Kanunnikov and Trofimov are set to tap paddles before coming to blows in tonight’s Setka Cup action in Ukraine.
There’s not a lot of reason to feel confident in Kanunnikov since he is entering this match on the back of three loses and has been swept in three of his last five games.
Trofimov is known in the industry as a quick finisher, just ask his misso! Nikita has won his last two contests 3-zip, and has kept Kanunnikov to nil in three of the pairs last five outings.
Normally I’d jump on Trofimov 3-0 at $5.50, but the paddle prodigy hasn’t felt bat on ball since the 20th and might require a game or two to get into rhythm.
The Denis Matveev vs Anton Yolkin Setka Cup fixture is one of, if not the biggest arm wrestles in competitive table tennis.
The pair have split the honours at four apiece in their last eight matches, with neither player claiming victory more than twice in a row.
Matveev returns to the Cup after a week off following a truly awful run of form, which saw him win just one of his last six clashes.
Alternatively, Yolkin has won 12 from his last 15 Cup matches since Matveev has even picked up a paddle!
Yolkin is in the form of his life at the moment and it comes as a huge surprise that the Bookies have him as a $2 outsider.