Vityaz vs Jokerit. How will the meeting of teams from different poles of the standings end?

On the first day of winter, the Moscow Region Vityaz will play at home with the Finnish Jokerit. The meeting will take place in Podolsk.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Vityaz vs Jokerit


Almost two thirds of the regular season have already been played, and the game crisis of the Moscow Region team continues. The bet on the debutant of the coaching department, Yuri Babenko, did not work, and with a relatively good line-up, Vityaz is likely to once again be out of the eight of the Cup. The scoring exploits of the legionary troika Odette - Aaltonen - Oyamäki, which in terms of the total number of goals scored - 42, are among the most productive in the League - do not help the club. Everything breaks down on constant problems in defense, and in terms of the number of goals conceded, the Moscow Region team is among the worst in the West, and the frankly weak play of the lower ranks of Vityaz.

If we look for positive moments, then it is worth noting the last two matches of Vityaz away. For the first time in a long time, the Moscow Region team managed to win two victories in a row, first beating the local Salavat Yulaev 3-2 in Ufa, and then 3-1 Kazakhstani Barys. Four points scored allowed Vityaz to bypass Riga Dynamo in the standings, thereby moving up to 11th place. However, the gap from the coveted eighth place is still large and at the moment it is 10 points, so only the shock ending of the championship can save the Vityaz, where do you need to score points? regardless of the status of the opponent.


But the Finnish club practically guaranteed itself a place in the playoffs, currently fighting for the first ever championship in the Western Conference. So far, it's coming out pretty well. Taking advantage of the permanently emerging problems of each of the grandees of the Western Conference, Jokerit quietly seized the leadership back in September and still does not give anyone the first line. The main plus of Jokerit this season is stability. Albeit without much shine, the team gains its points on a regular basis, in contrast to competitors avoiding protracted failures. Thus, now Jokerit has 46 points and a tangible breath in the back from CSKA - 46 points, Dynamo Moscow - 44, Severstal - 44 and SKA - 43. The density at the top of the standings in the West is prohibitive, a couple of bad matches can not only deprive Jokerit Leadership,

And there are reasons for alarm. In recent matches, Jokerit does not look very convincing, having lost three matches out of five held. There was an offensive home defeat against Spartak 2-4, a misfire in Yaroslavl - 1: 2 with local Lokomotiv, and again a home defeat 2-3 against the capital CSKA. To some extent, Jokerit justifies the large number of injured hockey players, but now, before the away streak, all the strongest in the ranks, with the exception of striker Henrik Haapala.

Vityaz vs Jokerit


For Vityaz, the Finnish club is far from the most convenient rival, as the statistics of personal meetings eloquently testify to. Only five victories on account of the Moscow Region club, while Jokerit celebrated success in 11 matches. In the last championship, the rivals parted ways, exchanging home victories. In Podolsk, Vityaz was twice stronger with 4-3 and 2-1 results, to which Jokerit responded with his own home wins 5-1 and 3-2.

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The bookmaker doesn't really believe in the magic of his native walls, leaving Vityaz with a rather modest chance of success: Vityaz's victory - 4, a draw - 4.4, Jokerit's victory - 1.75. But the pre-match quotes for the total of goals scored allow us to hope for an effective course of the fight: Total Over (4.5) - 1.63, Total Under (4.5) - 2.24. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Throughout the season, Vityaz has a permanent mess in defense, which cannot even compensate for the over-performance of the legionnaire trio. Now in Podolsk, Jokerit will visit, who plays quite open hockey, attacking a lot himself, while allowing his opponent to excel. For all pre-match layouts, we will have a productive course of the match, so our forecast is Total Over 4.5 with odds of 1.63.

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