Starting on Friday, the Laver Cup promises to be an exciting teams tennis competition where more than pride is on the line.
Underdog Team World Seeks Back-to-Back
Tennis betting got thrown into a loop when Team World won the 2022 Laver Cup, so John McEnroe’s squad looks to pull off another upset of Team Europe.
Team World is packed with young stars, including a strong American contingent. Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul and Ben Shelton have been selected, so it’s a strong team.
They accompany the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Francisco Cerundolo, which is where our concerns start. Auger-Aliassime’s form has deteriorated over the last few years, and gone with it is his confidence.
The Canadian is struggling at all levels, and considering the team picked for Europe, he’s not going to have easy matches.
However, he played well last year when pulling off the upset, so we’re not going to discount his chances of helping Team World. He’s also playing in front of a home crowd in Vancouver, which can’t be overlooked.
“It [was] awesome to win it last year. We’ve got quite a few of the same guys back who were instrumental in Team World winning it — Felix [Auger-Aliassime] was incredible and went on a great run after Laver Cup and I’m expecting the same thing is going to happen this year,” vice captain Patrick McEnroe said. “He’s a big part of the reason we’re here in Canada.”
It might have been a flash-in-the-pan performance from Team World in 2022, but winning their first Laver Cup in five attempts should give them confidence.
Europe: Star-Studded Team Favored
Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Holger Rune, Hubert Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.
That’s the European team for the Laver Cup, which makes them tough to bet against with sport bets. It’s a team packed full of superstars, and it’s tough envisioning them losing the Laver Cup in consecutive years.
Prior to their 2022 loss, they won in 2021 by a 14-1 margin, so that’s something this team could produce this week.
Of all the players for Team World, we would pick only Taylor Fritz above Hubert Hurkacz, who is the weakest player for Europe, but even he’s in good form this year. That makes it hard for Team World to win over the longer format.
Since his debut with Team World in 2019, Taylor Fritz has demonstrated a steely grit that has propelled him into the Top 10 on the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 16, 2023
Team World vs Team Europe Laver Cup Head to Head
Team World won the most recent meeting, but it’s a 4-1 advantage to Team Europe from five meetings.
The biggest margin of victory came in 2021 when Europe thrashed World 14-1.
Team World vs Team Europe Laver Cup Game Information
Team World vs Team Europe Laver Cup Prediction
We can’t pick against Europe, which has the dominant advantage in head-to-head matches, and the odds are better than we expected.
Bettors get -150 for a team that won 14-1 two years ago and we expect Europe to never look like they are being beaten.