Zenit vs UNICS. Battle of VTB United League giants with New Year's mood

VTB United League is not going to pause during the Christmas and New Year holidays, it will delight basketball fans with top fights. The central match of the final part of the season will be the battle of the representatives of the leading group. Zenith has recently noticeably slowed down and began to stumble, it does not look as convincing as the fans and the basketball players themselves would like. The team dropped to fourth place in the standings. And the last defeat once again emphasized that unhealthy processes are taking place inside the squad.

After the controversial start of the season, UNICS reached a completely different level of play, literally began to destroy rivals. He caught up with the leader in the number of victories and looks powerful. Key basketball players have caught the courage and, at the same time, represent Russia in the Euroleague with dignity.

On December 26, the rivals will meet each other on the floor of the Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs UNICS


Zenit conducts the next season according to a similar scenario, which indicates the presence of complex problems in all directions. At the start of the season, the team looks as convincing as possible, they write out a sea of compliments and are ready to prophesy the champion title. But by the New Year holidays, a real fever begins, which is accompanied by a complete lack of stability in the results.

The last defeat from Avtodor clearly demonstrated that serious difficulties are coming. Within its native walls, the club from St. Petersburg burned down under the onslaught of an opponent with a score of 74:83. It is noticeable that the leaders of the team can no longer withstand the enormous amount of work, they are forced to spend only 27 minutes on the floor (against the stable 30 from the key players of the opponent). Absolutely failed the last match of Ponitka, who did not score a single point in an impressive time period and made only two effective actions.


UNICS has caught the courage and is now churning out victories. But it is curious that the club's only defeat in the VTB United League was also in the match against Avtodor (76:81) two months ago. In addition, in parallel, the team performs very well in the Euroleague, which also gives confidence in their own abilities. In the previous match on the domestic arena, she effortlessly dealt with Kalev at home - 71:54. The Croatian basketball player Hezona continues to enchant, who became the leader in performance due to the cool game under someone else's ring. The team famously uses Vorontsevich's sniper abilities. Also on fire is an American gang that constantly weaves laces in other people's possessions. UNICS plays beautifully, and each combination is the result of Perasovich's painstaking work.

Zenit vs UNICS

History of the confrontation

By this time, the teams have played exactly 50 matches of various formats in the domestic and international arena. A fairly significant advantage is on the side of Kazan UNICS, which sent 30 victories (60%) to its piggy bank. In another 20 meetings, luck smiled at Zenith. The last face-to-face match took place on October 1 as part of the Euroleague regular draw. The teams faced off on the basketball court. And in a stubborn struggle, the club from St. Petersburg won an emotional victory with a score of 70:69.

ODDs from download 1xbet

Zenith in the eyes of the 1xbet bookmaker looks like a favorite, as it has the advantage of home stands. The owners of the parquet offer to bet on the victory with the odds of 1.82. And UNICS has a great opportunity to break away from the closest pursuers and bypass the leader of the standings. You can play potential guests' victories with a coefficient of 2.07. The base total of the match this time at around 149.5 points. And its breakout, as well as a complete "drought", are estimated with a coefficient of 1.94. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Zenith has already passed by tradition for the New Year holidays and looks frankly bad. The lack of confidence among the legionnaires quickly passed on to the players from Russia. And against this background, UNICS looks much more interesting, it is able to confuse the opponent without any special problems. The team is in excellent condition not only in the VTB United League, but also in the Euroleague. Therefore, I would venture to suggest that the guests of the parquet will delight their fans and turn out to be stronger than the club from St. Petersburg.

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