Ak Bars vs Tractor. Will the Barca take revenge for a major defeat in Chelyabinsk?

On Tuesday, December 21, Kazan Tatneft Arena will host the next match of the KHL regular championship. Local Ak Bars will host on home ice one of the leaders of the conference - the Chelyabinsk Tractor. 

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Ak Bars vs Tractor

Ak Bars

Kazan did not have the best way to play the last segment of the championship before the planned week-long break. Three defeats in five matches played, and Ak Bars lost twice on home ice. Both lesions turned out to be sensitive. Fiasco 1-2 in the game against Barys, who is not shining in the current season, and then failure in the principled “Green Derby”. The rivalry with the Ufa Salavat can already be classified as a cult one in the KHL, so the 2-4 defeat is doubly insulting. In addition, in this match, the Barca lost their main striker Dmitry Voronkov, who was seriously injured in a collision with Peter Khokhryakov.

Voronkov joined the list of injured attackers of Ak Bars, where, in addition to him, there are also Kovalenko, Burmistrov and Glukhov. The staffing problem is quite serious, the Barca during the season are experiencing noticeable difficulties in attack (the average performance is a little more than two goals per game), and now they will have to do without several key players. On the plus side is the signing of Canadian defender Marc Barberio, who has vast experience of playing in the NHL behind him (for Tampa, Montreal and Colorado, the 31-year-old defender played more than 200 matches). Now the main task of the Barsov for the rest of the championship is to gain a foothold in the top three in the East. At the moment, Ak Bars shares 3-4 place with Salavat, having 51 points scored in his asset.


Unlike Ak Bars, Traktor is quite capable of competing for the championship in the East, thereby challenging the now leading Metallurgist from Magnitogorsk. At the moment, Traktor has 59 points, Metallurg has 61, so everything goes to the fact that these two teams will compete for the Eastern Conference championship following the results of the regular championship.

It should be borne in mind that the Tractor is now far from its optimal shape. In the last ten matches, Anvar Gatiyatulin's wards have only five victories, so the game is in decline. A pause in the championship could help with a set of forms, but given the fact that six leading hockey players were immediately involved in games for their national teams (Pilut - the Swedish national team, Will, Gika, Sedlak - the Czech national team, Telegin and Tkachev - the Russian national team), speak there is no need to talk about a full-fledged training process during this pause.

Ak Bars vs Tractor


This season, the teams met at the end of October in Chelyabinsk, and that game ended in a major victory for the hosts. The tractor scored five unanswered goals against the guests, thereby inflicting the biggest defeat on Ak Bars in this championship. In general, the statistics of personal meetings are on the side of the Leopards. Out of 58 matches, Kazan were stronger in 35, while Traktor won only in 23.

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It is quite expected that the bookmaker in this confrontation gives preference to the owners, setting a coefficient of 2.02 for Ak Bars to win. For comparison, the possible victory of Traktor comes with a coefficient of 3.3, and a draw result of 4. As for the total performance of the teams, here the bookmaker offers the following quotes: Total over (4.5) - 1.93, Total under (4.5) - 1.85. Download 1xbet to your phone and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

For Ak Bars, this game is fundamental in its own way. The 0-5 defeat in Chelyabinsk for a month and a half was taken extremely painfully by the club's management, so that no other result except a convincing victory is now being considered. All the prerequisites for this are there, on the side of Kazan the support of the native stands, tangible problems with the opponent's game form - so everything goes to the fact that Ak Bars will take revenge for the guest defeat. Our prediction is the victory of Ak Bars with a coefficient of 2.02.

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