Zenit vs CSKA. Muscovites came to their senses or just imagined?

Zenit and CSKA will meet for the third time on May 10 to sort things out in the rivalry for bronze in the VTB United League 2022/23. The score in the series up to four victories is 1:1. The game will be held in St. Petersburg. She will be hosted by the Sibur Arena sports complex.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs CSKA


The team planned to defend the title this season of the VTB United League, but it didn't work out. Now she is forced to fight here for the third step on the podium. It's a little disappointing, but for now we have to be content with what we have.

Zenit started the series against CSKA with a confident victory on the road. Although in that game, the result, perhaps, was more determined by the mistakes of the Muscovites than by the efforts of the “blue-white-blue”. In the second meeting away from St. Petersburg lost. The opponent greatly improved, and the team from the banks of the Neva did not survive. In any case, the minimum task is completed.

Zenit traditionally performs better at home than away. It was rumored that Ertel could miss the second match against the “army”. The Frenchman is the leader of the "blue-white-blue" and his absence on the floor is always noticeable. Thomas nevertheless entered the court, but did not show his best basketball, scoring a modest ten points for himself. In St. Petersburg, Zenit will definitely play brighter, plus Ertel should have come to his senses by 100% by May 10th.


For the first time since 2002, the final of the VTB United League is held without CSKA. Moreover, only Khimki and Zenit have become the champion in the tournament for the entire time of its existence, except for CSKA. Incredible dominance of Muscovites in the competition. Under these conditions, you can imagine how hurt they are now.

At the same time, it is worth remembering that folk wisdom says that troubles do not come alone. In addition to not getting into the final series, an injury was added to Shved, who is the main scorer of the "army team", which has already definitely put an end to the season for the Russian. In addition, there is information that Milutinov is not completely healthy, but the Serb is still holding on. In CSKA, there is a real brainstorming on the coaching bridge. We need to figure out how to play cool basketball without the Swede.

The first match of the series for bronze medals was handed over to Zenit at home. Then it was evident that Muscovites were at a loss. In the second game, they managed to pull themselves together and won. Ware scored 19 points in that battle. Yes, it was not possible to create a backlog in front of the opponent on its territory, but this is not 0:2 either. We need to look for the positive in everything, because the team from the capital has a lot of bad news now.

Zenit vs CSKA

History of the confrontation

After two matches in the series a draw. First, Zenit won here on the road with a score of 86:68, then CSKA bounced back at home - 85:61. Prior to this, the clubs held four meetings in the VTB United League 2022/23. In those battles, the "soldiers" were three times stronger. In the ten most recent rivalries between the teams - 6:4 in terms of winnings in favor of St. Petersburg.

Odds from download 1xbet

Zenit in St Petersburg are a threat to all. The bookmakers know this too. They are offering 1.56 on Victory 1. The odds on Victory 2 are 2.42. Bets on total less (158.5) are multiplied by 1.9. If you bet on breaking this bar, you can also increase your pot by 1.9 times. Handicap 1(-8.5) pays 2.5. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

CSKA are out of sorts. It was lucky to pick up one home encounter in the series, but the Army Men will definitely not be enough to beat Zenit on their home turf right now. A strong win for the home team is expected - Victory 1 and a handicap of 1(-8.5). Either way, the visitors will fight to the end, trying their best in every attack.

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