The regular championship of the Continental Hockey League 2023/2024. The fourth match of the game day and an extremely intriguing confrontation. Considering that both teams are currently performing at a decent level, they are also experiencing some issues. Salavat Yulayev from Ufa will welcome CSKA from Moscow.
Can you take pride in defeat and say that it was a decent loss? The club from Ufa might answer that for you. On one hand, they lost to SKA with a score of 3:4 and it's time to be disappointed. However, when the team managed to get back into the game from 0:4 and almost overturned the match in their favour in the third period, especially against the SKA; that's a remarkable achievement. We genuinely commend Salavat Yulaev for their persistence. The club may take this third period as an example and conduct following matches accordingly. At present, Salavat Yulaev stands third in the conference, with a total of 79 points after 59 matches.
These points were attained over the course of 31 victories in regular time, six outside of it, and five defeats with a single point. The remaining 17 matches were lost by Salavat Yulaev without any additional points. Meanwhile, the club from the capital of Bashkortostan holds the second position in the conference in terms of both, the scored as well as conceded goals. With 128 conceded goals, they hold a unique second place, while they share the second spot with Avangard in terms of scored goals; 176 goals.
The army club's head coach Sergey Federov is still off sick and it remains unclear whether he will return for the match against Salavat Yulayev. Regardless, many insist that his absence was a positive factor that contributed to at least two victories. However, this was followed by defeats to SKA (1:2) and Avtomobilist (3:4), but only in penalty shootouts. After a dominant victory over Severstal with 6:2, CSKA suffered two defeats in the last two matches.
As a result, CSKA have slipped down to seventh position in the conference, with 66 points accumulated over 59 matches. CSKA earned these points with 27 victories in regular time, three outside of it, and six defeats with one point. They lost the remaining 23 matches without gaining any additional points. The army club holds the fourth rank in the conference in terms of conceded goals (142). In terms of goals scored, the situation is even worse; they are only fifth with a total of 169 goals.
Salavat Yulaev and CSKA have played each other 29 times. Of which, Salavat Yulaev has won 11 matches, while CSKA has taken the victory in 18. This season, Salavat Yulaev won 4:3 in overtime.
Seeing such odds on the army team, especially in a match against an equal opponent, I'm compelled to bet on CSKA, even if it's risky.
Accordingly, from this bet and the total, we will choose the same. Specifically, ITO2 (2.5) for 1.98. There's a belief that CSKA may throw three pucks into the Ufa team's goal, especially since they have already done this in this season.