Fed Cup final will take place this weekend & we'll provide a full analysis on this Saturday's action. Join us to find out if there are some value betting opportunities for your tennis picks.
Czech Republic vs Russia
The Czech Republic has dominated the Fed Cup in recent years and will try to extend their dominance this weekend against Russia in a tie that will be played in Indoor Hard Court at the O2 Arena Prague.
The Czechs don’t lose a tie at home since 2009 and are looking for their 4th title in five years. The Russians were also a very strong team in the last decade, winning four titles between 2004 and 2008, but haven’t been able to keep those results with two lost finals in 2011 and 2013.
For those who aren’t familiarized with Fed Cup, it is played at best of five with two singles matches on Saturday and two singles and one doubles match on Sunday. The players who are going play are pre-determined, but the coaches can always change them at the last minute.
It is expected that Saturday ends with one victory for each team, but let’s take a look on both matches.
Petra Kvitova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Petra Kvitova is the key player on the Czech team, with an outstanding 23 – 3 Indoor record on Fed Cup. The fast court conditions suit her powerful serve and blistering groundstrokes with the home support being an extra boost to her confidence.
Despite not having a long history on Fed Cup, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is always a very dangerous opponent with high-quality shots. The Russian is far from a consistent player, but her game level has been very good and she should be full of confidence.
Petra is the undeniable favorite for this contest and should claim the win, but Pavlyuchenkova won’t go down without a fight and she can cause problems to this opponent with 3 victories on their 9 previous contests.
On this match, the value is on Pavlyuchenkova and she should be able to give a very good fight. Petra has always struggled to perform at a consistent level with the Russian winning at least one set in 66.67% of their previous meetings
Karolina Pliskova vs Maria Sharapova
Quite a surprise to see Karolina Pliskova as the choice to play this Saturday because she only played two previous matches on Fed Cup. Karolina made a good tournament in Zhuhai last week, reaching the final, but the last months haven’t been easy for her after a very long season with 77 matches played so far.
Maria Sharapova had some problems in the past with other Russian players and that’s one of the reasons why she has avoided playing Fed Cup in the last years. However, those issues seem to have settled down and Maria is very determined to win the title for her country.
Pliskova’s big serve is quite effective on these courts, but she hasn’t been playing with the required consistency to defeat such a strong player as Sharapova and the Russian should emerge victorious on this rubber.
The tennis odds for this match seem quite fair and extremely hard to find any value. The spread on Sharapova is at -4.5 and our advice is to wait for an in-play opportunity to grab her spread at a lower line. Maria sometimes has slow starts on her matches and gives good opportunities on a lower game handicap line.
We also suggest taking a position on the Russian team for the final, this will be an extremely close tie and because of that there is logic value on Russia at +129 on Pinnacle and we'll add it to our tennis picks.