Davis Cup Final Predictions: Great Britain vs Belgium

2015 Davis Cup Final Predictions: Great Britain vs Belgium

2015 Davis Cup Final Predictions: Great Britain vs Belgium

Today we will have a little bit unusual update on, but many of our passion gamers have keen interest in sport events too. That is why our team decided to have a precise look at upcoming grand final of Davis Cup in November.

The worlds biggest international tenis tournament, the Davis Cup, will begin its final stage on Friday, Nov. 27. The three-day final pits some of the world’s best players against each other for international bragging rights. We’ve calculated the predictions for the 2015 Davis Cup, based on previous played games, history insights, and possible favourites.

Let’s take a look at the teams involved in the last two, where tennis fans can catch the match and who we think will win the big final.

First, let’s talk a bit about the Davis Cup.

Davis Cup: history

Davis Cup History

Davis Cup was born in 1900, when the United States and Britain were the only participants – the Americans prevailed with a “white” score – 3:0 – in Boston! Meanwhile, the competition caught momentum and became one of the most important international contest among all sports because no less than 122 nations start every year in search of the coveted trophy.

Called at first “International Lawn Tennis Challenge”, but soon named “Davis Cup” because of one of the three tennis players Americans who won the first edition – Dwight Davis – who sketched the format of the competition, and paid for the first trophy from his own pocket.

Only in 1905 it was accepted that countries like France, Austria, Belgium and Australasia (a combination of Australian and New Zealanders) to fight on equal terms with the United States and Britain. By 1927, the trophy was won only by the US – UK and Australasia, following French domination.

In 1981 it was decided that Davis Cup format should be changed, so participating countries – which from year to year have increased – were divided into several groups based on value and geographic area.

Davis Cup Structure

Davis Cup Structure

The Davis Cup is an international team event that is played in a knockout style. Each national features a team of 4 players and they play up to 4 single matches and one double match in each tie. The ties themselves are based on a best of 5 system.

The main focus of Davis Cup tournament is the famous World Group, which features the top 16 nations in the world. The group uses a knockout format, with 8 ties being played in the 1st round. The winners of the 8 ties go to the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final. The winner of the World Group final becomes the Davis Cup winner for that respective year and will hold the trophy for the year to come. All 4 rounds are usually played over 4 weekends spread throughout the year and the ties are played in the country of one of the competing teams.

2015 Davis Cup Final: Great Britain vs Belgium

The semi-finals gave us two mouth-watering clashes, as Murray inspired Great Britan to their first final in the last 37 years with a stunning win against Australia and an amazing doubles victory with Brother Jamie in Glasgow.

On the other side, Belgium booked their place in the final – taking place Nov. 27-29 – by beating Argentina 3-2. Predictions for this year’s Davis Cup are quite tough to analyze, since Belgium and Great Britain are not used to being this deep in the Davis Cup, without a final clash between them since the mid-70s.

Great Britain vs Belgium 2015 Davis Cup Betting Ods

Belgium received home advantage because in the last match against Great Britain, the latter was the host. Ghent’s Flanders Expo Centre is favourite to host the event – an amazing hall that can host up to 13,000 fans. Another alternative is the 23,000-capacity Sportpaleis in Antwerp. The Belgians are likely to for a drop-in clay court – Andy Murray’s least favourite tennis surface.

Great Britain has not reached the final since 1978, and it will be Belgium’s first final since 1904.

History Insights: Great Britain vs Belgium

Great Britain has won the Davis Cup trophy 9 times. Its last title dates back to 1936 when Bunny Austin and Fred Perry were leading Britain’s team. An interesting fact is that Great Britain is the only country that has participated in all the editions of the Davis Cup from 1900 until now, although it competed under the name British Isles until 1912.

Great Britain is the third most successful team in terms of championships won, with 9 (tied with France), but have appeared in only two finals since 1937.

Years in World Group – 14

Belgium’s best performance took place in 1904, where it managed to achieve its best result ever, a final lost against Great Britain (then British Isles). In the Open Era Belgium reached the semi-finals in 1999.

Head-to-Head Statistics: Great Britain vs Belgium

Belgium last reached the Final in 1904, as we already mentional, and have never won the Davis Cup, while Great Britain last played in the trophy decider in 1978 and won the last of their 9 titles back in 1936.

The British national is leading in the head-to-head between the two countries 7-4, but the Belgians won their only recent encounter 4-1, in 2012 in Glasgow.

Head-to-Head Statistics: Great Britain vs Belgium

Britain will once again be led in Belgium by Andy Murray, who was present in 8 matches in Davis Cup in which his side have won to reach the Final, against Australia, France, and USA.

Top 20 star David Goffin will be Belgium’s hope to stop Murray from winning another 3 rubbers, but lost their only previous meeting in 2014 at Wimbledon in straight sets.

Top Players on Each Side

Belgium currently features 3 male players in the world’s top 100 – David Goffin (on 15th), Steve Darcis (on 59th) and Ruben Bemelmans (85th). Bemelmans, on 192th place, is the only Belgian player ranked inside the world’s top 200 in doubles.

Great Britain has 2 inside the top 100 – Andy Murray (on 3rd), Aljaz Bedene (55th, not eligible for selection). While Kyle Edmund (101st), James Ward (142nd), Brydan Klein (172nd) and Liam Broady (196) are within the top 200.

Another interesting fact is that no Belgian male player has ever won a singles Grand Slam title.

Great Britain vs Belgium 2015 Davis Cup Betting Ods

Belgium made its way to the final after defeating champions Switzerland in the first round, Canada 5-0 and Argentina in the semifinals. The Belgians now have the huge home advantage and have chosen the indoor dwellings of the Forest National in Brussels.

History Insights: Great Britain vs Belgium

On the other hand, Great Britain’s arrival to the final is a complete surprise. After years of struggling to convince the stars to take part in the competitions, Britains are now favourites. Andy Murray played a key role in the matches with USA, France, and Australia.

Belgium and Britain and have met eleven times in the Davis Cup, with Great Britain winning seven of them. Their last meeting was in 2012 in Glasgow, when Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis inspired a 4-1 win for Belgium over the British team in which Murray didn’t play.

Who Do We Bet On?

All things considered, our bet is on Great Britain. Even though they haven’t won a title from 1938, they have Andy Murray and way more experience than the Belgians. Belgium has never won a Davis Cup and we don’t think it will start in 2015. David Goffin is a top player, but he was defeated multiple times by Andy Murray in the past.

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