HC Spartak Moscow - Hc Dynamo Moscow predictions and free betting tips [14/11/2023]
The regular tournament in the Kontinental Hockey League 2023/2024 season presents us with another fascinating match for the day, the final bout of matchday, and the battle for first place in the Western Conference. It's the Moscow Derby we're talking about, a game between two high-scoring teams. In simpler terms, we're looking at a face-off between Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow.
Spartak, the most dynamic team of the league, has been receiving commendable reviews all season. After nearly half the season, they stand as the highest-scoring team in the league. Not only does their style of hockey please fans, it also results in victories. Despite their last match against Lada, Spartak managed to regain the top spot in the West, and they could regain it again in this match, as this is a direct face-off for that position—the winner takes it.
Currently, Spartak, with 43 points earned from 19 main-time victories, one overtime win, and three losses beyond main time, from 30 matches, are second in the Western Conference table. The rest of the seven matches were Spartak's losses without further points. With a total of 109 goals, Spartak surpasses all teams in terms of goals scored, with the closest competitor having only 94 goals. However, regarding goals conceded, Spartak ranks fifth from the bottom, indulging in aggressive play while allowing others to do the same.
Spartak will play at home against the team that took their first place – Dynamo. After losing to Kunlun and beating Dynamo Minsk, Dynamo stands at the first place in the league table having won 16 games in regular time, five beyond that and two losses beyond that, in total 44 points from 29 games. The remaining six matches for Dynamo were losses without points.
Having scored 90 goals, they're third on the West goalscorer's list along with Torpedo. Only Lokomotiv have conceded fewer goals than Dynamo. Dynamo has been a perfect leader — scoring a lot and conceding few, calling into question when their resources will diminish. However, despite a disheartening loss to Kunlun, a victory against Dynamo Minsk has reinstated faith in the team.
So far, Spartak and Dynamo have played 69 matches against each other. Dynamo claimed victory in 39 of them, while Spartak won 30. The teams have not faced each other yet in this season.
In this match-up, bookmakers see Spartak as the favourites. Betsiti is offering 2.32 to one for a Spartak victory, whereas the odds for a Dynamo win are 2.70. Although one might be tempted to back Dynamo, it's safer not to choose a winner at all.
In my opinion, a better bet would be TO (5.5) at 2.00. Both teams have a knack for scoring, so in a head-to-head match, they could easily achieve a total of six goals scored by both.