Neftekhimik vs CSKA Moscow by Sors
Nizhnekamsk opens a three-game home stand Thursday against CSKA Moscow.The hosts enter the final third of the season in a good position to make the playoffs for second consecutive year, although there is an obvious decline in their form lately, as after seven victories in eight games in late November and early December, Nizhnekamsk won just once in its last five games against Nizhny Novgorod (2-4/away), Spartak Moscow (1-3/away), Sochi (5-0/away), Bars Kazan (1-2/home) and Vladivostok last Saturday (5-7/away).
The defense has been an Achilles’ heel of this team throughout the entire season so far, as the hosts conceded a total of 115 goals 42 games and four or more goals in half of their last eight games (3-0-1-4 28/26).On the other hand, these problems are partly compensated by good efficiency in offense (105 goals), especially at SCC Arena, where the hosts have scored three or more goals in four of their last five games.
CSKA Moscow is one of the hottest teams in the league in this moment, as the guests seek their sixth straight win and eleventh in thirteen games.
In the matter of fact, more important for my bet is that the guests showed good efficiency in offense in this period, having scored three or more goals in seven of their previous twelve games (9-1-1-1 38/25), including ten goals in the last two of them against Podolsk on Dec. 8 (5-2/home) and in Togliatti on Tuesday (5-4).
I expect more than four goals in that game between the teams of Nizhnekamsk and CSKA Moscow.
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