Sven Happek vs. Florian Bluhm Pick – Challenger Series May 13, 2020

The Challenger Series in Germany continues into the second session of Week 20 on Wednesday. It’s one of the most highly rated table tennis tournaments currently in process. This is also referred to as the Challenger Ochsenhausen at some sportsbooks. One stage of the Czech TT Star Series concluded on Tuesday in Prague, with David Reitspies beating Tomas Konecny for the tournament win.

Konecny won the first set, but allowed the rest of the match to get away from him. Tomas Tregler, one of the other top players in Czechia, lost in the semifinals so had to settle for the 3rd-place match against Antonin Gavlas. Tregler was on fire in the last two weeks, as he compiled a record of 18-2 to finish the preliminary round. However, he lost when it mattered the most. I was getting a good feel for that tournament, but unfortunately that’s done.

There is another Czech table tennis tournament underway, the Czech Liga Pro. The players do not seem to be as good, though I’ll keep an eye on it. The TT Star Series will continue with another stage soon, and there are more table tennis tournaments getting going recently. That’s the case with other sports, notably in Europe with football, as there are several in the opening stages of their seasons. Denmark, Germany, and Serbia to name a few will be playing this weekend.

The Bundesliga in Germany will be the biggest sports league in the world to begin play during the pandemic. That will overtake the KBO in South Korea as the biggest league to commence operations. However, the Belarusian Premier League is the only league that I know of that has allowed spectators to attend matches.

Restrictions will begin to be loosened in countries that see new cases drop significantly, though that may only mean a limited number of fans are allowed in to watch. They don’t have to worry about that in the Challenger Series in Germany. Germany has the Bundesliga of table tennis, which is a major draw. Head below for our free Challenger Series pick between Sven Happek vs. Florian Bluhm in Ochsenhausen. This match is scheduled for approximately 8:20 a.m. EST.

Sven Happek vs. Florian Bluhm Challenger Series Table Tennis Odds:

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Sven Happek vs. Florian Bluhm Prediction:

Sven Happek and Florian Bluhm are two familiar faces in the Challenger Series in Germany. Both are fairly defence competitors, with Happek hot and cold at the tables. He was on a nice run in March, but has cooled off since. Happek won six straight matches after losing ten in a row and that was hopefully going to be a turning point for him. He’s been able to stabilize a bit, though it doesn’t look like he’s ready to compete for a win in the Challenger Series. Happek has gone 2-4 in his previous six matches, and 10-20 in his previous 30 outings. He must find better consistency soon.

Happek and Florian Bluhm have met 16 times in their careers, all of which have been in the Challenger Series. They played two matches in the first stage of Week 20, with Bluhm and Happek splitting. Both were tight matches that went to a seventh set to decide a winning player. Overall, Bluhm has found much more success over Happek with a record of 13-3. Bluhm has been more consistent than Happek recently, with wins in seven of his previous 12 matches for a record of 7-5. Bluhm likely has the advantage here on Wednesday in Germany.

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