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Kunlun-Lokomotiv. Igor Nikitin will squeeze the Chinese

Alexander Lunyakin December 25, 2023, 1:30 PM Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The Dragons don’t stand a chance against such a defensive team.

On December 26, the KHL “Kunlun” – “Lokomotiv” match will take place. The game starts at 19:30 Moscow time. Experts have already made a prediction, they consider the guests as favorites: you can bet that Yaroslavl will win with odds of 1.57. The Beijing team’s chances were estimated at 5.10. Tie bets are accepted at 4.90.

Bookmaker odds for the match Kunlun – Lokomotiv on December 26, 2023

Analysts believe that the match between Kunlun and Lokomotiv will be productive: a total of more than 4.5 goals costs 1.55, and a total of less than 4.5 goals costs 2.35. You can bet on both teams scoring more than 1.5 goals for 1.85. If more than 1.5 goals are scored in each period, 5.00 will be played.

Analysis and forecast for the match “Kunlun” – “Lokomotiv” (12/26/2023)

Seven KHL regular season games are scheduled for December 26. In one of them, Kunlun will host Lokomotiv at the Mytishchi Arena. The meeting will begin at 19:30 Moscow time.

The Dragons are in ninth place in the Western Conference standings with 35 points. The team is five points away from eighth place and still has a chance to jump into the playoff zone. It is true that if at the beginning of the regular season it seemed that this would be the case, now there are doubts.

Kunlun won only 15 of 43 matches and scored 100 goals. It is true that the Chinese club is doing very badly in defense, since it conceded 146 goals. Ignatiev’s team took a short break with a three-win streak. They even beat the leader Spartak 5-3, and also beat Avtomobilist (5-2) and Sochi (5-4 overtime).

However, immediately after returning to the regular season, the “dragons” suffered two defeats with the same crushing score of 2:5. First they lost to Traktor and then to Spartak, who took revenge.

Lokomotiv occupies third place in the Western Conference standings, with 57 points and five points behind the red and white leaders. Furthermore, the team played three fewer games than the leader and could potentially overtake Zhamnov’s team. As always, the railroaders continue to apply defensive tactics.

Yaroslavl conceded only 78 goals in 41 games, the best figure in the West. It is true that they only scored 104 goals. Igor Nikitin does not strive to please fans with goals. For him the most important thing is the result itself and the points added. In total, Lokomotiv won 27 games this season.

The Ferroviarios have won 8 of the last 10 games. They only lost to Torpedo (2-3 B) and Severstal (0-1). The Yaroslavl team defeated Spartak (2-1), Lada (2-1 overtime), CSKA (3-2 and 2-1 overtime), Sochi (2-0 and 3-2 overtime), Ak Bars (3-1) and “Vityaz” (5:2). 8 out of 10 matches ended with a total of less than 4.5 goals, which once again confirms the defensive hockey of Igor Nikitin.

It is worth noting that most of the victories were won in games with strong opponents. Lokomotiv’s defenders skillfully block all lines, neutralize the teams’ strong units and take advantage of their opportunities, not forgetting about compact defense.

The railroaders won the last five direct confrontations, and three of them ended with a total of less than 4.5 goals. We offer a bet that Yaroslavl will win and that the total will be less than 6.5 goals at odds of 2.10.

Predictions and bets for the match “Kunlun” – “Lokomotiv” on December 26, 2023

Kunlun is in a difficult situation. The team shows weak results, but still hopes to enter the playoff zone. The main problem of the “dragons” continues to be poor defensive play. Lokomotiv, on the other hand, defends compactly and therefore wins points even in matches with very aggressive attacking clubs. We offer a bet on the victory of the railwaymen and the total is less than 6.5 goals. In addition, the Yaroslavl team won the last five direct confrontations.

Tender: Lokomotiv won and the total was less than 6.5 goals in 2.10.

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