The Fed Cup final will take place on the 14th and 15th of November with the Czech Republic hosting Russia in Prague in what should be a fascinating and exciting battle with three top-eight players on display. Read on as we preview this year’s showpiece and serve up our top Fed Cup predictions and betting tips, as well as bringing you the best live odds.
That two of the aforementioned top-eight players are on the Czech side is only really the secondary explanation for why the defending Fed Cup champions are heading the outright betting coming into this final. Home advantage is a huge, huge asset in the partisan atmosphere of a Fed Cup final and Prague’s O2 Arena is sure to be a hostile place for Maria Sharapova and co to try and win the title.
They love tennis in this part of the world and the fact that the Czech women have delivered the ultimate prize in the team event three times since 2011 has only served to deepen the locals’ love of the sport. Over the years the Czechs have boasted some wonderful female tennis stars but the current crop is right up there with the best of them when it comes to strength in depth and Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbara Strycova are all ranked in the top 50 in the world.
The Czech’s are worthy favourites and many are predicting they will defend their Fed Cup crown later this month. They have been well fancied and well backed in the outright betting since the tournament began and now with just one Russian hurdle left to overcome they can be backed at betting odds of just 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Russia are the outsiders at odds of 5/4 with BetVictor but world number four Sharapova will be quietly confident that she can help guide her to team to a famous upset. On paper they are the weaker side, with a combined world ranking among their four players some 100 places or so worse than their opponents here.
However, as Andy Murray and Britain have shown, team tennis isn’t quite as team-focussed as it could be and if Sharapova is at her very best she may just be able to help guide her nation to a first Fed Cup title since 2008.
Russia have been runner-up in 2013 and in 2011, the latter to their opponents here, so they will be desperate for a measure of revenge. Whilst we think home advantage makes the Czech’s worthy favourites, on balance we have to feel that Russia offer better value in the outright betting.
As well as Sharapova, Russia also arguably have the strongest doubles players and if they can handle the hostile crowd they have to have a real chance. Certainly at odds of 5/4 they are the value pick and as such we have to make them our main betting tip for glory.
Away from the outright match odds, for those wanting a Fed Cup bet at a longer price we like the look of Russia to win 3-2. They overcame Germany by that score in the semis back in April, showing great resolve, and we think – in what is sure to be a really hard fought contest – another 3-2 scoreline offers real value here at big odds.
The Czechs may have won 14 consecutive rubbers but we predict their brilliant run will end here, with Russia edging them out in a significant upset in Prague to be crowed the queens of tennis as outright Fed Cup champions of 2015.Google+