We’re back to Czechia for the Czech TT Star Series on Monday. They completed one stage of the tournament last week, as David Reitspies was declared the winner with a win over Tomas Konecny in the finals. I haven’t seen Reitspies participating in this stage after he won, though Konecny took some time off before getting back to the table tennis courts. He hasn’t played since last week on May 12. Konecny went on a four-match winning streak, but struggled at the wrong time in the finals against Reitspies.
Konecny, one of the finest table tennis players in the country, is back at his post and looking to bounce back after a week off. He’s unlikely to be going anywhere, and should be a major threat to the rest of the players in the Czech TT Star Series again. Konecny will have seven matches on his plate to get the new week started on Monday. He will play three matches before having to play Jiri Vrablik around 7:55 a.m. EST. That should be enough time for Konecny to get rid of the rust before facing Vrablik later in the day.
The Setka Cup was nice to us over the weekend, as he went 2-0 with our table tennis picks. We have another Setka Cup pick today for earlier in the morning on Monday. That was only the third Setka Cup selection I’ve made, with the rest of success primarily coming in the Czech TT Star Series. Hopefully we can start the week with some more winning picks in the TT Star Series in Czechia. There isn’t any baseball today, with the KBO and CPBL both off on Mondays, so this is a table tennis day.
Bovada is one of the few sportsbooks that offers totals on table tennis. BetOnline is the best site out there for moneyline wagers, but Bovada has you covered for totals. They stopped offering totals in the heavily lopsided matches, which we were able to take advantage of a couple times. That could have been a goldmine, though sportsbooks aren’t dumb and are usually quick to respond to sure trends discovered by bettors. At least I was able to profit a little before they pulled it. In any event, this looks like a good spot to play a total on Monday between Jiri Vrablik and Tomas Konecny. Head below for our free Czech TT Star Series pick for May 18, 2020.
Jiri Vrablik vs. Tomas Konecny Czech TT Star Series Table Tennis Odds:
Jiri Vrablik vs. Tomas Konecny Prediction:
Jiri Vrablik and Tomas Konecny are two of the better players in the Czech TT Star Series. Vrablik is probably a tier below Konecny, but not by far and he’s certainly capable of pulling the upset off in this one. Overall, Konecny has beaten Vrablik for a 11-7 advantage in 18 matches. Vrablik has won two of their previous three matches, 3-1 and 3-2.
In three of their last five matches, Vrablik has won by scores of 3-1, 3-2, 3-2. Having said that, Konecny might be a bit hungry today after losing in the finals against David Reitspies last week. We’ll see if the week off helped him or not. With three matches ahead of his meeting with Vrablik, there shouldn’t be any rust.
Vrablik was on a monster run in April with 14 straight wins and a record of 17-1 in 18 matches. He definitely has the talent to get that hot, and while he’s stabilized somewhat since then, Vrablik has still sported a solid record of 32-24 after he went 17-1 in April. In other words, Vrablik has the talent to get into a competitive match with the talented Konecny.
Konecny ranks 4th in the country and 203rd globally. He’s gone 38-24 in his previous 62 matches. Konecny has the talent to do even better than that, so it will be interesting to see how he responds after the week off. He could tear through the competition today like it’s nothing. Against Vrablik, though, he’s likely going to get into a tight battle.
Neither have recorded a win in straight sets in 11 meetings. That was on January 20 in a Challenger Series tournament. Since then, they’ve needed a fifth set or four to decide a winner. With a total of 74.5, four sets without a total blowout in a set or two is enough to get to the OVER. Of course, five sets is essentially an auto-win. I think we should be able to the OVER in this matchup.