Davis Cup Final 2015 Betting: Murrays to guide Great Britain to Davis Cup title

Andy and Jamie Murray look set to secure the Davis Cup trophy for Great Britain
Andy and Jamie Murray look set to secure the Davis Cup trophy for Great Britain

Great Britain can win their first Davis Cup since 1936 this weekend with a victory over Belgium and Sean Calvert brings us the best bets in his final column of a profitable season...

"With so much at stake there's a chance that Edmund could nick a set and the 4.216/5 about 3-1 to Goffin looks good."

Back Goffin to beat Edmund 3-1 at 4.216/5

The last meaningful action of the 2015 tennis season takes place this weekend and it's rather a big occasion for the players concerned.

The 2015 Davis Cup Final takes place in Ghent, Belgium from Friday through Sunday when the hosts take on Great Britain in a final that few would have predicted at the start of the campaign.

Great Britain haven't won the Davis Cup since 1936 and haven't made the final since 1978, while Belgium have never won the trophy and this is their first final since way back in 1904.

So, there's a bit on this one, but how much betting value it holds is rather questionable, with GB surely highly unlikely not to take the trophy, unless something untoward happens to Andy Murray.

GB's main man stands on the threshold of glory again and he can become only the third player in history to win all eight singles rubbers in one Davis Cup season.

John McEnroe and Mats Wilander are the others and assuming he's fit Murray will join that pair come Sunday evening.

This is an opportunity that Murray must surely have thought would never come his way and do we really think that the likes of David Goffin and Steve Darcis will deny him?

I was at the semi final in Brussels when Goffin and Darcis took Belgium past Argentina on indoor hard, but it's very difficult to see either of them getting close to beating Murray - even on indoor clay.

The rather tedious storyline running for what seems like months has been the identity of the player to be selected for the second singles rubbers and once Aljaz Bedene was ruled out due to red tape that honour has fallen to Kyle Edmund.

Not that it really makes much difference, in that Edmund only really comes into play if it goes to a decider, which would mean that Murray and brother Jamie have lost the doubles.

Having watched Ruben Bemelmans and Darcis comfortably beaten by Carlos Berlocq and Leo Mayer in Brussels it's fair to say that the Murrays have little to fear from them and surely the hosts have to play Goffin to have any chance in the doubles.

Even then it's a tall order for Belgium, with Goffin holding a 2-13 record in doubles at main level, and his only DC doubles appearance was a loss to Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in 2012 when playing with Bemelmans.

The most likely scenario here is for the score to be 1-1 at the end of the opening day and 3-1 at the end to Great Britain, with Murray winning both singles rubbers and the doubles.

Belgium's captain Johan Van Herck has opted to save Darcis for a possible fifth and deciding rubber, leaving Bemelmans as the lamb to the slaughter against Murray in Friday's second rubber.

The GB skipper Leon Smith, having gone with Edmund over James Ward in the opening singles rubber of the tie, has also picked Ward in the team over Dominic Inglot, which tells us it will be the Murray brothers in the doubles.

Presumably the thinking there is to have the choice of either Edmund or Ward for the possible final rubber, but Edmund is the more comfortable of the two on clay, and in decent form at the moment.

It surely won't be enough to beat Goffin though in rubber one, with the world number 16 a strong favourite, but with so much at stake there's a chance that Edmund could nick a set and the 4.216/5 about 3-1 to Goffin looks good.

Goffin can be a nervy sort and Edmund has the ability to nick a set on a good day in a match that will surely either 3-0 or 3-1 to the Belgian number one.

Murray should have few problems against Bemelmans, who is out of his depth against the world number two, and a handicap of about 10 games could well be covered by the Scot in that one.

But the best bets are to take a chance on Edmund to take a set and the Murrays to win the doubles.

Recommended Bet

Back Goffin to beat Edmund 3-1 at 4.216/5

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