It wasn’t an ideal day at the table tennis tables on Monday, as we suffered our first losing day since betting on the sport. Couldn’t expect to win everyday, but that sure would have been nice. As sports leagues continue to drop like flies around the world, there are a select few who are trying to keep things operating as normally as possible despite the virus.
The Belarusian Premier League has become popular for ignoring the pandemic, and keeping the operation running without any interruptions. That includes fans in attendance at matches. Table tennis doesn’t have to worry about fans in attendance. Other than the China Super League and some other events, table tennis isn’t exactly a spectator sport.
Really the only people paying attention to the Moscow Liga Pro and Czech TT Star Series are people betting on the matches. There are a few out there watching for other reasons than gambling, but you’re going to find more of them doing that with the more serious leagues. Especially with the lack of sports available right now, table tennis is getting attention from gamblers more than ever.
I think you’re asking whether match fixing comes along with that. And to answer that, it’s impossible to say that’s a guarantee, but with so many events happening without a lot of attention on them, you have to figure that there is shady stuff going on occasionally. I don’t think match fixing is widespread and happening non-stop like some people, but it’d be foolish to believe a minority aren’t tempted. That said, there are some table tennis players who take this seriously and aren’t thinking about throwing games.
This will be the second time I’ve wagered on Tomas Tregler. He came through us the first time and we’ll be looking for more on Tuesday morning. This match is scheduled for 2 a.m. EST, so 11:00 p.m. if you’re on the west coast, which is a reasonable enough time. Tregler will challenge Antonin Gavlas on Tuesday. Head below for our free Tregler vs. Gavlas pick in the Czech TT Star Series on March 31, 2020.
Tomas Tregler vs. Antonin Gavlas TT Star Series Betting Odds:
Tomas Tregler vs. Antonin Gavlas Czech TT Star Series Prediction:
Tomas Tregler is coming off a productive day on Monday, as he won three out of his four matches. The only one he lost was against a very good Tomas Konecny. I’ve already profited twice off Konency in the past week. He’s one of the better players that you are going to find in the Czech TT Star Series. Despite the loss, Tregler handled Jiri Vrablik, Jan Valenta, and David Reitspies. Reitspies is a fairly good player so that was a good win for Tregler. Tregler is on a nice little run, having gone 10-4 in his previous 14 matches. His most recent outing was a loss against Konency yesterday.
Tregler and Gavlas have a recent history with Tregler getting the win in five sets on March 20. Gavlas needed to fight in the fourth set to win 17-15 to force a fifth set. Fortunately for Tregler, he was able to regain his composure and win the fifth set 11-6. In the other recent contest, Tregler controlled Gavlas a little easier, dispatching his foe in four sets on March 24. And the set that Gavlas did win, he had to fight for it in a competitive battle for a 16-14 win.
Nothing has been easy for Gavlas against Tregler. Set 2 in their match on March 20 is the only set that he was in complete control, ultimately winning 11-5 over Tregler. Gavlas had an okay Tuesday, as he split, with losses against Reitspies and Miroslav Horejsi and wins against Vrablik and Dmitrij Prokopcov. He’s been up and down for a few days now, as he has posted a record of 6-10 in his previous 16 matches since March 24. So there’s been more down than up for Gavlas. I’d consider a play on Tregler if you’re looking for a table tennis pick early Tuesday morning, or late Monday night if you’re on the west coast.