The table tennis action rolls along on Tuesday in Russia with another slate of Pro League matches. There is also the Czech TT Star Series and Setka Cup with lines up for offer this week. If you’re going by which league is the best out of the three, it goes the Pro League in Russia, TT Star Series, and then the Setka Cup in Ukraine.
Some of the players in the Setka Cup are merely doing it for some extra cash on the side. It’s not meant to be a springboard to the German or Chinese league. The China Super League is by far the top table tennis league in the world, while Germany has a pretty competitive outfit as well.
Now, there are some good table tennis players in the Pro League Russia. Going from watching table tennis in the Pro League to the Setka Cup is like watching the KHL to a rec league at your local arena. In any event, you can still find winners in the Setka Cup. We will likely get back to the Setka Cup in the future.
However, for now we’ve been focusing on the TT Star Series and Russia Pro League. Yesterday was a Czech Republic day in the TT Star Series, as we took a split with Tomas Tregler winning and Tomas Konency coming up short. Tregler has not failed us yet and continues to turn a profit. If you want to blindly bet on anyone in the TT Star Series, he’s one of your better options.
There are far fewer players in the TT Star Series than Russia. I think that’s a bit of a catch-22. It allows you to focus and get acclimated in the Czech Republic, the sample size of options in the Russia Pro League is much larger. Oddsmakers are having an easier time pinpointing odds in the TT Star Series with fewer players.
You’ll routinely find insane odds like -2500 on a player versus an inferior opponent. They are starting to figure out who the pretenders are, though there are still opportunities where you can be one step ahead of the oddsmakers. Head below for our free Alexander Gribkov vs. Aleksandr Volkov pick in the Russia Pro League for April 7, 2020.
Alexander Gribkov vs Aleksandr Volkov Russia Pro League Betting Odds:
Alexander Gribkov vs. Aleksandr Volkov Prediction:
An Alexander and Aleksandr will battle in the early stages of the morning in North America. Alexander Gribkov and Aleksandr Volkov are set to battle in the Pro League around 4:00 a.m. EST. We faded Volkov against Igor Smirnov the other day and it paid off for us with a win. Gribkov was in play a lot yesterday, as he participated in eight matches. He got off to a hot run, with wins in five straight matches. One of those wins was against Volkov in straight sets. Following the five wins in a row, Girbkov regressed with two losses, but was able to respond for a win to wrap up the day. Gribkov had an impressive record of 6-2 on Monday.
Going back to April 4, Gribkov sports a nice record of 13-3 in his previous 16 matches. A nice roll for one of the better table tennis players in the Pro League. He does not have the talent to compete against the likes of Kirill Skachkov and Alexander Shibeav, but can pick on weaker opponents in the Pro League in Russia. Skachkov and Shibeav are the only Russian table tennis players who rank in the top-100 nationally. Gribkov has made easy work against Volkov in their recent meetings on April 5 and 6.
Girbkov pounded Volkov for a sweep in straight sets in each match. He won 12-10, 11-4, 11-6 yesterday and 13-11, 11-7, 11-8 on the 5th. Three matches ago, Gribkov was a winner as well, though Volkov was able to win a set at least. Gribkov got the win in that meeting on the 4th 11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 12-10. So even the set that Volkov did win, he had to fight for it against Gribkov. Volkov is 6-6 in his previous 12 matches for an even mark of .500. The majority of his wins have come against Aleksandr Petrov. However, he’s been well below average against other opponents. A play on Alexander Gribkov looks good on Tuesday morning.