Vityaz vs Metallurg. How will the Ural team's visit to one of the championship's outsiders end?

On December 25, Vityaz, near Moscow, in distress, will hold a home match against the best team in the championship - Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The meeting will take place in Podolsk.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Vityaz vs Metallurg


It is highly likely that in the near future the Moscow Region team will officially find itself without playoffs at the end of the regular season, having lost even the theoretical chances of getting into the top eight teams in the Western Conference. Although initially nothing foreshadowed such a disastrous performance. In the summer, a number of strong players were acquired, so that during the season Vityaz was among the solid middle peasants. The coaching position was somewhat embarrassing, where Yuri Babenko only had to try himself as a coach of the KHL club.

So far, the experiment should be recognized as unsuccessful. Systematic problems in defense have not gone away, despite the change in game combinations in defense and the four goalkeepers involved in the three months of the championship. The only bright spot is the top three of the attack Oyamäki - Aaltonen - Odette, which is among the most productive in the League (48 goals were scored for three and 54 assists were given). This was not enough to achieve the result. Now Vityaz has firmly established himself at the bottom of the standings, with 33 points scored ahead of only Riga Dynamo in the West. At the moment, 13 points are already separated from the Vityaz playoff zone, which, taking into account the current form of the team, is a verdict for the Moscow Region team.


In contrast to the problematic Vityaz, the performance this season of the Magnitogorsk Metallurgist looks like. And here it is worth once again to note the work of the club's coaching staff headed by Ilya Vorobyov. An ideally balanced team, where there was a place for both creative hockey players and players of the power plan. Somewhat embarrassing is the insufficient depth of the bench, how the team will behave in the event of the loss of several players is not yet clear.

In the meantime, Metallurg manages to avoid personnel problems, which has a positive effect on the game dynamics. Metallurg scores a lot (142 goals is the best result in the League), concedes enough (97 conceded - the third result in the East), so the chances of taking first place in the regular season not only in the East, but throughout the League are quite high. Now Magnitka has 63 points, and the best team of the Western Conference of St. Petersburg SKA is five points less. In many ways, the decisive factor in the fight for the championship will be the next couple of weeks, when Metallurg will play against Ak Bars, Avangard and Salavat.

Vityaz vs Metallurg


At the end of October, the rivals met in Magnitogorsk and that match was not an easy walk for the championship leader. The minimum win for the hosts is 2-1, despite the fact that in the third period the referees did not count the goal scored by the Vityaz hockey players in a rather controversial situation. That victory became 18 for Metallurg during the entire confrontation with Vityaz, while the Moscow Region team won only 8 times.

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Despite the fact that Vityaz acts as the hosts, the chances of winning, according to the bookmaker, are minimal for the team near Moscow - the coefficient is 4.5. For comparison, the odds for Metallurg's victory are 1.62, for a possible draw based on the results of regular time - 4.7. As for the performance, judging by the preliminary quotes of abandoned washers, there should be a lot: Total over (4.5) - 1.55, Total under (4.5) - 2.41. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

In fact, Vityaz is playing out the season, having minimal chances of getting into the cup stage of the championship. This affects the mood of the players, it is difficult to find additional motivation in a completely failed season. A good example is the last home match against Riga Dynamo, which is even worse in the championship. The weak-willed defeat 2-3 once again emphasizes the problems of the Moscow Region team. Now we have to play with the best team in the championship, which in the fight for the championship is simply obliged to take points in matches against outsiders. Our prediction is Metallurg's victory with a coefficient of 1.62.

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