Davis Cup: France v Great Britain – when, who and where the money’s going
The 2017 Davis Cup continues this weekend and all eyes will be on the Great Britain team who head to Rouen, France without injured Andy Murray.
Both GB and France were eliminated in last year’s semi-finals against Argentina and Croatia respectively, while the two teams haven’t faced each other in this competition on French soil since 1992.
British number two Dan Evans will be joined by Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.
As for France, their team is made up of world number 17 Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut, Jeremy Chardy and Julien Benneteau.
They breezed past Japan 4-1 in the First Round, but will be without Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon who played a huge part in that dominant display.
The draw for the singles and doubles clashes took place this morning, and kicking things off will be Edmund and Pouille, before Chardy and Evans take to the clay on Friday afternoon. Both Frenchmen are 1/2 for victory, while coincidentally Edmund and Evans are 13/8 apiece for victory.
Benneteau and Mahut will then face Murray and Inglot in the doubles match on Saturday, leaving Evans to face Pouille and Edmund to meet Chardy on the final day.
France are priced at 2/7 to win the tie, while Great Britain are 11/4 shots to cause an upset. And while we can’t read too much into the pair’s last meeting which came two years ago back in Glasgow (the match was played on grass, not indoor clay), it’s worth noting that the Brits head into this clash with a psychological edge over their opponents.
And this team is no stranger to clay courts, having been successful in each of the last two tournaments on the surface.
As far as the outright betting goes, France are joint-favourites with Serbia to win what would be their first Davis Cup in 16 years, while Great Britain are out at 9/1 as things stand.
That could fall drastically though were Leon Smith’s men to run out winners in Rouen.
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