The SKA – CSKA match will be held December 19 at the Gazprom Arena as a part of a game day of the KHL championship. Let’s study how teams performed lately.
The “Army Men” of St. Petersburg don’t shine in this regular season. Some time ago, the team was not even one of the two leaders of the Western Conference. Now they are leading the Western Conference, but the pursuers such as CSKA are very close, and there are no particularly large handicaps in front of the other teams. It is also unbelievable that SKA this season is conceding a lot – 77 goals. Four teams in the league have a more reliable defence. However, the current shape of the team is excellent: 12 wins in a row. True, the three final victories were tough – in overtime or on shootouts. During this series, the army team beat such strong opponents as CSKA – 4: 2, Ak Bars – 2: 1, Moscow Dynamo – 3: 2. These three matches took place just before the international break. Victory over Ak Bars, Dynamo and Severstal in the recent games ended in overtime and shootouts. In the last match, SKA defeated Severstal at home 4: 3, having recouped from the score 0: 3.
Plotnikov may miss the next SKA match due to injury.
Moscow army men are the main competitors of the SKA in the struggle for the leadership of the Western Conference. So far, CSKA is second, one point behind the army colleagues. The team is very reliable in defence – only 61 conceded goals. At the same time, the team scores a lot – 107 goals. The current shape of CSKA is also very decent, but everything is not as incredible as that of SKA – 5 wins in 6 matches. In these games, the squad beat Traktor 3: 2, Metallurg 3: 1, Moscow Dynamo 2: 1 and in the next game Dynamo Minsk – 5: 2. In the last match, they met with the third Dynamo team – Riga; they managed to beat Riga 4:1 on the road. The Moscow club leads the league in terms of defence reliability.
SKA vs CSKA prediction
Teams meet each other very often. The last couple of years, they stand out from the rest of the participants in the championship. These squads have already met three times this season. CSKA won the first two matches (3: 0 and 3: 2), after which the last game ended in favour of SKA – 4: 2. In this outstanding match of the league, two leaders of the West will gather together. Both teams this season do not have such a considerable superiority over competitors as they did in previous years, but they are still a dangerous force. The current form of the teams is excellent, especially for SKA. In the upcoming game, it’s worth considering low totals, since both teams are very reliable in defence and the game most likely will turn out to be less productive.
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