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Mikhail Kukushkin vs Joao Souza odds, preview and predictions 22/03/2016

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Tuesday 22/03/2016, 20:00, ATP Miami Masters, R128

Mikhail Kukushkin vs Joao Souza Betting Preview

Kukushkin recently entered top 100, after hovering around place 120 for quite a while and he will try to build on his recent success. The player from Kazakhstan didn't hesitate to sign up for the biggest tournaments, which explains his untimely elimination from most of these events. Joao Souza is no stranger to prominent competitions and he was every bit as unsuccessful in 2016.

Mikhail Kukushkin vs Joao Souza Betting Odds

At Bet365

Mikhail Kukushkin 1.10, Joao Souza 6.50

Mikhail Kukushkin vs Joao Souza Betting Tips

Joao Souza has an excellent percentage in tiebreaks and once again he calls the elimination of his first opponent after winning the first set 7-6. The Brazilian is known for his role power, the ability to send crushing first serve and he also has a powerful forehand. In conjunction, these elements pack quite a punch and could prove deadly against a less experienced opponent.

The downside of playing this type of aggressive tennis is that Joao commits plenty of mistakes and has the tendency of sending many balls wide. Highly unpredictable, he has the ability to defeat much better players but quite often his eliminated by players much worse than he is.

Mikhail Kukushkin place slightly different and is the more constant player of the two, but he still has a hard time winning back-to-back games. His ATP position forced him to play against some of the top players in the early rounds and not surprisingly he was sent to the rail quickly. Djokovic, Kyrgios and Nishikori were the executioners recently, with the Japanese defeating him twice.

Interesting enough, it was the Serbian player who had the hardest mission at defeating him and the player from Kazakhstan was at one point one set ahead. Eventually he couldn't keep up with the torrid pace in posed by Djokovic and lost the final two sets while taking only five games.

Key Facts

  • Mikhail Kukushkin has a hard time winning games against power hitters, which can be a problem against Joao Souza.
  • The Brazilian has alternated good games with terrible ones and is highly unpredictable.

Mikhail Kukushkin vs Joao Souza Betting Prediction

Joao Souza is the kind of player that can cause major upset on a good day because his got some great shots but accuracy remains his be concerned. Some bookmakers offer odds as high as six on his victory, which might be worth a shot at low stakes. Risk-averse players will probably prefer to bet on the Brazilian to cover the +5.5 games spread at even odds, currently offered by Bet365.

Bet: Joao Souza +5.5 games @ 2.00 with Bet365

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