Sergey Sokolov vs. Maksym Marchuk Pick – Setka Cup May 16, 2020

Looking for some table tennis betting this weekend? There’s plenty of action to go around in Europe on Saturday. The Setka Cup has powered through the pandemic in Ukraine and has provided hundreds of options for betting everyday. It isn’t the most high-profile table tennis, but it seems to be better than the Moscow Liga Pro for betting purposes. That tournament has to be the most frustrating amongst the variety of table tennis tournaments available right now.

Guys that look like they’re in complete control will just fall apart and suddenly not know how to play defence or capitalize on errors. No, this doesn’t mean you’re going to go perfect in the Setka Cup, Czech TT Star Series, or the other tournaments, but the Liga Pro in Russia can be something else at times. I’m not even going to get into the bizarre odds moves leading up to matches. You learn as you go with new sports you’re becoming familiar with, and that’s one I am looking away from now. The Czech TT Star Series, however, has been quite profitable.

Overall, our table tennis record stands at 32-22 after dropping a pick in the Challenger Series in Germany the other day. If I were to stop betting on table tennis today, then I’d finish with a record in the positive. That’d be enough for me to declare victory. While I want to win as much as possible, obviously, this is more for the entertainment value than anything else. I will wait for sports in North America to resume before bets for full units are wagered again.

In any event, table tennis has gone well from a wagering perspective. After getting really hot, variance can bring you back down to earth, though. After going 1-3 in my previous for table tennis picks, the negative variance is hopefully done with. The Setka Cup always has unlimited options throughout the day and night. All we need is one good pick to have a nice day, though. Sergey Sokolov and Maksim Marchuk will square off towards the end of the day, or about 8:55 a.m. EST. Head below for our free Setka Cup pick between Sergey Sokolov vs. Maksym Marchuk on May 16, 2020.

Sergey Sokolov vs. Maksym Marchuk Setka Cup Table Tennis Odds:


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  • Sokolov (+132)
  • Marchuk (-161)
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Sergey Sokolov vs. Maksym Marchuk Prediction:

Sergey Sokolov and Maksym Marchuk will square off for the first time in their careers. There is no history between Sokolov and Marchuk, with Marchuk playing between the Setka Cup and Ukraine Win Cup. That’s the same for Sokolov, who has played in both tournaments since March. However, neither have crossed paths until Saturday. Marchuk is the one with all of the momentum going into Saturday. He has been red-hot and only has two recent losses to speak of as blemishes in his portfolio in mid-May.

Marchuk is going into Saturday with a record of 13-2 in his previous 15 matches. In the two matches he lost, those were competitive battles that could have gone either way. Note that Marchuk lost in the fifth set in both matches, with scores of 13-11 and 11-9 in the final frame. That’s as close as you can come to winning without getting the win. Dating back to May 5, Marchuk has been in fine form with a record of 19-6. In only one of those matches did Marchuk lose by less than five sets.

Going back to when Marchuk opened his Setka Cup and Win Cup season in 2020, he owns an overall record of 81-46. Since Marchuk lost six of seven matches at the start of the moment, he hasn’t gotten himself into major trouble and has been playing consistently well at the table tennis courts. Sokolov has not been able to enjoy the same level of success, but he will look for a decent upset on Saturday over Marchuk.

Sokolov 2-4 in his previous six matches and has had issues getting something consistent going in the Setka Cup and Win Cup. He’s 13-21 in his previous 34 matches. The best success that Sokolov has had was way back at the start in March. He went 9-2 to open his Setka Cup campaign in 2020. However, since then Sokolov has taken his foot off the gas and has gone 50-55 to hover under the .500 mark. I think we’re getting a pretty affordable price on Marchuk to get the win over Sokolov here in the Setka Cup on Saturday.


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Kyle E / Author

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