- Sunday offers up another day of around the clock action in Moscow Liga Pro table tennis.
- Which matches are some of the best bets from the afternoon card?
- Analysis of the odds and picks on how to play these matches follows in the story below
Sundays have never been the same since sports bettors discovered Moscow Liga Pro table tennis. Or Mondays. And Tuesdays. Well, to be honest, any day for that matter.
Russian table tennis is the star of COVID-19. It’s infected the minds of bettors and just won’t go away.
In fact, Moscow Liga Pro action is the perfect metaphor for life during the coronavirus. Two players are entirely social distanced as they compete at opposite ends of a table. The only other person in the room is the official/scorekeeper.
To keep tabs on the match, he utilizes one of those old flip card systems like you would’ve seen in a high school gym in the 1980s. The match takes place in a harsh, barren environment.
The room is completely surrounded by bleak tarpaulins. It looks like the type of place they might have taken dissidents in the old Soviet Union days in order to enable them to be reeducated.
With matches taking place around the clock, there’s action galore. The opportunities for live betting and for parlay wagering are seemingly endless.
Moscow Liga Pro Table Tennis Odds
|Alexander Serebrennikov||+137||+1.5 (-163)||O 74.5 (-120)||Vladimir Nemashkalo||-188||-1.5 (+120)||U 74.5 (-120)|
|Maxim Pronkin||-200||-1.5 (+110)||O 74.5 (-120)||Danila Andreev||+150||+1.5 (-150)||U 74.5 (-120)|
|Oleg Shagarov||+125||+1.5 (-163)||O 74.5 (-120)||Aleksandr Volkov||-175||-1.5 (+120)||U 74.5 (-120)|
|Demik Ying||+175||+1.5 (-125)||O 75.5 (-120)||Vladimir Shirokov||-250||-1.5 (-110)||U 75.5 (-120)|
|Alexey Ermilov||-120||+1.5 (-250)||O 75.5 (-120)||Sergey Kuzmin||-120||-1.5 (+175)||U 75.5 (-120)|
|Kirill Abramov||-450||-1.5 (-175)||O 70.5 (-120)||Zhasur Hudaiberdiev||+300||+1.5 (+125)||U 70.5 (-120)|
|Sergey Kuzmin||+125||+1.5 (-163)||O 74.5 (-120)||Ilya Novikov||-175||-1.5 (+120)||U 74.5 (-120)|
|Viktor Ivanov||+200||+1.5 (-120)||O 73.5 (-120)||Oleg Nikiforov||-275||-1.5 (-120)||U 73.5 (-120)|
|Alexey Yanshaev||-200||-1.5 (+110)||O 74.5 (-120)||Alexander Gribkov||+150||+1.5 (-150)||U 74.5 (-120)|
|Dmitry Merzlikin||-138||-1.5 (+162)||O 75.5 (-120)||Aleksandr Frolov||+100||+1.5 (-225)||U 75.5 (-120)|
Odds taken June 14.
Russian table tennis matches are best-of-five affairs. The winner of each game is the first player to get to 11 points. However, all matches must be won by a minimum of two points. Service changes hands every other point scored.
Let’s take a look at some of the best bets during Sunday afternoon’s Moscow Liga Pro card.
Serebrennikov Set For Upset Special
There’s a lot not to like about Alexander Serebrennikov. For starters, he goes on unbelievably long losing streaks. Sometimes, even the Detroit Red Wings can’t believe how brutal his performance can be.
At one point this year, Serebrennikov lost 29 matches in succession. Currently, his losing skid is just two games. That came on the heels of a two-game winning streak, which was preceded by an eight-match skid.
And I thought the $500 I lost betting Russian table tennis this morning was a mistake https://t.co/hIjNE1P1rE
— Jamie Faidley (@jamiefaidley) June 10, 2020
One of those two wins was against Vladimir Nemashkalo, and here’s the thing – Serebrennikov has won two in a row from Nemashkalo. True, if you take their history back a bit longer, Nemashkalo owns 4-2 and 7-3 edges in match outcomes.
However, Serebrennikov did assemble a six-match winning run against Nemashkalo from October-December. Nemashkalo is 3-5 overall in his last eight matches. Serebrennikov has handed him two of his last four defeats.
Pick: Alexander Serebrennikov (+137)
Volkov-Shagarov Present Conundrum
On the one hand, Oleg Shagarov is playing solid table tennis. He’s won four of his last six matches and eight of 11.
However, when he stares across the net at Aleksandr Volkov, things change and not in a good way. He’s lost four matches in a row to Volkov, and 12 out of 14 games.
So I was planning to take the family on vacation to Disneyland but after losing the money to Russian table tennis the fam will be taking a trip to IHOP. Prick son ain’t gonna be happy! #Iloseitall #degenerate
— Gambling Jesus (@NicksSportsPick) June 11, 2020
Then again, if you run their head-to-head stats back a bit further, Shagarov has won nine of 17 meetings. But Volkov was the victor in 13 of their last 22 contests.
This one’s a tough call. Volkov, though, has won seven of his last eight matches against all competition. He’s posted five sweeps in that span.
Pick: Aleksandr Volkov (-175)
Shirokov Dominating Against Ying
Against anyone else, Vladimir Shirokov is summarily unimpressive. But Shirokov simply wears out Demik Ying.
Shirokov has won four matches in a row from Ying. Take it back a bit further and he’s captured seven of eight, nine of 11 and 11 of 14.
Russian table tennis is the blackjack of sports betting. If you know, you know.
— Andrew Timoni 🇺🇸🇮🇹🇩🇪 (@AndrewTimoni) June 8, 2020
That doesn’t even take into account the nine-match winning streak Shirokov put together against Ying from August-January.
Overall, though, Shirokov has lost 11 of his last 12 matches. Ying has dropped four in a row and five of six.
Pick: Vladimir Shirokov (-250)
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