Dubai Championship betting tips: Wallace aims to go one better
Odds and preview for this week’s European Tour event
It is the penultimate week of the European Tour season and we have studied the odds to pick out some AVIV Dubai Championship betting tips.
The big money is up for grabs at next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship but all eyes this week are on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
This is hardly the most challenging courses and low scoring will be the theme for the week on a layout which most players will feel they have a realistic chance on.
Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood are the big names in the field this week and they lead the way in the Dubai Championship odds as 10/1 joint-favourites.
Casey’s most recent win was in Dubai after he enjoyed a four-shot victory at the Dubai Desert Classic in January so a return to the desert should help his confidence.
But he has failed to finish in the top 20 at his last four events, including missing the cut at the Shriners Children’s Open, and this looks a week when the eventual winner will be shooting birdies or better all week long.
Fleetwood is a two-time winner in Abu Dhabi and is in better form, finishing tied for seventh in two of his last three tournaments.
That suggests he is the better pick of the two for favourite backers while he can be taken at evens to beat Casey in the tournament match betting market.
Wallace has been runner-up three times in Dubai, including in this tournament last year when he shot 23 under par to end two shots behind champion Antoine Rozner.
He missed the cut at the Portugal Masters last week but prior to that was tied for fourth at the Zozo Championship and tied for 14th at the Shriners so some punters may be happy to overlook last week’s dip.
Champion thrives in the desert
Rozner is back to defend his title and available in AVIV Dubai Championship betting tips at 40/1.
It looks a stronger field this year but it is hard to discount anyone who has shot 25 under par over four days at this venue, where he led the field in strokes-gained ball-striking.
The Frenchman has enjoyed another win on the European Tour since then and his victory at the Qatar Masters in March suggests this is a part of the world which brings the best out of the 28-year-old.
He has failed to finish in the top 10 since then, dropping out of the world’s top 100 recently, but this week has the potential to be his chance to stop the rot.
At even bigger odds, Francesco Laporta looks worthy of inclusion in our AVIV Dubai Championship betting tips at 60/1.
The Italian tied for second here last year and is in much better form than Rozner, having finished seventh in Portugal last week.
He also came joint-sixth in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in September which followed on from his fourth place at the Italian Open the previous week.
Such consistency means he has already secured his place here next week and he looks a good each-way option as he seeks his first European Tour title.
All odds and markets correct at date of publication