Bayern Munchen vs Zenit
Eurocup, Round 3 in second group stage
Bayern Munich vs Zenit. As I stated several times, IMO together with Lokomotiv Kuban, exactly Bayern is the best team in this competition. 9-1 for them in first group stage and with this defeat came in 10th round when it was not big importance. Now in new group, Bayern is 1-1 after they have lost first game, away in Italy but it was just after New year's Eve and with some small problems in roster. So hardly it was a good spot for them. But it should be good spot now.
First of all, this is high quality roster in question with respectable Americans and with several members of Serbian national team. Also great Bosnian player Djedovic. It's also well coached team by Aleksandar Djordjevic who is also head coach of Serbian national team.
And this Bayern roster looks pretty good now with only Vladimir Lucic injured.
Furthermore, Bayern will enter this game on a full rest. On the other side this is not case with Zenit who in the meantime and since previous round had to play in VTB. They met with CSKA Moscow. BTW Zenit was successful and won but they waisted too much energy there and now will travel to Germany on very short rest.
Plus this is a team who depends a lot on long range shooting. It worked well against CSKA (who was weakened by the way) but on the road usually their % are much lower. In any case, Bayern definitely is a team who can answer on such run & gun basketball.
I think Bayern can cover big handicap but I opted for different approach. I opted for HT FT bet. Namely, Bayern in most cases will open very strong at home court and this is exactly I expect today. So I hope in some points advantage at halftime, at least some minimal and then we don't have worries about handicap, we would need just Bayern to win at the end. Plus, 1.78 at Betsafe for 1/1 is way high given how big handicap is and given possible overtime counts.
Bayern Munchen vs Zenit prediction
|HT/FT 1/1||Betsafe||1.78||10||55-52 / 95-78 WON (+7.8 units)|