Andrey Kirilenko vs. Alexander Gribkov Pick – Moscow Liga Pro May 2, 2020

If you want to bet on Russian table tennis at any hour of the day you’re in luck, because the Moscow Liga Pro card continues to operate at full speed. Combined with the Czech TT Star Series, we’ve turned what is often regarded as an obscure sport, into a profitable situation. Our latest table tennis prediction was successful, as Tomas Konecny was a winner on Wednesday in five sets.

He cut it close, and needed to erase a 2-0 deficit in five sets, but Konecny was able to get it done for us. The TT Star Series has been particularly kind to us the past couple of months. Their tournament is dark over the weekend, so we’ll get back to Czech table tennis early next week. For now, we’ll be in Russia looking for table tennis winners in the Moscow Liga Pro.

Table tennis might be viewed as a “degenerate” bet in certain countries, but if you there’s odds on an event, that means you can handicap it to the best of your ability. It might be tough to jump into a sport you’re not very familiar with at first, but if you follow it enough, you’ll begin to become familiar with individual players. I’m only betting on table tennis players that I’m becoming familiar with at this point.

If I see a spot play elsewhere, I’ll look to get involved, though. I’ve bet on Alexander Gribkov before and was rewarded for it with a win. We’re taking a look at another Gribkov match on Saturday in the Moscow Liga Pro. He’s one of the more reliable players in the tournament. He has plenty of work left to do if he wants to be regarded as one of the top players in Russia, but for the purposes of this competition, he’s a fairly serviceable player.

Gribkov has three matches on deck Saturday, one of which is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. EST against Andrey Kirilenko. This will be the first time that Gribkov and Kirilenko lock horns, so it’ll be a new approach for both participants. Like playing poker or chess for the first time against an opponent, the strategy might change a bit against a new foe. Head below for our free Andrey Kirilenko vs. Alexander Gribkov pick for May 2, 2020.

Andrey Kirilenko vs. Alexander Gribkov Moscow Liga Pro Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Kirilenko OFF
  • Gribkov OFF
Moneyline:

  • Kirilenko (+120)
  • Gribkov (-170)
Total Points:

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

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Andrey Kirilenko vs. Alexander Gribkov Prediction:

Bovada incorrectly has Alexander Gribkov listed as Aleksandr, so if you’re looking for Alexander, it’s the same person. Gribkov heads into Saturday with wins in six of his previous eight meetings for a record of 6-2 since yesterday. In the Liga Pro, players are expected to play a lot of matches per day. This is one of the quieter days for Gribkov, as he has only three matches scheduled. That should give him a bit more time to prepare for Andrey Kirilenko, who he has never played before.

For a little bigger sample size, let’s go back to April 25. Gribkov has gone 21-15 since then, which is adequate, but something to be improved upon. Having said that, Gribkov is a better player than a whole lot of others in the Moscow Liga Pro. Kirilenko has been on a big slide heading into Saturday. He’s winless in five straight matches, and is 3-18 in his previous 21 matches. Dating back to April 24, Kirilenko has gone 8-32 on the table tennis court in the Liga Pro. I don’t need to tell you that’s awful. Gribkov isn’t the best this tournament has to offer, but he should be in fine form against Kirilenko on Saturday.

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