Alexey Yanshaev vs. Alexander Gribkov Pick – Moscow Liga Pro May 9, 2020

We hit a small bump in the road on Friday, as our table tennis betting winning streak came to an end. In any event, it’s only one loss, and the big picture includes a record of 31-19. Despite suffering a loss yesterday, there isn’t much to complain about with those results. Table tennis continues to be a fan favorite for sports bettors while they wait for sports in North America. UFC 249 is scheduled to continue on Saturday despite the Covid-19 threat.

In fact, a fighter who was on the fight card, Ronaldo Souza, tested positive for coronavirus. The results of his test were released on Friday. Dana White has indicated there won’t be any disruptions to the card except the Souza fight. Souza is asymptomatic and expected to make a full recovery. As far as table tennis is concerned, there have been no disruptions to the Moscow Liga Pro.

They continue to play and hold full cards in Russia. Covid-19 cases are up in Russia, and Moscow is in lockdown until the end of the moment, but certain industries are allowed to operate. That includes sports, which includes table tennis events. The decision to halt the KHL was not a government decision. There is hockey, sort of, taking place in Russia with the Liga Pro Short hockey circuit. It looks like a beer hockey league played on a small portion of the ice more than anything.

The sheer volume of table tennis matches makes it the sport of choice for the sportsbooks, though. The Korean baseball league is getting a lot of attention recently, but with only five matches played a day, table tennis will likely dominate the betting handle for the majority of betting outfits.

Even when things return to normal, I’m sure some sports bettors, when there is nothing to bet on in the morning, will turn to table tennis. That will be the case for us on Saturday morning. This match is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. EST. Head below for our free Alexey Yanshaev vs. Alexander Gribkov pick for May 9, 2020 in the Moscow Liga Pro.

Alexey Yanshaev vs. Alexander Gribkov Moscow Liga Pro Table Tennis Betting Odds:

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Moneyline:

  • Yanshaev (-175)
  • Gribkov (+125)
Total Points:

  • Over 74.5 (-120)
  • Under 74.5 (-120)

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Alexey Yanshaev vs. Alexander Gribkov Prediction:

Alexey Yanshaev and Alexander Gribkov should be a pretty good matchup in Russia on Saturday. It’s too bad that we’re not talking about Russian hockey players in the NHL playoffs at the moment, but you have to take the curve balls that life throws sometimes. Instead, it’s Russian ping-pong players in the Moscow Liga Pro.

Both Yanshaev and Gribkov are respected players that typically have winning days. Gribkov has been playing solid table tennis recently, as he’s gone 6-2 in his previous eight matches. Going back to May 5, Gribkov is 11-8 in his previous nine matches. He lost three straight matches on Thursday, but bounced back nicely yesterday with six wins in eight matches on Friday.

Yanshaev has been rather mediocre at the tables recently. He’s gone 6-7 in his previous 13 matches 13-13 in his last 26 matches. Also note that Yanshaev is 14 -18 in his previous 32 outings. Yanshaev finished up the day with two wins over Viktor Ivanov on Friday, but was a loser in two straight before getting back on track. His results have been a bit all over the place of late, and he’s also had some issues against Gribkov in recent meetings.

Gribkov has won two of their previous three meetings by scores of 3-1 and 3-2. Yanshaev won a close matchup over Gribkov on May 1, 3-2. In a matchup that should be closer than the odds indicate, the odds look a bit out of focus here. Yanshaev hasn’t been in quality form recently and shouldn’t be a -175 favorite over Gribkov, who should be able to give him a run for his money.

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