Other players are healthy and ready to fight for the victory. So far Crvena Zvezda played against Darussafaka (lost after wasting double digit lead) and won against Galatasaray, which is not playing at its best right now.
Summer refreshed with new coach Barcelona travels to Belgrade without Navarro, Doellman and Koponen. Ribas returned to the field but is far from his best conditions. Victor Claver can’t find his rhythm and playing very limited role in his new club, despite he had many minutes last season with Bartzokas in Lokomotiv Kuban. Barca at the moment doesn’t look good, especially in away games, where they won against weak Manresa (56:50) and Unics (69:63), lost to Bilbao (79:92). Still hard to say what is wrong with this team, but seems that they still need few weeks to clear the roles inside the team.
I doubt that such players as Perperouglu, Dorsey, Vezenkov, Claver, Ribas are not so much better players than serbian youngsters, who are very motivated in such games. At home Crvena Zvezda has at least 50% to win against this version of Barcelona. +4.5 handicap looks too much here for me. With hot fans support Serbian team has enough skills to fight with second Barcelona unit.
Low-to-medium stakes due the start of the season and some questions left about Crvena Zvezda players (and their opponents) level.
Pick: Crvena Zvezda +4 @ 1.86 5/10
Paid picks & previews
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