Zenit vs CSKA. Will the “soldiers” allow the opponent to level the score in the final of the VTB United League?

Zenit and CSKA continue to cut fiercely in the final series of the VTB United League. After three matches, the Moscow “CSKA” are leading with a score of 2-1, they look as convincing as possible.

Zenith is still in the position of catching up, because it failed in two opening matches. But the last victory allowed me to believe a little that there are real chances to save the situation. The team completely dominated the home parquet and began to remind themselves of better times. It will be incredibly difficult to put a successful result on stream, but the club from St. Petersburg no longer has any other way out, it risks letting go of the series. Moscow CSKA looks significantly more confident than the opponent and acts with a huge advantage. He allowed himself to give the third match to the experiments of the coaching staff, and under his curtain there were completely non-standard ligaments of basketball players on the floor. But now it's time to seriously and disciplinedly join the fight, because one more misfire can turn the course of the final series 180 degrees. On May 27, the rivals will face each other on the floor of the Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg in the fourth match of the series.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs CSKA


It is noticeable that Zenith has done a very serious work on the bugs. Apparently, after the first two matches, there was a tough conversation in the team, since the basketball players entered the third match with burning eyes and a desire to achieve results. The leaders came out especially charged, who already in the first quarter threw a full basket on the opponent. The team finally realized that the opponent should not be given the initiative, otherwise he starts to feel too comfortable. On the contrary, the bet should be placed on starting aggression, which completely suppresses the opponent's desire to play attacking basketball. Leading functions were expected to be in the hands of legionnaires. Mickey and Loyd are pulling the blanket over themselves, looking really cool. But while their surge looks like a "one-time action", you need to prove your worth in every meeting.


Moscow CSKA, after two starting victories, finally stumbled. It was difficult to expect that such a protracted series could be closed dry. But the defeat does not particularly upset the ambitious performers. They intend to make every effort to win the main prize of the competition. During the whole season, the “soldiers” performed very well on the road, scoring almost the maximum number of points away. Therefore, even now someone else's platform is unlikely to become a determining factor. On the contrary, without undue emotional pressure, team leaders can demonstrate a good percentage of hits from a distance. In the last meeting, Friedman took on the role of a key basketball player. And he demonstrated that, if necessary, he is quite capable of leading partners behind him. Fans also expect work on mistakes from the Swede and Milutinov.

Zenit vs CSKA

History of the confrontation

Up to this point, the rivals have already faced each other 33 times on the open spaces of the professional scene. A very solid advantage is on the side of the Moscow "soldiers", who turned out to be stronger in 24 matches. The club from St. Petersburg responded to this with nine successful fights. The last face-to-face meeting between CSKA and Zenit took place on May 25 on the floor of the Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg. The hosts completely dominated and turned out to be stronger than the opponent with a score of 93:79. And Mickey deservedly became the best basketball player of the meeting, who scored 23 points and made two assists.

ODDs from download 1xbet

Zenit after the defeat is considered the favorite of the confrontation, albeit with a very small advantage. It is offered to bet on the victory of the hosts of the parquet with a coefficient of 1.91. But the quotes for CSKA have become significantly higher. Guests are offered to play a potential victory with a coefficient of 1.97. The base total of the match was set at around 157.5 points. You can bet on its penetration with a coefficient of 1.92. The reverse option is estimated at 1.9. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Zenit perked up a bit, so they will try to bring the matter to a draw in the series. Then the opponent can get a little nervous, start making mistakes. But CSKA is too experienced a cup fighter, and its coaching staff is able to do a quality job after a defeat. We predict that the Moscow "soldiers" will still win the second away match and restore a comfortable handicap.

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