Astana will host Avtodor. Preview February 12

Astana will host Avtodor. Preview February 12

Astana will host regular season game on Monday.

Astana (Astana) vs Avtodor (Saratov)

Time: 20:00 (17:00 Moscow time)
Place: Kazakhstan, Astana, SK Velotrek
Broadcast: TV Start, League website

Astana: The game of the Kazakh team with Pari Nizhny Novgorod was postponed due to weather conditions. Therefore, although Astana is behind the Saratov team in wins, Oleg Kiselev team still has a game ahead. Astana won at home, but lost on the road, and it was only the second home win for Avtodor. Beating Avtodor is very important for the Kazakh team right now: the team hasn’t won since January 20, having lost 3 games in a row. For Astana, this game will be the last before the long February break and will probably try to close out the winter stretch with a win, reminding their fans about status of one of the best home teams in the United League at the start of the season.

Avtodor: February started off positive for Avtodor, as theteam beat MINSK, Runa and get back into play-in contention. The schedule is favorable for Milenko Bogicevic team: the Saratov team will play the leaders of Group B only at the end of March, and in the games against MINSK, Runa and MBA can count on wins. The game with Astana could be a good moment to storm into second place in Group B, where is Uralmash at the moment. The Volga team last won on the road on December 19, beating Enisey in Krasnoyarsk. Another factor that could play against the guests is the lack of preparation time: Avtodor played against Runa on February 9, while Astana had more than a 10-day pause due to the postponed game with Nizhny.