The rivals met on December 20 in Finland. On that day, the guests won with a score of 3: 1. Then CSKA had two misfires in matches with equal opponents – SKA (2: 3OT) and Dynamo (3: 4). But between these games, the army team enjoyed themselves and delighted the fans in the confrontation with Minsk (6: 4).
Unlike the Muscovites, Jokerit, after losing to CSKA, just suffered with Minsk (2: 1OT), lost to Avangard (1: 5), then played in full at Kunlun (7: 1).
Obviously, the hosts are favorites at a particular moment in the season. The odds for their victory in the match are 1.69. Guests – 2.22.
This season the Finnish club has not yet outplayed its rival (2: 3OT; 1: 3). And in principle, the tendency of this tournament for Jokerit is that as soon as a team loses its ideal or close to ideal tone, it begins to give way to teams of equal strength, and sometimes even to opponents of a lower class.
At the moment CSKA looks like a more stable team, so we bet on the home team to win in regulation time with a coefficient of 2.14.