Vitaliy Sazhnev vs. Aleksandr Kovalchuk Pick – Setka Cup May 20, 2020

We added to our table tennis tally with another win on Tuesday in the TT Star Series in Czechia. Jiri Vrablik came through for us nicely to win in four sets for our 36th table tennis win. With the victory, our all-time table tennis record is up to 36-23 after splitting two picks the day before. I didn’t have much expectations going into this, but it’s been a success and hopefully we can keep on moving.

The TT Star Series does not play on Wednesday, so we won’t have any picks for you from Czechia. However, the Setka Cup, as is always the case, has a full slate of action on offer today. The Setka Cup and Moscow Liga Pro have to be the most widely bet on leagues in the world in the last two months. As crazy as that sounds, it is the go-to leagues for most sports bettors.

William Hill in Nevada have said they’re doing up to $1-million a day on ping pong action. That is up there with the betting handle that they’re getting from the UFC. I do not believe that all of the betting companies in the US are cleared to allow table tennis betting. Before offering a sport, they have to go through a bunch of hurdles to get it approved.

They can’t just offer whatever they want like an online bookmaker. In other words, some are missing out on what must be nice relief for others like William Hill who have a betting app. You don’t need one of those outlets when BetOnline is offering the best prices in the game, though. BetOnline consistently provides the best table tennis odds and is a must for any serious table tennis bettor.

We’re back in Ukraine for the Setka Cup on Wednesday. If you’re mixing up your table tennis leagues, the Setka Cup is the one with the funky red and blue courts with a digital scoreboard. There are a lot of professional table tennis players in Ukraine who are involved in the Setka Cup.

Some are quite good, while others seem to be just doing it to get out and stay active. Aleksandr (Oleksandr) Kovalchuk and Vitaliy Sazhnev will take their post at around 5:35 a.m. EST. Head below for our free Setka Cup pick between Aleksandr Kovalchuk vs. Vitaliy Sazhnev for May 20, 2020.

Vitaliy Sazhnev vs. Aleksandr Kovalchuk Setka Cup Table Tennis Odds:


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  • Sazhnev (+141)
  • Kovalchuk (-171)
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Vitaliy Sazhnev vs. Aleksandr Kovalchuk Prediction:

Vitaliy Sazhnev heads into Wednesday on a three-match losing streak, which included a 3-1 loss against Aleksandr Kovalchuk. Sazhnev also lost 3-1 against Konstantin Kirsanov and 3-2 against Maksym Cherepnin. Cherepnin is not a good player at all, so that was a potential win that got away from Sazhnev. He had to battle hard to force a fifth set, though, and managed to get that, but folded in the final set. In his match against Kovalchuk, Sazhnev was on the verge of being swept in three sets before Sazhnev delayed the inevitable by winning the third set and losing 12-10 in the final frame.

Along with the three-match losing streak, Sazhnev owns a record of 3-8 in his previous 12 matches going into Wednesday. He needs to find some confidence for Wednesday, but it’s been a struggle for him the last week. The loss versus Kovalchuk was his only meeting against him. Kovalchuk enters Wednesday with a record of 17-8. Since May 11, Kovalchuk has gone 25-11 entering a new day of competition today. For Sazhnev recently, he owns a record of 16-19 in his previous 35 matches. If Kovalchuk comes focused on Wednesday, another win should come his way against Sazhnev.


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