One of the most untouchable sports in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has to be table tennis. While the CPBL is up and running in Taiwan, and the KBO is starting in South Korea on Tuesday, table tennis in Europe has not slowed down. Since the beginning of the first major shutdown in most countries, table tennis ploughed forward in a world of virtually no sports. It’s going to be the only time in history that table tennis was the biggest handle for sportsbooks. Scrambling to offer wagering options, table tennis has been the one constant throughout all of this.
That’s not saying every tournament and league has been able to get up and running, though. The World Table Tennis Championship has been postponed to late September, and the China Super League is still awaiting word on when they can return. The Chinese Basketball Association attempted to get their season running again, but that grinded to a halt when the government announced that sporting competition. Social distancing can be done in table tennis, but every sport was put under the same umbrella.
There are several tournaments underway at this very moment, with multiple matches taking place, mostly in European countries. Russia and Ukraine have a firm hold on the table tennis picture right now. Czech Republic is probably third in terms of handle. It really comes down to what’s available, and Russia and Ukraine are offering the most matches.
You might not be familiar with any of these players, but some of them play a lot of matches in a day, so it’s easy to study a bit. Aleksandr Volkov has proven to be a winner for us in the past. Volkov will be in action against Nikita Lyfenko around 4:00 a.m. EST on Monday morning. Head below for our free Moscow Liga Pro pick between Aleksandr Volkov and Nikita Lyfenko.
Aleksandr Volkov vs. Nikita Lyfenko Moscow Liga Pro Betting Odds:
Aleksandr Volkov vs. Nikita Lyfenko Prediction:
Nikita Lyfenko is looking to get out of a monster cold streak on Monday. His game has been way off recently, as he hopes to turn things around finally. There have been no signs of Lyfenko getting things on track, though. He has lost 25 straight matches for a record of 0-25. I don’t know how that’s possible, but you have to think it’s something to do with focus. In his last day on the table tennis courts, Lyfenko lost in straight sets in five of his eight matches. He was able to bring just two of his opponents to a fifth set, where he ultimately fell apart and lost 11-5 and 11-3.
Aleksandr Volkov was able to make easy work of Lyfenko in five straight matches. He has won by scores of 3-0, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-1 against Lyfenko. Volkov hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s been solid with a record of 6-3 in his previous nine outings. Since May 1, Volkov has recorded a mark of 12-8. Not great, not bad, but should be enough to dispatch Lyfenko on Monday. It’s a hefty price to pay on Volkov and is probably the right play. However, to cut the odds down a bit, consider the UNDER. Volkov will likely cut through Lyfenko easily and put an end to this match early.