Zenit vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Will Krasnodar be able to restore their former form?

Zenit and Lokomotiv-Kuban will find out their basketball relationship on the parquet floor of the Sibur Arena sports complex in St. Petersburg. The game will take place on January 11th.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs Lokomotiv-Kuban


The Peterites are third in the tournament. They have 15 wins in 19 matches. The result is quite good, but they are the reigning champions and want to defend the title. So far, all indications are that this task will be as difficult as possible. Zenit have lost twice to UNICS, CSKA and Avtodor. Almost everything can be explained here, but not the negative result against Saratov at home. The team from Neva has not fully recovered from its summer rebuild.

On the other hand, there's a 99% chance that CSKA will win the regular season. So there's no need to focus too heavily on that goal. Zenit need a second title. They need to work at their own pace and already be thinking about the playoffs. That will be very different basketball there. Ideally, we must go there from the second place. That place is currently occupied by UNICS, which also wouldn't give up that easy. In any case, they'll have to move forward without a hitch and expect mistakes from the top scorers. The challenge for the foreseeable future is simple: win every game. The club is on a streak of six straight home wins.


Now the “railroaders” are sixth in the summary table of the VTB United League 2022/23. They have nine wins in 19 meetings. Average, everyone expects more from Loko, but he seems to lack strength. It is possible that not quite the same basketball players were signed in the offseason to replace those who left.

In the last four matches in the competition, Krasnodar has only one positive result. In the aforementioned segment, the southerners lost to CSKA (this can be forgiven), MBA (reluctantly, this alignment with a daring newcomer is also allowed) and Nizhny Novgorod (this result greatly undermines the reputation of the southerners). Already, there are rumors that the Kuban people will reach their previous level for an extremely long time.

Zenit vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

On November 16, 2022, the teams crossed paths in the first round of the current VTB season. The match was held in Krasnodar. St. Petersburg took home the victory (68:62). In ten extreme battles of the teams - 6:4 according to positive results in favor of Zenit.

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Game Totals Prediction

Zenit are superior to Loko on all counts. In addition, the southerners are not having their best period, and the recent unnecessary loss can be safely put down to the opponent's luck and underestimation of their side's strength. Pasquale will find the right words to get his men in the right frame of mind for the Railroaders. The home team will put their best players on the board and win with a handicap of 1 (-15). Zenit will play strictly defensively and this will have an effect on the total score - Total less (163.5).

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