The Davis Cup gets underway this Friday with 16 countries fighting for the title. Join us while we analyze the highest value tennis picks for the 1st round and why you should place these bets.
Australia vs. Czech Republic
- Australia will play this tie with the following players: Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers.
- On the Czech side, the captain Jaroslav Navratil counts with Jiri Vesely, Radek Stepanek, Jan Satral and Zdenek Kolar.
The Sportsbooks consider Australia the heavy favorite for this tie with Bet365 offering -357 for their triumph. Even though we agree with their favoritism, this should be a closer tie than the odds suggest.
Nick Kyrgios is without any doubts one of the main reasons for the current prices. The world no.15 is by far the best player on this tie and it's highly unlikely to see him losing any of his two singles matches. However, Australia still needs one more point to reach the following round.
Due to Bernard Tomic's absence, Jordan Thompson will play the other two singles matches. After a terrific start of season, this nomination is a fair reward to Jordan. However, it won't be easy for Thompson to present his best tennis on his first Davis Cup appearance.
On the other hand, Radek Stepanek is always a fearful opponent, not only in singles but also in doubles. The 38 years old holds an outstanding 35 – 18 career record on Davis Cup with his first appearance on this event back in 2003. Besides Stepanek, team also counts with the powerful Jiri Vesely to help them reach the next stage.
Argentina vs. Italy
This Davis Cup tie takes place in Buenos Aires with Clay as the chosen surface.
- Argentina - Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer
- Italia - Paolo Lorenzi, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli
Playing on Davis Cup is always special for Argentina; however, Daniel Orsanic can't count with their two best players – Juan Martin Del Potro and Federico Delbonis. Besides these two, Diego Schwartzman is also struggling with a leg injury and Orsanic already announced that he won't play this Friday. With so many players unavailable on the Argentinean side, it won't be easy for the 2016 champions to feature another good run on this competition.
Even though Fabio Fognini is famous for his inconsistency, the world no.48 holds an outstanding 23 – 10 record on this tournament. Besides Fabio, Corrado Barazzutti also counts with Paolo Lorenzi, Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli.
On the other side, Orsanic will have to rely on three players outside the top 80 – Guido Pella, Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer. Although the Argentinean fans always create a fantastic atmosphere for their team, it's highly unlikely for the home team to secure a place in the following round.