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Last year Spain lost against France in the semi-final, now it’s time to take revenge. First, though they need to qualify from their team. According to online sportsbook news in Spain, they won’t have an easy job playing against the Croatian and Russian team.
Croatia is the reigning champion but with Marin Cilic’s dropping form they might not repeat last year’s success. Daniil Medvedev in the Russian team has been in a great form though all this season. He has reached his career-best, ranking of world number four. Still, Spain is the favourite to win the group, Unibet is offering 2.00 odds for its win. In the 2019 Davis Cup Winner Betting odds Croatia has 2.60, while Russia has 4.50 odds to win.
2019 Davis Cup winner betting odds: why Spain is a big favourite with the bookmakers?
Spain has already won the Davis Cup five times and finished as runner-up four times. It is one of the best-performing nations in the history of the Davis Cup. Spain also has Rafael Nadal in its team, one of the greatest players of all time. Nadal is currently second in the world ranking behind Novak Djokovic and playing superbly again. He has won the French and US Open this season.
This year the format of the competition has also changed. Instead of home and away ties, an 18 team final will take place at the end of the year. Teams are competing in six different groups, group winners and the two best second teams will qualify to the quarter-finals. Some current and former players like Roger Federer, Boris Becker, and Lleyton Hewitt heavily criticized all these changes. French player and Davis Cup winner Lucas Pouille also said he won’t compete this season in the new system.
Spanish Tennis Federation and Nadal supported the changes. They are organized by Kosmos, an investment group led by Barcelona and former Spain footballer Gerard Pique. The final is in Madrid, Spain also has the advantage of playing in front of its own fans. Online sportsbooks in Spain are also supporting the host’s win, with 3.60 betting odds on Unibet, giving France 6.00 and Croatia 7.00 for the final win.
France was runner-up in 2018, after winning the cup in 2017 against Belgium, they can reach their third consecutive final. With Sebastien Grosjean as a new captain of the team they represent a successful and experienced formation. France is in Group A with Serbia and Japan, his odds is 1.70 to top the group. But to win the title will be a much bigger challenge.