Back Croatia For Davis Cup Glory In Lille

João Mourato

Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:45 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 6:45 PM UTC

The Davis Cup action returns this weekend. Join us while we go through the best value bets for the final with France and Croatia fighting for the title in Lille.

France vs. Croatia

Lille will host the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia this weekend. The French choose clay as the surface for this tie at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

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France will try to retain its Davis Cup title this weekend in Lille. The team coached by Yannick Noah won the title against Belgium last year and have the chance to conquer the last final played in its traditional format. Beginning next year, the Davis Cup will have an initial qualifying round in February and will be decided with a season-ending in November. This is also Noah’s last tie as France’s captain before Amelie Mauresmo takes over next year.

The defending champions are without several top players for this tie. Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils are all out while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been sidelined with a knee injury for most of the season. Adding to this, Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy have been struggling individually over the last 12 months. Pouille is the best ranked player in Noah’s team but the French captain surprised everyone at Thursday’s Davis Cup final draw ceremony when he named Chardy and Tsonga as his singles players for Friday.

Croatia has also been one of the most successful teams at the Davis Cup in recent years. The team captained by Željko Krajan lost to Argentina two years ago with Marin Cilic losing a two-sets-to-love lead against Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth rubber. Cilic will be looking for redemption this weekend in Lille with the 2014 US Open champion as one of the choices for the opening day. Borna Coric is the other player named by Krajan for this Friday’s action in Lille. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018, reaching his first Masters 1000 final in Shanghai.

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The stage is set
The players are ready

The draw has been made
The #DavisCupFinal starts tomorrow!
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— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) 22 de novembro de 2018
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Chardy will open the tie on Friday against Coric while Cilic will play the second singles match against Tsonga. The sportsbooks are well aware of the problems in the French team with Croatia as the favorite to lift the trophy at -200 with Pinnacle. The Croatian players should be the favorite in all singles matches this weekend while France only seems to have the upper hand in doubles. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reached the final at the Nitto ATP Finals and should win their doubles match on Saturday. Nevertheless, it won’t be enough for France to prevent Croatia from winning their second Davis Cup title. For that reason, our suggestion is to add Croatia to your betting picks as the best value bet for this weekend’s action in Lille.

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