Viktor Ivanov vs. Alexey Yanshaev Pick – Russia Pro League April 9, 2020

Back to table tennis on Thursday morning from Russia. The Czech TT Star Series, Setka Cup, and Russia Pro League are all in action on Thursday. There really isn’t a day that there isn’t table tennis available to wager on. Even when sports resume to normal, there will be table tennis there if that’s what you want to do.

It’s often the sport to bet on for insomniacs when there isn’t anything else playing early in the morning. When normalcy returns, there will be some higher level table tennis to bet on, including the China Super League. That’s where you will find the best players in the world. Some of those players take in millions for their success at the table.

There are currently two Russians in the top-100 of the table tennis world rankings, Alexander Shibeav and Kirill Skachkov. Skachkov is the best player in Russia with a world ranking of 66. He appears sporadically in the Russia Pro League, but largely spends his time flying around the world seeking more lucrative tournaments. His last appearance was in the Oman Open in March. Don’t expect him to come out to play in the Pro League in April.

It’s all speculation at this point when sports, and more importantly, life returns to some form of normalcy. Getting over the peak is a good start, but there’s likely going to be significant lag time before actions taken in the last two weeks will begin to really show. Sorry to be the bearer of realism.

The MLB playing their games in Arizona beginning in May provides a light at the light of the tunnel, though I believe that’d be towards the end of May, if at all. The July 4th idea seems more realistic to me, but we’ll see what MLB draws up. Even July could be really iffy. The NBA seems to be going through with the HORSE idea, so there is that to look forward to. There will definitely be lines available on that event. Head below for our free Viktor Ivanov vs. Alexey Yanshaev pick in the Russia Pro League.

Viktor Ivanov vs. Alexey Yanshaev Russia Pro League Betting Odds:


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  • Ivanov +110
  • Yanshaev -150
Total Points:

  • Over 75.5 (-125)
  • Under 75.5 (-125)


Viktor Ivanov vs. Alexey Yanshaev Prediction:

Viktor Ivanov and Alexey Yanshaev will square off at approximately 2 a.m EST. If you’re out west in North America, this match will be a little more manageable to bet and follow along with the score. Some online sportsbooks have live feeds to watch the matches. Yanshaev is on a monster run heading into Thursday.

He has won six straight matches for a 6-0 roll on Wednesday. In total, Yanshaev went 7-1 on Wednesday for an impressive day at the office. His only loss was against Vitalii Bazilevskii. Dating back to Tuesday, Yanshaev has gone 12-3 in his previous 15 matches.

Ivanov will do his best to counter the red-hot Yanshaev, who he lost against yesterday. Ivanov wrapped up Wednesday with a loss against Yanshaev and win over Pavel Korolev in straight sets. He ultimately went 3-2 yesterday for an okay day. Ivanov is 3-5 in his previous eight matches. He was able to respond with a serviceable Wednesday after poor play on Tuesday.

Yanshaev made easy work on Ivanov in their meeting on Wednesday by a score of 11-9, 11-9, 11-9. They played twice yesterday with Yanshaev getting the win in both meetings. Yanshaev needed a little more time in that game, but was able to get the win in five sets. Overall, Yanshaev holds a 5-3 advantage in eight matches against Ivanov. Expect Yanshaev to be able to take advantage of Ivanov, who has been feeling fairly cool recently.


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