HC Barys - HC Traktor Chelyabinsk predictions and free betting tips [09/10/2023]
Continental Hockey League regular tournament 2023/2024. The upcoming game-week of the tournament will begin in Kazakhstan and will be the first for Barys's new coach. In Astana, he will also welcome Traktor from Chelyabinsk, which recently changed its coach as well.
At a certain point this season, it seemed that Barys worked their way out of the crisis and Andrey Skabelka found the keys to the team that can rectify the situation. However, recent Barys matches have been chilling and the final overtime loss to Vityaz essentially condemned the head coach's career. Andrey Skabelka left the post of the head coach, and his place was taken by Galym Mambetaliyev, who succeeded him in April as the head coach of the Kazakhstan national team. Before this change, Barys was 11th in the league table, after 15 matches they scored 11 points. Interestingly, Barys scored nearly as many points due to losses beyond the main time as from regular wins, five defeats came outside the main time. Barys only won two matches in the main time and one outside of it, the remaining seven Barys lost without points. Meanwhile, the puck difference at Barys is 38-50, -12. Barys scores middling, but concedes almost the most in the East, only Neftekhimik concedes more.
After a rough start, Traktor changed its head coach and this should be taken into account when understanding the team's strength. Because the last victory over Avangard with a score of 4:1 showed that now this is a different Traktor team. Indeed, Traktor only scored 34 pucks, which is a small total, but in the last match, they created a lot and could have scored more, unlike earlier matches, where they scored only due to luck. No doubt, one could say that Traktor's difference is -4 and they conceded 38 pucks, an average figure for the conference, leaning towards poor. But it's important to understand that this is an entirely different team now, with a different mood and approach to the game, so relying on past statistics and results is simply foolish and I highly discourage you from doing this when choosing a bet for this match. The only thing to take into account is that Traktor is currently on a serious uptick, both morally and in gameplay.
Barys and Traktor have played 47 matches against each other. And here, quite unexpectedly, Barys has outperformed in this opposition 28 times, whereas Traktor has managed to win only 19 matches.
After the previous match and generally looking at the league table, Betsiti assumes that most probably in this match, Traktor will turn out stronger. The coefficient for their win is 2.43, while for Barys' victory the coefficient is 2.70. Actually, it might be wise to simply back Traktor's win and not dwell on it, as they're simply stronger right now, unless of course, Barys presents his game of a lifetime after changing the coach, which is possible.