Europe +165, Draw +1200, United States -170
The United States lead previous results 10-5 overall however, the gap has tightened between the two teams in the last twenty years and they only lead 6-4 in that time frame.
Like the Ryder Cup the tournament consists of eight foursomes, eight four-balls and twelve singles matches.
The holders United States have won the last twice under the leadership of this year’s captain Juli Inkster. A tied match would mean the United States retain the trophy as holders.
European Team +165
Non-playing captain: Catriona Matthews
Team: Carlota Ciganda, Annie Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Celine Boutier, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law, Suzann Petersen.
The European team is made up from the top three in the Ladies European Tour ranking, the immediate top five in the World Rankings not already qualified and four ‘Captain’s Picks’.
The European team have Carlota Ciganda as the only player in the World Ranking Top 20 but in Georgia Hall, they have the most recent major Championship winner from either team.
It is a massive plus that Caroline Hedwall has made the team after missing out in 2017. She played a huge part in the 2013 European win on American soil, winning a record-breaking five points after making the team through a ‘Captain’s Pick’.
This was Europe’s only win on American soil and the last time they won the Solheim Cup. She teamed up successfully with Anna Nordqvist in both foursomes and could do so again this week.
Alternate shot foursomes can be demanding on player’s nerve with the golfer unable to get into their normal rhythm so it is a major advantage to have tried and tested partnerships.
Captain Catriona Matthews will look to Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist as one of Europe’s most experienced performers with an exceptional career record of eleven wins, two ties and seven losses to lead the battle.
One of Matthews ‘Captain’s Pick’ Suzann Petersen appears out of form but has an outstanding career record in the Solheim Cup.
United States Team -170
Non-playing captain: Juli Inkster
Team: Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Megan Khang, Marina Alex, Brittany Altomare, Angel Yin, Annie Park, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel.
The American team consists of the Top 8 in the LPGA Solheim Cup Rankings, the highest two American players from the World Rankings not qualified and two ‘Captain’s Picks.
On paper the holders of the Solheim Cup, United States have a significant advantage over Europe who do not have a player in the World Top 10. Lexi Thompson leads the way for the American side with four others in the World Top 20.
Their captain Juli Inkster has captained them superbly in the last two renewals and had an exceptional playing record in the event. A seven-time major champion she commands respect from her peers.
Betting Predictions and Tips
When I analyzed the two teams, I expected the betting to be closer matched given Europe’s have home advantage. Four of Europe’s five wins have been achieved with home advantage and a strike rate of four in seven at home overall.
Another factor in Europe’s favor is both previous occasions when Solheim Cup has been played in Scotland at Dalmahoy and Loch Lomond has resulted in Europe winning in reasonably convincing fashion.
Home advantage has been a big factor over the years in both Solheim and Ryder Cup for European teams as players and fans come together using the ‘wave of emotion’ to their mutual benefit.
At what I believe are generous odds I believe Europe represents a solid wager in a two-horse race this week in Scotland.
Europe to win Solheim Cup @ +165 Betonline
Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Solheim Cup for SB