Neftekhimik vs Novokuznetsk by Sors
Niznekamsk comes from three consecutive wins away from home against Cherepovets (4-1), Nizhny Novgorod (2-1 OT) and Dinamo Minsk (3-2 SO) and now the hosts are back at home, where they will play four games in the next seven days.
Niznekamsk is obviously in a good shape at the start of the new season, as the hosts won five of their previous eight games and lost against three teams that are currently at top 3 in their conference: Yekaterinburg (1-2/home), Omsk (1-4/home) and CSKA Moscow (1-4/away).
Novokuznetsk, on the other hand, is on the last spot in its division, with 2-0-2-4 16/27 after eight games and with four consecutive losses away from home against Podolsk (1-2 SO), Dynamo Moscow (3-4), Slovan Bratislava (0-6) and Medvescak Zagreb (3-4 SO).
The guests were outshot 115-70 in their last three away games and in general, this team has obvious problems in defense in this moment, as only one team in the league has conceded more goals since the beginning of the new season compared to Novokuznetsk (Ufa).
Evgeny Katichev (defenceman) and Dan Sexton (winger) are out for the home team, while the guests will be without Mikhail Plotnikov (winger).
Niznekamsk is the team in better form in this moment and with much more solid defense, so I think that the hosts will manage to win that game in the regular time.
|Niznekamsk||Bet365||1.67||8||1-0 WON (+5.36 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.