Preview: Khimki Moscow Region vs. Astana Kazakhstan18 october 2020

On Monday, October 19, 2020 Khimki Moscow Region in Khimki will face Astana Kazakhstan in a VTB United League regular season game. Tip-off at 19:30 msk. Don't miss!


Founded in 2011
Team colors: blue and white
Honors: Kazakhstan National League winner (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Kazakhstan National League silver (2016), Kazakhstan National Cup (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019), VTB United League 1/4 finals (2015)
Arena: Arena Velotrack (capacity – 9270)
Head coach: Emil Rajkovic
General Manager: Valery Tikhonenko
Official website:

Where to watch

LIVE: Match TV (19:25), Match! Strana (replay at 22:30),, VTB United League website
Text online: VTB United League website


Rimas Kurtinaitis, Khimki Moscow Region head coach:

“This is probably the first time this season we have good news. Alexey Shved, Janis Timma, Evgeny Voronov and Jordan Mickey are ready to play, and as a coach I am very happy about it. Now we can do full practices. We will see how we will be at the games, because these players did not practice for a long time. It won't be easy right away, as they need to catch up and get in shape. It's a pity that Sergey Monia had his back injury. Everyone knows his fighting qualities, he always plays to the maximum and gives himself completely to the game. It is not clear how long he will be out, but it is clear that we have lost one of our best fighters. In recent games, he played great, helped the team with his experience and energy. However, injuries and losses are part of our job. It's time to get back on our feet and start winning. Tomorrow we have to play with Astana. This is a dangerous opponent with the same coach as in previous seasons. We know their playing style: they are a good running team with six foreigners. It won't be easy, even though we are playing at home. We will have to induct, in fact, new players after injuries and coronavirus, and this is not easy after a month's absence on the court. It will be difficult, but there is nowhere to retreat”.