This season’s Alpine Ski World Cup has already started with the first race in October, held in Austria. But the first downhill race will only take place in Val d’Isere on the second weekend of December. Swiss Beat Feuz is the defending champion and one of the biggest favorites in the Men’s Downhill World Cup odds.
There have been several changes for the new, 2020-21 FIS Alpine Ski season. Like all races will be held in Europe. All North American races have been cancelled and replaced with European events. Technical and speed races have been split and there won’t be any alpine combined event this season. But still top athletes will race in the season in most disciplines, including the men’s downhill. Skiers will have 9 downhill races in the season, with the first race being held on the 12th of December in Val d’Isere. Beat Feuz won the downhill world cup title for the third year in a row last season and will go for his fourth one. But his main rivals will try to stop him and get the crystal globe for themselves.
Men’s Downhill World Cup odds predict tight race for the title
Online sportsbooks in Switzerland are trusting in their local favorite. So they offer the smallest odds, 3.00 for the victory of Beat Feuz. The 2017 downhill world champion and Olympic bronze medalist has won the World Cup in the last three years so he is definitely one of the best athletes in this discipline. The 33-year-old Feuz was brilliant last year and won with a massive lead. Now he will go for his 4th title after a shortened previous season and limited training facilities. But he won’t have an easy job with several great skiers also in the field. But as a Swiss skier, he had the advantage of training at home, at Zermatt which is the best option in Europe.
Italian Dominik Paris could also train in Italy and fully recover from his injury. He finished in fifth place last season after suffering a damage on his right knee in January. Before that Paris won two races at home in Bormio and finished as a runner-up in the classic race in Wengen, Switzerland. Now the winner of the 2019 Super G world cup and 2019 world championship can aim for a better finish at the end of the season. He has the odds of 3.50 to win in the men’s downhill world cup odds.
German and Austrian rivals will also fight for victory
Thomas Dressen was second in the Downhill World Cup standing last season, achieving the best result in his career so far. The German athlete could win three races in the previous year. He also finished three more times on the podium. Dressen was also suffering from knee injuries though during the summer and his training wasn’t so smooth in Austria. Online gambling sites in Switzerland still consider him in the top favorites with the odds of 6.00.
Just like Austrian skier Matthias Mayer, who has the odds of 7.00 on bet365. He is the downhill Olympic champion from 2014. Also the winner of two World Cup races last season. He got one of these victories at the race in Kitzbuhel, in front of the home crowd. Mayer finished 3rd at the end of the season which was also his best result. The Austrian also prepared at Zermatt and will aim for a great finish in the overall world cup standing as well.