Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas will be the second round of this year’s Euroleague. The previous round was quite different for both teams. While Khimki lost against Panathinaikos in the last seconds, Zalgiris managed to surprise everyone and win an away game against Olympiacos also in the last seconds. Both teams should be now motivated to seek for a win. To have more insights on this Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas match, please read our preview below.
It will be a very tough game for the Russians. Since 3 players are not ready to play, 3 more were infected with Covid-19. Therefore half team is questionable and even the coach doesn’t know which players he can use. Nevertheless, Khimki decided not to postpone the game and use the players they have. Since the main players such as Shved, Timma, Mickey, Monroe are unsure if they will play, Zalgiris is being considered favourites to win this game, even though they are playing once again an away game. However, Khimki played in VTB without all these players this weekend and looked quite well and have shown some good quality. Russians clearly cannot be underestimated, but knowing their difficult situation, hard to expect their win against a fresh opponent.
This summer was probably toughest for Lithuanian champions in the last five years. With coach Jasikevicius departure to Barcelona, many who believe Zalgiris will finish as high as 14th place. Team had some changes, arrived Lauvergne, Garino. Both players had some serious injuries in the past year, but the French seem to be in the perfect shape, as Garino only played his first game this weekend and will take some more time to come back to his best. Luckily, all the main players are fine and able to play, also coach Shiller seems to have found a new card-Rokas Jokubaitis. The kid has shown true nerves of steel against Olympiacos and surely will try to do the same against Khimki. Nevertheless, the team is not yet balanced and obviously needs time to find their best game.
Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas H2H
Both teams have faced each other 4 times in the 2 years sharing 2 wins. All games were won by a home team.