Ak Bars

Lokomotiv

TANECO Champions Cup 2022
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Ak Bars vs Lokomotiv Prediction on August 26, 2022: Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips

Match info

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and the local Ak Bars Kazan will compete in the men’s ice hockey TANECO Champions Cup on Friday, August 26, 2022, at the Tatneft-Arena in Kazan, Russia. The matchup will begin at 7 p.m. local & Moscow time.

Meeting statistics

The current form of Ak-Bars

Ak Bars are sick of existing trophyless. The club’s management chose to terminate working with Dmitriy Kvartalnov following a catastrophic previous campaign in which the Kazan side once more got eliminated after the first round of the playoffs, and Oleg Znarok was appointed as the new head coach. The distinguished expert chose the strongest team possible, and among the recruits, it’s important to note Vyacheslav Voynov, Vasiliy Tokranov, Vadim Shipachyov, Kirill Semyonov, and Aleksandr Radulov. The squad from the Tatarstan capital was able to play 6 control matches during the summer, winning 4 of them with a combined score of 20-6; nevertheless, Ak Bars fell to Neftyanik and Spartak by scores of 1-3 and 2-3, respectively. However, this didn’t spoil the overall impression that, according to Russian hockey experts and bookmakers with no deposit bonuses, Ak Bars are the biggest favorites to win the next KHL.

The current form of Lokomotiv

This offseason, Lokomotiv encountered some very challenging circumstances. It would be nice to have a significant personnel purge, but many players have solid contracts, and the coaching staff has been in place since the middle of the previous season. Nevertheless, the results of the previous championship campaign showed that the ‘Railwaymen’ regressed both in the regular season and in the playoffs. Consequently, it appears that the Yaroslavl side released all of their international players while only signing four newcomers: goalkeeper Ivan Bocharov, defender Andrey Sergeyev, and forwards Sergey Andronov and Ivan Chekhovich. The Lokomotiv roster still appears to be quite strong even in the current state, but Igor Nikitin needs to get the most out of his players to address serious issues.

Head-to-head encounters

The teams had 30 mutual encounters within the KHL thus far. The Kazan club’s 14 victories were accompanied by the Yaroslavl club’s better performance in 16 games. The ratio of goals scored is also on the ‘Railwaymen’ side: 72-64. The teams didn’t face off against each other even once the previous season, and in the regular season before that, Lokomotiv players triumphed twice with identical scores of 4-3.

Match analytics

The only thing left to do is present the Gagarin Cup to the team from Tatarstan’s capital, who’s already widely regarded as the clear favorite for the upcoming campaign. The Oleg Znarok team is currently anticipating their first home TANECO Cup, where they’ll make their public debut in front of the Tatneft-Arena crowd. In a situation like this, the Kazan side will undoubtedly want to win while also playing exciting, offensive hockey; in their last 5 games with Lokomotiv, they have scored 18 goals (3.60 on average per game). Based on this, the total goals of Ak Bars over 2.5 with an odd of 1.80 at Powbet is the best choice for the bet for the upcoming match against Lokomotiv.

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