The Davis Cup final takes place between the 27th and 29th November at Ghent’s Flanders Expo in Belgium. Hosts Belgium take on Great Britain on clay and whilst the team nominations won’t be made until 10 days prior to the tie, in truth, in many ways this contest is about one man: Andy Murray. Read on as we assess how the Davis Cup final might pan out and we give our predictions and betting tips for which nation will be crowned the outright winner of the 2015 Davis Cup.
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Back to Belgium and a glance at our odds comparison shows the bookies have little doubt about who will win the Davis Cup this year, with Great Britain priced at odds of just 2/5 with Sky Bet. Belgium are out at 9/4 with Bet365 and that is sure to tempt some who think it’s worth taking a risk on the hosts.
Home advantage is massive in the Davis Cup, not least because it means you get to choose the surface and there is no doubt at all that clay would be very low down on a list of Britain’s ideal surfaces. Moreover, in the partisan atmosphere of a Davis Cup, the fans are sure to give the home side that extra 5% that can make all the difference at the highest level.
However, despite playing in front of their own fans, Belgium are big outsiders and as much as Andy Murray himself, the British team and many pundits like to suggest otherwise, the reason for that is that Andy Murray is by far the best player on either side.
Britain have long been the favourites in the Davis Cup outright winner betting since it became apparent that the world number three was fully committed to the cause and would play just about every game he possibly could. Indeed, of the nine rubbers that Team GB have won on their march into the Davis Cup final, Murray junior has been involved in eight.
That demonstrates his impact and ultimately if he wins his two singles matches in Ghent and performs at his best in the doubles, Britain will be celebrating a first Davis Cup success since 1936 in their first final since 1978.
Belgium’s top ranked player is 24-year-old David Goffin, ranked 16, with their second best way down in 85th. The overall strength of Belgium’s team is actually a little stronger Britain’s, but with Andy Murray virtually a banker for his two singles matches and his partnership with brother Jamie very strong in the doubles, it’s very hard to see an upset here.
Both Murray brothers have talked about the limited impact of the surface on doubles play because much of the game is about volleys, whilst Andy has improved markedly on crushed brick. Moreover, Jamie is ranked the seventh best doubles player in the world, with Dominic Inglot no slouch at 27, although we doubt he will be needed.
With Britain possessing the highest ranked doubles and singles player and the pattern of previous matches giving a great pointer as to how things will go, we predict Britain will be victorious and as such a British victory, even at short odds, is our Davis Cup outright betting tip.Google+