L. Yaroslavl vs Avtomobilist by Sors
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl broke a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win in the visit to Ufa on Tuesday and now this team begins a two-game homestand against opponents from the Eastern Conference – Yekaterinburg and Yugra.
The hosts lost their last two games at Arena 2000 against Cherepovets on Nov. 10 (1-2 SO) and CSKA Moscow last Thursday (0-2), but won each of the previous twelve encounters here, eleven of them in the regular time (11-1-1-1 38/13).
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is a well balanced team, whose main advantage is definitely in defense: the hosts conceded only 47 goals in their previous thirty two games this season (1.47 per game) and one or fewer goals in ten of fourteen games at Arena 2000 in this period.
On the other hand, Lokomotiv’s attack is not among the best in the league, but still good enough for 21 wins in the previous thirty two rounds (19-2-2-9 77/47).In the matter of fact, the hosts have scored at least three goals in ten of their previous fourteen home games.
Yekaterinburg looks to avoid a fourth straight loss and eighth in ten games.
The guests are still in the race for the top spot in Kharlamov Division (three points behind Magnitogorsk), though their recent struggles are obvious, especially in defense: three or more goals in four of the last six games and eleven goals in the previous three away games against Slovan Bratislava (3-4 SO), Jokerit (1-4) and Dinamo Riga (4-5 OT).
Dmitry Megalinsky (defenceman / 4+8) and Ondrej Roman (winger / 1+5) are out for Yekaterinburg, while the hosts are still without Yegor Averin (winger / 14+6).
The hosts rarely make mistakes at home this season and have much more solid defense than Yekaterinburg.
I think that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl will win that game, most probably in the regular time.
|Yaroslavl||Bet365||1.70||8||7-4 WON (+5.6 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.