WTA Palermo Best Bets: Expect a close one between Martic and Kontaveit

WTA Palermo Best Bets: Expect a close one between Martic and Kontaveit

When two excellent players are in such fine form, taking the over game total is typically the safest play.

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When two excellent players who both happen to be in fantastic form face each other, it’s difficult to try and decide who will actually end up the victor. There’s a world where Anett Kontaveit plays lights out in Saturday’s semifinal; her aggression and accuracy could prove too much for Petra Martic. There’s also a world where Martic’s variety, movement and nasty kick serve make Kontaveit extremely uncomfortable, especially on the Croat’s preferred surface.

With both players competing at such a high level, the safest bet on the board in this instance is the over game total. 

Not much separates these two competitors skill-wise; Martic’s UTR of 13.16 trails Kontaveit’s by just one hundredth of a point. And no matter what you hear, anytime a player’s odds are in the -100 range, the oddsmakers believe it can go either way.

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It makes sense that Martic is the slight favorite at -157 due to her clay-court prowess, but the match remains a toss-up. That, combined with the fact that both players' last two matches have gone well over the standard total game over/under of 19.5 makes this a safe bet. It’s unlikely one player will dust the other off the court, so we are playing it safe, and strapping in for a close encounter.

DraftKings Sportsbook presents bettors with a variety of totals to choose from, but we recommend taking over 20.5 games at -122. A $100 bet will net you $82. The best part about taking the over in such an anticipated match is that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. This match shouldn't disappoint.