Zenit - Astana Preview

Zenit hosts Astana on Wednesday in the VTB United League.

Wednesday, March 23

Zenit (Russia) - Astana (Kazakhstan)
8:00 PM (8:00 PM MSK)
Place: SIBUR Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
TV: KAZ Sport (Kazakhstan), Match! Nash sport (Russia), United League TV
Stats: VTB-League.com preview

Zenit: Zenit's winning streak came to an end vs. CSKA, but the team's performance was still reason for optimism and head coach Vasily Karasev expressed confidence that the club would take a step forward after the game. Now the home team tries to prove it vs. Astana, a team it recently defeated by a big margin in Kazakhstan.

Astana: Injuries continue to bother the club from Astana. Head coach Ramunas Butautas admitted that the team's leaders--Nik Caner-Medley, Pat Calathes and Anatoly Kolesnikov--will not able to help on the road trip, which began in Krasnoyarsk. But Astana will remember last year's dramatic game in St. Petersburg, when the visitors squeaked out a win and punched their ticket to the postseason. They would love to spring another upset on Wednesday.