Both opponents lost their first matches after the holidays, but in very different ways. Severstal bounced back from 0: 3 in Magnitogorsk and was finished off only in overtime. But “Traktor” was butchered at Khokhloma in Kazan, and there was absolutely no chance for Chelyabinsk residents. But there was undoubtedly revenge for the almost similar defeat of Ak Bars at the end of October this year.
Thus, in spite of the fact that Severstal currently has a losing streak of four matches, there are certain grounds to assume that the Cherepovites will break it in Chelyabinsk, without putting this charitable deed on the back burner. Moreover, the statistics of personal meetings also contributes to it, telling us that in the last six meetings of these rivals, the guests won five times. That is, this series has a pronounced guest bias.
Therefore, my forecast will not be entirely logical in this case. An away win for Severstal, even won in regulation time, with a pair of goals ahead with an average total of 6.5-7.5.