Great Britain will play their first Davis Cup final since 1978 and look for their first win since 1936 when the take on Belgium in Ghent from November 27-29.

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Great Britain will play their first Davis Cup final since 1978 and look for their first win since 1936 when the take on Belgium in Ghent from November 27-29. Belgium have never won the event and were 80-1 outsiders at the start of the competition

The team line ups are below, although they can be changed up until the draw is made on November 26.

Davis Cup World Group Final

Belgium v Great Britain – Flanders Expo, Ghent, Indoor clay

Belgium team: David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans, Kimmer Coppejans

Great Britain squad: Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot, James Ward

Friday Singles – 1230 GMT start
Saturday Doubles – 1400 GMT start
Sunday Singles – 1200 GMT start

The first major point to note is that the underdog hosts have sought to give themselves maximum home advantage by playing in a comparatively small indoor venue on clay, Murray’s least favourite surface and one in which the rest of the GB team are inexperienced. All previous rounds hosted by Belgium this year have been on hard courts

So far in this Davis Cup top 4 world player Andy Murray has carried the team this far, and has won all six singles and both doubles matches he has played. Meanwhile the British number two player alongside him has lost both games so the ties have come down to the doubles on the second day. Murray heads to Ghent after two defeats at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last week. He could disprove the theory that one man teams don’t win the Davis Cup.

Having recently won a Challenger Tour title on clay Kyle Edmund is the front-runner to play singles alongside Andy Murray. Edmund will become only the sixth player to make his Davis Cup debut in a final. The previous five – who include Pete Sampras – all lost their debut rubber.

On the other side world number 16 David Goffin will be expected to beat Edmund on the Friday, and Murray to beat Belgian number two Steve Darcis. That would leave the tie 1-1 going into the doubles.

That rubber appears crucial to hopes of winning the trophy. The Murray brothers will be favourite to win the doubles though on clay, doubles is not the same game as on other surfaces and you can play from the back a little bit more which will suit the most likely Belgian partnership Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans.

If the tie does get to the fifth game, with Murray presumably having won twice but Belgium the second Friday singles and the doubles, Belgium could have an advantage as in 10 years playing Davis Cup Darcis has won the fifth rubber four times and will be playing debutant Edmund.

Markets have priced up the final Great Britain 1/3 (William Hill) Belgium 3/1 (Paddy Power) thus assuming Murray wins both singles and the doubles, it being so unlikely that the British number two will score points.

Great Britain have to be favourites but 1/3 doesn’t offer much value. On clay with Murray away from home the 3/1 on Belgium is very tempting indeed. It is after all effectively 3/1 on Belgium winning the doubles tie if the rest of the rubbers go to plan.

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