Zenit vs CSKA. Match of current and future champions?

On March 13, the Sibur Arena sports complex in St. Petersburg will host the meeting of the VTB United League 2022/23 Winners Stage between the local Zenit and CSKA Moscow.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs CSKA


The Peterites finished the regular season in third place. Now, with most of the winning streak behind them, they're in the same place and no one can catch them. In theory they could still pass UNICS in the standings, but in reality that would be next to impossible. Zenit, for now, can easily prepare for the playoffs. The game against CSKA could be seen as a big test of their strength before the knockout rounds. The home crowd won't approve of the Blue-White-Blue's blatant loss to their crucial opponent.

Sergey Karasev was honoured with a place in the last team of the tour. He was a key contributor to the club's win over Loko. The basketball player was close to a double-double (11 points in the basket and nine rebounds), and it was he who hit the decisive three-pointer in the final minute of the game.

Zenit look like an enigma before the upcoming game. There's no doubt about the class of the squad, but what will Pascual come up with? He's objectively the most talented coach in the VTB United League at this point. Will he go for the win, or will he allow his men to play in practice mode, or will he do something in between? Only the coach knows the answers.


The Army Men went through the regular season of the VTB United League 2022/23 without defeat (22/0), taking first place. In the Winners' Stage, they already have two misfires in seven matches, but they are still top of the table, and no one will move them from the top line. In such a situation, it is difficult to predict the mood of the team for the final battles of the round. On the one hand, they are just a formality. Although the battle with St. Petersburg is a derby between the two capitals, and in general, before the playoffs, you can’t relax too much.

Muscovites definitely have no problems with the performing class. Here you can name at least Milutinov and Shved, although there are other great masters of their craft. It seems that the “army team” will arrive in St. Petersburg with the main team, but the basketball players will not give all the best. They will try to win, but if the opponent is perfect, they will retreat. The aforementioned Nikola Milutinov entered the top five of the tour. Serb in the match against the MBA made a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. He aims for the MVP of the season, hence such dedication.

Zenit vs CSKA

History of the confrontation

In the current regular season of the VTB United League, the Muscovites upset the St. Petersburg team twice (100:80 at home and 85:80 away). Zenit also beat CSKA in the current Winners' Stage (90:86 on the road). In the last ten matches of the teams - 7:3 according to positive results in favor of the team from the banks of the Neva.

Odds from download 1xbet

"The Army Men are more stable on the season, so they are the favourites, according to the bookmakers. The odds are 2.15 for Victory 1. The odds on Victory 2 are 1.70. Bets on Total Under (172.5) are multiplied by 1.78. If you bet on overcoming this cut-off point, your bank can be increased by 1.97 times. Handicap 2(-5.5) is priced at 2.3. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Something of an exhibition performance is expected. Nobody is going to fight hard. It's all down to performance. The Muscovites are outclassed here, and they'll take the game (Win 2). The meeting will take place in the style of the NBA, where the defense does not pay much attention - the total is higher (172.5). There will be no intrigue in the end - a handicap of 2(-5.5).

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