Vityaz vs Severstal. Which opponent will take two points?

Podolsky Vityaz will host Severstal from Cherepovets on 11 January. The meeting will take place at the Vityaz Ice Palace.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Vityaz vs Severstal


Vityaz has noticeably improved recently, gaining 14 points for the period December-early January. This is the third indicator among the teams of the Western Conference for the indicated period of time, which indicates a good game form of the Moscow Region team. In the last game of the championship, Vityaz sensationally beat the capital's army team away for many, losing in the course of the match with a score of 1-2. The fate of the match was decided by Fedor Malykhin's puck in overtime, when Vityaz's coaching staff took a certain risk and removed the goalkeeper when playing in equal compositions.

Despite a number of victories, Vityaz's standings are still critical. The completely failed first half of the championship makes itself felt, so the chances of getting into the playoffs remain purely theoretical. Now Vityaz is ranked 10th in the Western Conference, with 42 points scored. Lagging behind Dinamo Minsk, who closed the top eight, is 12 points, which, taking into account the remaining 10 matches of the regular championship, practically puts an end to the Cup prospects of the Moscow Region team. Even if Vityaz manages to score the maximum number of points in the remaining matches, then he will have to wait for a failure from direct competitors in the fight for the Cup eight.


One of such competitors is Severstal from Cherepovets. Andrei Razin's wards practically guaranteed for themselves getting into the playoffs, quite evenly covering the entire distance of the regular season. Now Severstal is ranked fifth in the West, with a good chance of staying in this place at the end of the championship. The team has 59 points, the closest pursuers from Spartak and Lokomotiv, not only are behind by three and four points, respectively, but also played one more match.

In certain situations, there is a chance to catch on to the quartet of the strongest. The Moscow army team is only four points ahead of Severstal, while having serious problems with the calendar due to the cancellation of several matches due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the team. Severstal played the last five matches in its usual mode, having won three times (Ak Bars 4-3, Moscow Dynamo 4-2 and Kunlun 7-1) and lost twice (Vityaz 2-3 and Minsk Dynamo 3-5). The only loss in the squad is the injury of defender Mikhail Tikhonov, so Severstal's coaching staff can count on all the main players for the decisive matches of the championship.

Vityaz vs Severstal


Over the past month and a half, this will be the fourth meeting between Vityaz and Severstal. So far, the rivalry of these teams is passing with varying degrees of success. Severstal won 2-1 in Podolsk at the end of November, then cemented the success with a 3-1 home win in December, to which Vityaz responded with his own 3-2 away victory at the end of December. After this victory, the rivalry between Vityaz and Severstal in the KHL reached parity. In 52 games played, each team scored 26 victories.

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The bookmaker put up the following quotes for the outcome of the upcoming match: Vityaz's victory - 2.90, a draw - 4.10, Severstal's victory - 2.16. In terms of expected performance, the bookmaker is leaning towards a large number of goals scored: Total over (4.5) - 1.68, Total under (4.5) - 2.15. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The knight desperately clings to the illusory chance of getting into the playoffs, for this Yuri Babenko's wards must take points to the maximum, regardless of the opponent's status. The results of the last matches, including the away victory over CSKA Moscow, make it Vityaz the favorite of the upcoming match. Severstal has practically guaranteed its participation in the playoffs, so the motivational component will largely be on the side of the hosts. Our prediction is Vityaz's victory, taking into account overtime and shootout with a coefficient of 2.15.

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