Aleksandr Petrov vs. Oleg Shagarov Pick – Moscow Liga Pro April 14, 2020

Russia will have a full slate of table tennis action on Tuesday. Both of our table tennis picks were from Czechia yesterday and we made the most of it with two wins. Hopefully we can find a winner in Moscow in the Liga Pro on Tuesday. Our other pick for the day comes from the Czech TT Star Series.

With some good fortunes on our side, it could be another perfect day to give us a hat-trick in that respect. It wasn’t the most stressful wins, as both of our selections on Monday won in four sets. A sweep is the most ideal situation, but I’ll take the next best scenario.

Table tennis continues to skyrocket in popularity with sports shutdown around the world. Now, once the pandemic settles down, and regularly scheduled programming begins to return for sports bettors, table tennis will move way down the totem pole.

In any event, it probably caught at least a few fans that might use table tennis as a betting option when sports are light, especially at odd hours of the morning when there isn’t anything going on in North America. The more you follow table tennis, the more you get acclimated with some of the more popular players that are routinely on betting cards. That should be helpful in the future for sports bettors looking for a table tennis edge.

The latest on sports in North America is still in the status of TBD. The NBA had their HORSE competition on ESPN, which was interesting to say the least, while they continue to float the idea of holding the rest of their season in Las Vegas. There are multiple facilities that can host basketball games in Vegas, but the most realistic might be at Mandalay Bay.

Players and personnel could stay there and not have to leave the compound at Mandalay Bay. Luxor is attached, so if they needed extra room for staff, that could provide an option as well. This idea might be dependent on how reliable rapid test kits are, though. Major League Baseball continues to entertain playing in the desert and possibly Florida. Meanwhile, the table tennis action is still going strong overseas. We have a Moscow Liga Pro pick for you below. This match is scheduled for 8 a.m. EST.

Aleksandr Petrov vs. Oleg Shagarov Czech Moscow Liga Pro Betting Odds:

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Moneyline:

  • Petrov +175
  • Shagarov -250
Total Points:

  • Over 73.5 (-125)
  • Over 73.5 (-125)

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Aleksandr Petrov vs. Oleg Shagarov Prediction:

Aleksandr Petrov is going to need his best performance to tackle Oleg Shagarov in this match. Petrov is the younger player, with Shagarov a seasoned veteran that is likely going to be able to use his experience to knock off Petrov again. They have met once in the past, with Shagarov bypassing Petrov easily in three sets. He won 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 on Monday over Petrov for what was a walk in the park for Shagarov. Shagarov won 75% of service points and 58% of receiver points in the match. He’s been on a nice run recently, with a record of 13-3 in his previous 16 matches.

The most impressive accomplishment for Shagarov during this 16-match run is how he’s been winning. In 12 out of those 13 wins, Shagarov has won in three or four sets. When he’s been on point, it has been tough to slow him down. That’s likely going to be the case again for Shagarov against Petrov on Tuesday. Petrov has been off the mark with a record of 2-10 in his previous 12 matches.

In eight of those losses for Petrov, he lost in straight sets or by a score of 3-1. In other words, he hasn’t really been close to putting a dent into his opponents. And note that in the last three wins he’s had, they’ve all been against the same player, Vladimir Safonov. Besides Safonov, Petrov has had issues beating anybody else at the table. It’s likely going to be a rough match for Petrov against Shagarov. He might be able to win a set, but likely won’t come close to smelling a win here. I’d consider backing Oleg Shagarov on Tuesday. Despite the hefty price, he should probably be a bit higher.

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