Anatolii Kozachenko vs. Aleksandr Zhirnov Pick – Setka Cup March 25, 2020

We were in Russia and Czech Republic the last two days, and now we’re back in the Ukraine for the Setka Cup. The Setka Cup has a plethora of table tennis options from the Ukraine on Wednesday. Our first two table tennis picks were a success, as we cashed in Russia on Monday and the Czech Republic yesterday morning. We’ll be going for the hat-trick in the Setka Cup, as we search for another table tennis winner Wednesday.

With all of the table tennis matches taking place, the sport might have the biggest handle besides horse racing in the world over the next world. As crazy and ridiculous as that sounds. Until the Chinese Basketball Association gets going, in what is likely going to be mid-April, table tennis is going to be front and centre for sports bettors.

People are desperate to watch sports, so the CBA, who has some former NBA players in their league, will draw some attention from the US. Lance Stephenson and Jeremy Lin are already back in China as they anticipate the league restarting. Stephenson was apparently in talks with the Indiana Pacers to sign a deal a couple of weeks ago, but there hasn’t been much noise regarding that now.

In any event, we have some table tennis winners to get to before they tip-off in Asia. Keep in mind that table tennis matches are not like regular tennis. They are super fast and one match can be over in less than 20 minutes. If you want to follow your bets as they’re playing, make sure to tune-in at the right time. Like a horse race, it could be over before you have time to watch or follow the score. Some sportsbooks, like Bet365, provide live streaming of most table tennis matches.

Everything happens so fast that it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on. Just keep an eye on the score tracker and you’ll be fine. BetOnline is providing a handful of games Wednesday in the Setka Cup. This is an early Wednesday morning match in the Ukraine, so set your alarm clock, or if you’re on the west coast you might be staying up a little late to follow your bet. It’s set to begin at 6:10 a.m. EST and 3:10 a.m. PST. Head below for our free Anatolii Kozachenko vs. Aleksandr Zhirnov pick in the Setka Cup on March 25, 2020.

Anatolii Kozachenko vs. Aleksandr Zhirnov Setka Cup Betting Odds:

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  • Kozachenko -237
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Anatolii Kozachenko vs. Aleksandr Zhirnov Setka Cup Prediction:

Tomas Konecny was able to get the job done for us on Tuesday morning, as he won in straight sets over Jakub Kleprlik. It wasn’t much of a contest, with Konency only running into issues for a few seconds in the second set. We will hope for some more easy winning bets in table tennis moving forward as well. Anatolii Kozachenko will be in action against Aleksandr Zhirnov in the Ukraine on Wednesday.

Zhirnov is looking to get on track following a brutal stretch recently. Nothing has been working for him, as he continues to get overmatched in the Sekta Cup. Table tennis players get paid by the win, so Zhirnov must pull it together and start winning some matches. That hasn’t been the case recently. Players at this level need wins to continue playing. Top table tennis players can rake in a lot of money, but if losses keep piling up for the less talented players, it can be difficult to continue playing.

Zhirnov heads into Wednesday with just one win in his previous ten matches. In four of those loses, Zhirnov lost in straight sets or 3-1. It’s been a long time since Zhirnov has compiled three wins. As far as Kozachenko is concerned, it only took him a day to score three wins. Kozachenko had a fairly productive Tuesday, as he won three out of his five matches.

Kozachenko enters Wednesday on a two-match winning streak, with victories over Alexey Nadporozhsky in straight sets and against Mikhail Teteruk. In his last four matches, Kozachenko has won by a combined 9-4 sets. He’s an okay player that should be able to stomp on Zhirnov, who is trying to figure out which way is up and down at the moment. I’d back Kozachenko against an inferior opponent on Wednesday. Note that there is an Anatoly Kozachenko playing today as well. This bet is for Anatolii. They are two different people if you get confused when looking at the odds board.

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