CSKA vs Salavat Yulaev. How will the main fight of the day end?

The central meeting of the next game day of the regular KHL championship will be held in Moscow. It was there, on October 21, on the ice of the capital "CSKA Arena", that the strongest representatives of CSKA and Ufa Salavat Yulaev will be revealed.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on CSKA vs Salavat Yulaev


The army club does not even come close to resembling itself, the sample of last year. Loud slogans about the transition to attacking hockey have not yet been backed up by concrete results, in terms of the number of goals scored by CSKA in the current championship, only six clubs that are naturally at the bottom of the standings are bypassed. The defense helps out, the army team is still among the best in defensive actions, which allows Sergei Fedorov's wards to retain their place in the Western Conference Cup eight.

Another problem for the army is the lack of stability. Recent examples include confident victories over fellow countrymen from Dynamo and Spartak, and immediately followed by failures in games against Kunlun and Amur, which are traditionally regarded as outsiders of the championship. The home defeat against Cupid turned out to be especially painful, when the army team managed to get five goals into their own goal in front of their own fans, having answered effectively only once. The result of the last match does not add optimism, where the army team lost 3-4 in the capital derby to Spartak in overtime, although a week ago they confidently beat the red and white. Thus, at the moment, the army club with 25 points scored is fourth in the West, but the closest pursuers have fewer matches played and, in certain situations, CSKA may sink to the border of the cup zone.

Salavat Yulaev

The Ufa team scored a powerful starting spurt in the current championship, breaking into the sole leaders of the tournament by mid-September. By the beginning of October, Salavat, as expected, landed in a functional pit, having lost several fights, but the points reserve is still quite enough to retain his place in the group of leaders of the Eastern Conference. Now Salavat has 28 points and the current third place in the East. The Ufa team is six points away from Traktor, the leader in the conference, but Salavat has a game in hand.

The big plus of the club this season is the lack of dependence on the Hartikainen troika. If last seasons almost everything in the Ufa attack was determined by the Finns, now the second link (Shmelev - Kadeikin - Kulemin) is clearly showing itself, on account of which there are already 17 abandoned washers. The Finnish attacking troika has the same result (Hartikainen - Manninen - Granlund), so now Salavat has become much more variable in attack.

CSKA vs Salavat Yulaev


Last season, both meetings of rivals in the regular season were dictated by the capital's hockey players, ending with two victories of the army club - 4: 2 in Ufa and 5: 3 in Moscow. In total, the history of the confrontation between CSKA and Salavat Yulaev over the years of the existence of the KHL has 26 fights, of which the army club won in 17, while the Ufa team were stronger in 9 cases.

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Despite certain game problems, the bookmaker in this game gives preference to the owners, setting a coefficient of 2.45 for CSKA to win. For comparison, a possible victory for Salavat is offered with a coefficient of 2.55, and a draw outcome with a value of 3.8. In terms of overall performance, everything is quite expected: TO (4.5) - 1.96, TU (4.5) - 1.88. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

As mentioned above, the army team this season takes its toll first of all due to reliable defensive play. An attempt to play open hockey even against such an opponent as Cupid ended in failure, the army team conceded five goals, outright losing a home match to an outsider of the championship. Now we are going to play against Salavat - one of the best teams in the League in terms of efficiency. CSKA will not dare to play on a collision course, so one should not expect a large number of abandoned goals in this match. Our forecast is TU (4.5) with a coefficient of 1.88.

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