- Sunday offers another full slate of competition in Moscow Liga Pro Russian table tennis
- Which matches are the best bets from Sunday’s afternoon session?
- Analysis of the odds and predictions on the outcome of some key matches follows in the story below
Oddsmakers don’t hold back when it comes to analyzing the impact of the Moscow Liga Pro on their industry. Without Russian table tennis, some sportsbooks might not have survived during this COVID-19 shutdown of the vast majority of major sporting events.
Bettors have gravitated to Moscow Liga Pro action. However, it’s not the highest level of table tennis competition. Wagering on Russian table tennis is like betting on the American Hockey League or the NBA G-League. These are not the best players in the world.
However, that seems to be one of the attractions of Moscow Liga Pro. Second-tier talent isn’t as consistent as the elite-level talent, making upsets a more distinct possibility.
Another benefit to wagering on Russian table tennis is information. There’s plenty of data on Moscow Liga Pro and it can be accessed easily.
A number of websites are devoting space to lists of upcoming matches. There’s also lengthy histories of head-to-head showdowns between players and archives of past results.
Moscow Liga Pro Table Tennis Odds
|Vitaly Bazilevsky||+275||+1.5 (+125)||O 71.5 (-120)||Dmitry Kolesnikov||-400||-1.5 (-175)||U 71.5 (-120)|
|Vladimir Nemashkalo||-225||-1.5 (-110)||O 73.5 (-120)||Alexander Serebrennikov||+162||+1.5 (-125)||U 73.5 (-120)|
|Vladimir Shirokov||+120||+1.5 (-188)||O 75.5 (-120)||Jasur Khudaiberdiev||-163||-1.5 (+137)||U 75.5 (-120)|
|Andrey Kirilenko||-125||-1.5 (+162)||O 75.5 (-120)||Yurii Merkushin||-110||+1.5 (-225)||U 75.5 (-120)|
|Denis Sayanov||-250||-1.5 (-110)||O 73.5 (-120)||Denis Molodtsov||+175||+1.5 (-125)||U 73.5 (-120)|
|Igor Elistratov||+110||+1.5 (-188)||O 75.5 (-120)||Kirill Abramov||-150||-1.5 (+137)||U 75.5 (-120)|
|Denis Molodtsov||+200||+1.5 (-120)||O 73.5 (-120)||Alexander Serebrennikov||-275||-1.5 (-120)||U 73.5 (-120)|
|Kirill Abramov||-300||-1.5 (-138)||O 72.5 (-120)||Jasur Khudaiberdiev||+225||+1.5 (+100)||U 72.5 (-120)|
|Yurii Merkushin||+175||+1.5 (-125)||O 73.5 (-120)||Dmitry Kolesnikov||-250||-1.5 (-110)||U 73.5 (-120)|
|Vladimir Shirokov||+300||+1.5 (+125)||O 70.5 (-120)||Igor Elistratov||-450||-1.5 (-175)||U 70.5 (-120)|
Odds taken June 7.
With its endless, around-the-clock action, some bookmakers refer to Moscow Liga Pro as the keno of sports betting.
Let’s take a look at some of the key matchups taking place during Sunday’s afternoon session.
Take A Shot With Kolesnikov
Dmitry Kolesnikov doesn’t merely beat Yurii Merkushin. He dominates matchups between these two opponents.
Kolesnikov has won five straight matches from Merkushin. He’s taken seven of their last eight meetings. Kolesnikov was also the victor in nine of their last 11 clashes.
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The last two times they faced each other across the table, Kolesnikov posted a 3-0 sweep. He’s won nine of his last 10 games from Merkushin. Kolesnikov holds a 13-3 edge over their past 16 games.
Overall, Kolesnikov is on a three-match winning streak. He’s taken five of his last six matches and is 6-2 through his last eight. Merkushin is 2-2 in his last four matches, both losses being handed to him by Kolesnikov. He’s dropped five of his last seven. That includes three setbacks against Kolesnikov.
Pick: Dmitry Kolesnikov (-250).
Elistratov Beating Shirokov Just About A Sure Thing
Spots bettors say that there’s no such thing as a sure thing. To be sure, they’ve got a point. On the other hand, when Igor Elistratov opposes Vladimir Shirokov across the table tennis net, it’s as close to a sure thing as you might find.
Elistratov is riding a seven-match win streak against Shirokov. He’s also taken nine of their 10 clashes and 17 out of their last 19 matches.
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Seven of their last eight games against each other ended up going Elistratov’s way. Against all competition, Elistratov has won three in a row. As well, he’s taken four of five and seven of his last 10 matches.
The slumping Shirokov has dropped seven of his last eight matches. He’s been shut out in four of his last five losses.
Pick: Igor Elistratov (-450).
Abramov Is Money In The Bank
It might take you longer to learn how to pronounce Jasur Khudaiberdiev’s name than it takes for Kirill Abramov to dispatch of Khudaiberdiev when they play a match. Certainly, it would require more time to learn how to spell Khudaiberdiev.
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In their last nine meetings, Abramov left with the victory eight times. Two of those victories were 3-0 sweeps. Five others ended 3-1 in Abramov’s favor.
Overall, Abramov has won four of his last five matches. Khudaiberdiev is 1-4 in his last five outings. He’s 3-5 through his last eight appearances.
Pick: Kirill Abramov (-300)