Salavat Yulaev vs current KHL champion Ak Bars: predictions for match
UFA, 14 September 2018. /Bashinform News Agency, Natalia Ovcharuk/ translated by Tatiana Aksyutina/.
On September 14, the "Ufa-Arena" will host the first in the 11th season of the KHL "green derby". The hockey club Salavat Yulaev will meet with the current champion of the league HC Ak Bars.
Since the beginning of the season, the team of Nikolai Tsulygin has won four victories in five meetings, having lost to the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. The Ufa ice squad missed a lot (14 goals), but also scored a lot (18 goals). Salavat Yulaev will play the match with the Kazan club without two injured defenders — Zakhar Arzamastsev and Grigory Panin, as well as the main goalkeeper Yuha Metsola.
The players of Zinetula Bilyaletdinov at the start of the season show anything but a champion game: two wins and three defeats.
Experts and bookmakers consider the Ufa team as a favorite of the upcoming "green derby", primarily because of the home game.
The beginning of the match Salavat Yulaev — Ak Bars is at 7 p.m. local time.