Ak Bars vs Amur. Will the Far East extend their winning streak?

Two representatives of the Eastern Conference, Ak Bars and Amur, will play a head-to-head match in Kazan on February 24. The meeting will take place on the ice of the Kazan Tatneft Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs Amur

Ak Bars

Closer to the start of the first round of the playoffs, it began to seem that the Kazan club was already traditionally adding to the decisive matches of the championship, having produced a series of three bright victories in a row. The victorious flash turned out to be short-lived; already this week the Kazan team plunged into their usual state, playing two faceless matches in a row that ended in natural defeats. First, there was an unsuccessful visit to Magnitogorsk, where Leopards held a draw for a long time, but five minutes before the end of regular time they missed the hosts' goal, losing in the end with a score of 1-2. Then there was an unsuccessful home match against Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, when by the fourth minute of the first period two goals were in the Bars goal. This status quo was maintained until the final whistle, each team still scored two goals, leaving the final score 2-4 in favor of the railway workers.

Another problem for Ak Bars before the start of the playoffs could be injuries to leading hockey players. Dmitry Yashkin dropped out in the middle of the season and is unlikely to have time to recover by the start of the first round. Now the ranks of the injured have been joined by goalkeeper Timur Bilyalov, as well as leading forwards Dmitry Kagarlitsky and Alexander Radulov. Ak Bars will not fall below fifth place in the East, so with a high degree of probability the Kazan club will begin its cup run with a confrontation with Ekaterinburg Avtomobilist.


The Khabarovsk club, literally like a Phoenix bird, rose from the ashes, managing to reserve the last vacant place in the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with its own finishing push. Moreover, the Far Easterners have an excellent chance of finishing the championship even in seventh place, since the Togliatti Lada frankly fell apart at the finish of the regular championship. Now Amur is only two points behind Lada, while each team has three more games in hand.

The current form of Amur is impressive; the Khabarovsk team continues its winning streak, which already has seven matches won by this minute. And here, first of all, it is worth noting the team’s defense, which conceded only 9 goals in these seven matches. To some extent, the championship calendar played into the hands of the Khabarovsk team; during this period, Amur did not play against teams from the leading group. Amur will have to finish the regular championship on the road and here they will have to play with more serious opponents. In addition to the game against Ak Bars, Khabarovsk residents will also have away matches in Magnitogorsk and Chelyabinsk.

Ak Bars vs Amur


Amur has traditionally had serious problems in matches on Kazan ice, not beating Ak Bars away for 11 years in a row. In 10 games in that span, Amur has failed to even get to two goals, limiting themselves to either one goal (7 games) or leaving the Kazan ice without any goals (3 games). Individual Total 2 under (1.5) 2.02. In the current season, all three face-offs ended in favour of the Kazan club, Ak Bars was twice stronger on the road 5-3 and 3-2, as well as achieved a home victory 5-1.

Odds from download 1xbet

It is quite expected that the hosts are the bookmaker's favourites for the upcoming match. The odds on Ak Bars' victory in regulation time are 1.71, while Amur's victory can be bet at odds of 4.1. The last face-to-face game between these rivals ended in overtime, so you can bet on another draw at odds of 4.3. In terms of expected performance, 1xbet experts offer the following quotes: total more (4.5) - 1.92, total less (4.5) - 1.82. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

All preliminary plans indicate that the upcoming match is unlikely to be rich in goals. Ak Bars has serious personnel problems, which primarily hit the attacking line, where the team cannot count on Yashkin, Kagarlitsky, Radulov. Amur traditionally plays defensive hockey on the road, with an average performance of around two goals per game. Our prediction is Total Under 4.5 with odds of 1.82.

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