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Should You Bet On Europe To Win The 2018 Ryder Cup?

In the run up to the 42nd Ryder Cup this September there's massive speculation that the US team, populated by the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, could be strong enough to win away from home for the first time since 1993 however you shouldn't bet on Europe to go down without a fight despite the bookies like Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in Europe, giving them longer odds of winning than their visitors when they all meet up outside Paris later this month.

Bet on Europe at the Ryder Cup 2018
Is it wise to bet on Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup?
  • Is Justin Rose the star player on the European Ryder Cup team?
  • Can Francesco Molinari cap a brilliant season with a win in France?
  • Will Sergio Garcia’s experience help Europe beat those 6/4 odds?
  • Does a bet on Europe to win at Unibet fly in the face of facts?
Thomas Bjorn
Thomas Bjorn

It’s only a few weeks till the sides tee off at the Albatross Course of Le Golf National in the France for the 42nd Ryder Cup and already the pressure is mounting on both captains with Jim Furyk having his wildcard picks questioned and Thomas Bjorn facing the jibes and jokes of his own team, four of whom this week attempted to convince him they needed a $30,000 cryotherapy machine each at the tournament during a prank phone call, and you can bet on Europe to make use of such high spirits.

Last five visits the US has made to European courses for the Ryder Cup have seen the hosts victorious and Bjorn has assembled a team every bit as good as those of previous meetings but with the Americans bringing along the big guns is a bet on Europe to win just a little optimistic this time around? Those that like to bet on sports in Europe regularly will probably need a little persuading that this time the bookies like Unibet have got it wrong and that once again the home side will win.  

More Rookies But Higher Spirits On Euro Team

Paul Casey
Paul Casey (source: Keith Allison)

Fortunately there’s a lot of convincing reasons to bet on Europe and not America, and that starts with the fact Englishman Justin Rose, who has played in four previous Ryder Cups, is now ranked No.1 in the world and will be playing alongside Italian Francesco Molinari, veteran of two successful campaigns, who recently added the BMW PGA Championship title to his Open Championship win this season, and Rory McIlroy (practical joker and 6th in the world) is also playing for the fifth time.

Of the automatic qualifiers these three represent the experience, with the other five players whose place was dictated by their European PGA points score, being rookies at the Ryder Cup. Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood of England haven’t played in the competition before, and neither have Swede Alex Noren, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen or Spain’s Jon Rahm. If you’re European gambling news of this line up has forced Bjorn to pick some experienced old hands as wildcard choices, you’d be absolutely right.

Bet On Europe To Win The Ryder Cup At Unibet Today

Ryder Cup

  • September 28th – 30th
  • Albatros Course
  • Le Golf National, Paris, France
  • USA – 3/4
  • Europe – 6/4
  • Draw – 11/1

You can bet on Europe to be bolstered by the presence of Paul Casey who’s been in the side three times before, Henrik Stenson who has four battles under his belt and Ian Poulter with five, but the real question mark hangs over Sergio Garcia who has had a ghastly season this year on tour but has played in eight previous Ryder Cups and has a wealth of knowledge Thomas Bjorn will be counting to help him get his team through the competition. Will it work? Unibet don’t seem to think so right now.

The Americans have closed up in the odds recently to somewhere around 3/4 which actually puts them ahead of any price you’ll find for your bet on Europe, and indeed if you do scrabble around to take advantage of European gambling laws at Unibet and back the hosts the best odds you’re going to find are  hovering around 6/4, which is perhaps just a little unfair given a draw is knocking on 11/1 and the US team is likely to find this a far harder victory to come by than their media would have you believe.

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