There is nothing to compare with the passion and patriotism of team tennis. Grand slam events may come close, but in terms of atmosphere, the Davis and Fed Cups reach a higher level of national pride, where immortality awaits the winners. Who could forget the atmosphere in which Andy Murray triumphed last year in the decisive rubber to secure an historic Davis Cup title for Great Britain for the first time in 79 years?
Can Argentina Make Their own History?
Argentina have the opportunity to make their own lasting impression on the competition, and win the Davis Cup for the first time ever. They will certainly have a mountain to climb in the final up against Croatia, especially as the tie is being staged in Zagreb, which is expected to be a hostile atmosphere for the Argentinians.
Croatia won the Davis Cup back in 2005, but they will have to beat an Argentinian team currently ranked second in the world, and led by their talisman Juan Martin del Potro. An absolute colossus in their semi-final victory against Great Britain, he performed like an absolute titan in his singles victory against British ace, Andy Murray.
The Davis Cup final takes place in the Arena Zagreb Stadium from November 25th-27th. For the first time ever, Croatia are hosting the final, and with home advantage, the bookies have them as firm favourites at 4/7.
When it comes to sports betting strategy, punters clearly need to look for value. Here, that value seems to be in backing Argentina, at 11/8 with SunBets. They were victorious away from home in their semi-final and they can certainly repeat that feat again.
Can the Czech Juggernaut be Stopped?
Meanwhile the final of the premier women’s team event takes place on 12-13th November. The Fed Cup Final features the hosts France who take on hot favourites, the Czech Republic. The only case we can make for a French victory is that they are playing in front of what will surely be a supportive home crowd.
Will that be enough to stop the favourites? The confident Czechs are priced at just 2/9, with France at 11/4, and the Czech team is certainly an imposing one. They have strength in depth with an abundance of talent, and have won the Fed Cup four times within the past five years. This is also a team well accustomed to winning on foreign soil and facing partisan crowds.
The Czech team captain Petr Pala has named a strong line-up for the final in Strasbourg. Three of their players are currently in the top twenty of the women’s world rankings and the team are ranked first in the world by some considerable margin.
We’d be looking at an upset if France overcame the odds to win this tie. But before you rush to place your bets, one fact worth remembering is that the French team are ranked second in the world, so write them off at your own peril.