorious in 25 games, while Avtomobilist has 18 wins.

Odds from download 1xbet

It is quite expected that, according to specialists from 1xbet, the hosts have a better chance of success in the upcoming match. The odds for Avangard's victory in regulation time are 1.99, while Avtomobilist's possible victory is offered with odds of 3.2. The last game of these rivals in Omsk ended in overtime, you can bet on another draw with odds of 4.1. In the quotes for the total performance of the teams, there is a serious bias in favor of a large number of goals scored: total over (4.5) – 1.68, total under (4.5) – 2.11. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

After the victory in the last match over Magnitogorsk Metallurg, the fate of the championship in the East is entirely in the hands of Avangard. To do this, you need to win the remaining four matches, without looking at the results of your opponents. Avtomobilist is quite a passable opponent; the Urals are a typical home team, gaining most of their points on home ice. Against Avtomobilist and the statistics of the team’s performance on Omsk ice, where the Urals have not won for four years. Our prediction is Avangard's victory in regular time with odds of 1.99.

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