We have a couple of table tennis picks on Monday to get the week started. Both are early Monday morning matchups from Russia and Czech Republic. Our overall table tennis record is a respectable 31-20 and seek to improve on Monday to 33-20. We got no favors from the Moscow Liga Pro last week, as both of our selections lost to drop us back slightly. The KBO and CPBL are dark on Monday, so table tennis and horse racing are pretty well the only betting options online. There are some other smaller sports like darts and short hockey on offer, but table tennis will dominate the betting handle today at online sportsbooks.
There are some other tournaments in the early stages of opening up their events, including the China Liga Pro, Pro Spin Series, and Challenger Series Ochsenhausen. Attention will be diverted to the Chinese Super League for table tennis once that gets off the ground. The start of the China Liga Pro is a good sign, but the Super League is far superior and generally operates with fans in attendance. You can find some of the best table tennis players in the world playing in that table tennis outfit. Ma Long, one of the most popular players in the world, is a regular competitor in the Super League.
You can find a handful of players in the Moscow Liga Pro with some talent, but they wouldn’t look so good against better competition. We’re hoping that it won’t be long before things return to regularly scheduled programming, but at the earliest, there won’t be major sports leagues playing in North American until July. Major League Baseball has a plan in place to begin then, but that could change by the end of the week. Everything is tentative when it comes to restarting leagues. One of the ultimate social distancing sports, table tennis, continues on Monday, though. Head below for our free Moscow Liga Pro Pick between Kirill Abramov vs. Dmitry Merzlikin. This match is scheduled for around 4:45 a.m. EST.
Kirill Abramov vs. Dmitry Merzlikin Moscow Liga Pro Table Tennis Odds:
Kirill Abramov vs. Dmitry Merzlikin Prediction:
Dmitry Merzlikin, who might make you think of Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of the better players in the Liga Pro in Russia — yes, I miss hockey, by the way. Merzlikin is riding some nice momentum going into Monday, having gone 9-2 in his previous 11 matches. Dating back to May 8, Merzlikin has been locked in for a record of 20-5. Since starting his play in the Moscow Liga Pro on March 22, Merzlikin has posted a healthy record of 48-22 to frustrate most of the opponents he’s played in this tournament. That includes Kirill Abramov.
Kirill Abramov has gone 6-12 in his career against Merzlikin, with six straight losses against him. While Merzlikin has been focused as ever, Abramov has been losing sight at the tables recently. He’s gone 1-6 in his last seven matches and is 7-11 in his previous 18 outings. As part of a six-match losing streak against Merzlikin, he’s fallen way behind Merzlikin. Overall in the Liga Pro, Abramov has accumulated a mark of 41-34. That looks respectable, but he is going to have to get hot really soon to have an opportunity to win this tournament, as unlikely as that is. Issues will likely persist for Abramov against Merzlikin on Monday. I think Merzlikin should be in the -265 range here.