Neftekhimik had the honor to examine Amur and Admiral twice in a row in the Far East. No one has lingered in these cities for so long. Khabarovsk residents did not pass the exam, losing to Nizhnekamsk twice (3: 1; 5: 4OT).
But “Admiral” in the first match passed the test, beating “Neftekhimik” in the shootout with a score of 3: 2. The teams took turns coming out ahead, but found the strength to win back. It is noteworthy that all goals were scored in equal compositions.
In the return match, the guests are also a slight favorite. The odds for their victory in the match is 1.75. Hosts – 2.13.
Outcome and Total Betting
Nizhnekamsk players are gaining points in the last four games – three wins and one loss outside regular time. Oleg Leontyev’s charges seem to have gotten out of a protracted crisis (six defeats in a row) and now look like a team that has beaten even the giants relatively recently. The Admiral, just like the opponent, is playing well after a pause for the Eurotrip, however, with the realization of chances, the same trouble is still – only five goals in the last five meetings and one defeat to Lokomotiv (0: 3).
We are confident that the hosts, as usual, will rely on their goalkeeper and defense, counting on good luck in the attack. Neftekhimik acts a little differently, but in the Far East even the most productive teams are intoxicated by the Far Eastern air and hardly get on target. At the same time, we agree with the bookmakers that Neftekhimik, despite the defeat in the first match, remains the favorite. Moreover, it is very rare when an outsider wins two victories in a row over one opponent. Therefore, we are betting that the guests will win plus the total under 6.5 with the odds of 2.7.