Davis Cup Final Betting Tips and Odds
The world’s premier team tennis competition concludes yet another incredible year on the ATP Tour as Croatia and France battle it out for the title in Lille, France. Here are the best Davis Cup Final betting tips.
The Davis Cup was launched in 1900 as the ‘World Cup of Tennis’; it has been contested annually ever since. Fixtures take place in regional groups (Americana, Europe/Africa and Asia/Oceania) with the top 16 teams segregated into the World Elite Group. As one of the very few tennis events that takes place as a team competition, individual ranking rarely holds too much significance. Patriotism from players and fans often creates a carnival type atmosphere at Davis Cup fixtures.
Teams compete in a knockout competition throughout the calendar year to determine the world’s champion country. With each sector of the draw housing 16 teams, the knockout fixtures take place 4 times throughout the calendar year; this culminates in the Davis Cup Final – annually held in November. Each fixture is played at a venue in one of the two countries taking part in the tie, with the hosts being determined on an alternate basis.
Each Davis Cup fixture is comprised of 5 matches: 4 singles and a doubles that take place over a long weekend (Friday – Sunday). Friday sees two singles matches; Saturday the doubles and Sunday the reverse fixtures with one point awarded for a win. This means each tie is competed over the best of 5 matches.
The Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will host the Davis Cup Final in 2018 with France looking to defend their title.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th November 2018.
With a 118 year history, the list of Davis Cup winning countries is extensive. The United States leads the way with 32 Davis Cup triumphs – the last of which coming in 2007. Australia have also performed well in the competition, clinching the trophy on 28 occasions. European powerhouses France and Great Britain have won the Davis Cup 10 times each; meanwhile, Sweden are next in line with 7 triumphs.
2018 Davis Cup Preview
Last year’s winners, France, have beaten the likes of Netherlands, Italy and Spain to reach the final under the stewardship of Yannick Noah. Their blend of youth and experience in the side looks to be standing them in good stead. As defending champions, they showed incredible resolve to muscle past Spain in the semi-finals; in Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille they have two men that look perfectly suited to team tennis.
Another side blending youth and experience is Croatia who have beaten the likes of Canada and the USA to reach the final. With their huge strength coming from the experience of Marin Cilic coupled with emerging talent Borna Coric, they have plenty of fire power in the singles department. Then, in Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic they possess one of the strongest doubles pairings in the world.
With both sides having enjoyed strong runs to the final, they will both fancy their chances in Lille.
Here are the outright winner odds for the Davis Cup in Lille:
Few teams in world tennis can lay claim to as much strength in depth as the Croats. They have two players in the world’s top 12. Marin Cilic is a staple in the world’s top 10; meanwhile, Borna Coric has reached the finals of two ATP Masters events in 2018 (Indian Wells and Shanghai). He also looks to be leading the charge for the Next Generation on the ATP Tour.
Home advantage will give ‘Les Blues’ a huge boost with over 30,000 fans expected to be out in force in Lille’s converted football stadium. Lucas Pouille’s form will be the primary concern. He’s dropped out of the world’s top 20 in recent weeks; however, they still possess plenty of quality in reserve – most notably the resurgent Richard Gasquet.
With the team tennis format being a relative rarity in elite level tennis, the correct score market can often throw up some interesting bets.
Here is our correct score prediction:
Despite the inevitability of the crowd being against them, the Croats possess the in-form players in Marin Cilic and Borna Coric, who should both win their singles rubbers. The doubles fixture is sure to be a close call with Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Huges-Herbert a formidable pairing for the French but the strength in depth should come through once again for Croatia in the reverse singles – giving them a famous victory.
Top Points Scorer:
Marin Cilic – 2/1 (Mansion Bet) – The reliable Croat continues to perform on the ATP Tour and will be the talisman for his country once again here.
Borna Coric – 3/1 (Coral) – The 21 year old has enjoyed an incredible year on the tour and leading his country to victory here would cap off a phenomenal season as he looks to build into 2019.
Lucas Pouille – 6/1 (Bet-at-Home) – The enigmatic Frenchman has not enjoyed his best year on the tour but possesses plenty of qualities suitable for team tennis and is one to watch here.
Richard Gasquet – 6/1 (Betsson) – The supremely talented Gasquet has enjoyed a boost in form in recent weeks and could arrive in Lille ready to spring a surprise or two.
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