Metallurg vs CSKA. Which of the opponents will start in the final with a victory?

The final series of the 14th Gagarin Cup starts on April 18 in Magnitogorsk with a match between the local Metallurgist and the capital's CSKA.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Metallurg vs CSKA


Over the past few years, Magnitogorsk has been holding its best season. This concerns both the quality of the game shown and the effectiveness of the results. Metallurg confidently became the best team in the League according to the results of the regular championship, leading throughout the championship. It is worth noting the game of the Urals in attack, according to the results of the championship, the team scored 164 goals, which by a noticeable margin was the best result in the KHL. For comparison, the rival in the final, the capital's army team, according to the results of the regular season, were able to score only 120 times.

Metallurg kept its high performance in cup battles as well. Over the past three rounds, in 17 matches played, Magnitka managed to score 64 times, that is, scoring an average of about four goals per match. In the playoffs, Barys were beaten 4-1, Omsk Avangard 4-3 and Chelyabinsk Tractor 4-1 in the semi-final. If you look for any disadvantages in the game of Ilya Vorobyov's wards, then here, first of all, you should pay attention to recurring problems in the defense. This was especially clearly demonstrated by the quarter-final series with Avangard, when Omsk in three won matches managed to score 20 goals at once. To some extent, this is due to the departure of the main goalkeeper, Finnish goalkeeper Juha Olkinuor. The entire load fell on the shoulders of the experienced Vasily Koshechkin, who, due to his age, does not always demonstrate a stable level of play.


The army team in the first part of the season was one of the most criticized teams in the League. The change of head coach, in the offseason, Sergei Fedorov replaced Igor Nikitin, was supposed to radically change the game concept of the army team, making the team's style more attacking. In fact, it didn't work out very well. The average performance of the army team at the end of the regular season did not even reach the figure of 2.5 goals per game, having significantly decreased compared to last season. Nevertheless, in the championship the army team finished in third place, losing only to SKA and Jokerit in the West. First of all, this became possible due to the traditionally reliable game on the defensive; in terms of goals conceded, the army team has been among the best teams in the KHL for more than a season.

All the more surprising was the miraculous transformation of the army club in the playoffs. The difficult tournament bracket, where already in the first round CSKA's rivals got the extremely uncomfortable Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, did not become a serious obstacle on the way to the cup final. The series with Lokomotiv and Dynamo were won with the same score 4-0, the opponent did not get even the slightest chance to catch on for a positive result. The army confrontation at the semi-final stage turned out to be extremely tense, when the teams had to play the maximum possible number of matches. CSKA was on the verge of relegation, losing 2-3 during the series, but two victories in a row 3-1 and 3-0 brought Sergey Fedorov's wards to the final.

Metallurg vs CSKA


Metallurg and CSKA met only once in the playoffs of the Gagarin Cup, but that confrontation in the final of the 2015/16 season turned out to be memorable. The army team led twice in the series (1-0 and 2-1), but allowed Metallurg not only to level the score, but also to take the lead 3-2. The sixth game again remained for CSKA, and the fate of the Gagarin Cup was decided in the seventh match, which took place in Moscow. Metallurg won 3-1, winning the honorary trophy for the second time in its history. By the way, Metallurg was then headed by Ilya Vorobyov, who is also the head coach of Magnitogorsk this season. In the course of this season, the rivals met twice, exchanging home victories - Metallurg was stronger 4:0 in Magnitogorsk, to which the army team responded with their own home victory 6:4.

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For the outcome of the first game of the final series, the bookmaker offers the following odds: Metallurg win - 2.8, draw - 4.2, CSKA win - 2.29. In terms of expected performance, the quotes are as follows: Total over (4.5) - 1.82, Total under (4.5) - 1.98. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The level of opponents in the final is comparable, so the physical condition of the players will come to the fore. And here it is worth giving the advantage to Metallurg, who completed his semi-final series against Traktor on April 11, thus getting a week of rest before the final. The army team will have a much more difficult time, the confrontation with St. Petersburg teammates dragged on to seven games, so the CSKA hockey players in Magnitogorsk get almost from the ship to the ball, having rested before the final for only two days. Our prediction is Metallurg to win with odds of 2.8.

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