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Mosconi Cup Odds: Europe strong favourites to claim the crown

The Mosconi Cup, an event comparable to the Ryder Cup in golf and the Weber Cup in bowling, returns this Christmas for its 30th edition and the annual nine-ball pool tournament between Europe and the United States will be heading to Alexandra Palace.

The Mosconi Cup has been keeping crowds entertained on either side of the Atlantic since 1994 with the best nine-ball players from Team Europe and Team USA competing in a four-day long battle for victory.

Each team has five playing members and Europe are the defending champions after their 11–7 victory in Las Vegas last year, which means they have taken an overall series lead of 15–13, with the 2006 renewal in Rotterdam ending in a tie.

The Europeans will be hoping to defend their crown at Ally Pally, where they triumphed 11–6 two years ago.

The action gets underway on Wednesday 6th December and goes right through until Saturday 9th December, with the format featuring one team match, several doubles matches and singles matches. The first team to win 11 matches will reign supreme.

Europe strong favourites to maintain their dominance

The Americans dominated the Mosconi Cup in the early years, prevailing in 10 of the first 13 editions, but those days are a distant memory.

In recent times it has been all about Team Europe, who have won the Mosconi Cup in 11 of the last 13 years, and they are 3/10 to maintain their superiority at Alexandra Palace this time around.

The Europeans have won the last three editions, with them winning by at least four points on each occasion - and they even eased to a 11-3 success at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in 2020.

Being spurred on by the home crowd can be a huge aid to your chances and the hosts should be difficult to beat given the talent they have on show.

However, the Americans have to go into it believing that they can cause the upset and they are 12/5 to regain their crown.

Team USA claimed their last Mosconi Cup victory in Las Vegas in 2019, with Skyler Woodward extremely influential in a 11-9 success.

Europe are 8/11 to win by at least three points while it is 1/1 that USA stay within at least two points of the hosts.

Joshua Filler leads the way for dominant hosts

Joshua Filler was the Most Valuable Player in Europe’s 11-7 success last year with the German-born star collecting four points for his team.

Filler heads the betting at 11/4 to top score for his again for Team Europe and he could be hard to beat with him expected to play most racks when available.

Team Europe are unchanged from the side that were crowned champions last year with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, Albin Ouschan, Jayson Shaw and David Alcaide also in attendance.

Having twice been named Mosconi Cup’s Most Valuable Player, world number five Shaw, who is also playing vice-captain, is sure to make his presence felt.

The proud Scot claimed his first nine-ball World Tour tournament victory in October, edging past Europe teammate Albin Ouschan 13-12 in a thrilling final, and he is 4/1 to lead the scoring.

Spain’s Ruiz, who picked up two points last year, is 3/1 with Austrian ace Ouschan 7/2 and Alcaide available at 4/1.

Shane Van Boening the stand out for the Americans

While Europe remain unchanged from last year, Team USA have made a couple of tactical tweaks with Fedor Gorst and Shane Wolford replacing Oscar Dominguez and Earl Strickland.

Shane Van Boening, Skyler Woodward and Tyler Styer are the three that have retained their place in the team.

And Van Boening, having helped his team to five points in defeat in 2022, is going to be key for the Americans and is 15/8 to top their scoring charts.

Gorst, a Russia-born 23-year-old who has only recently been granted permanent residency in America, won the 2019 World Nine-ball Championship and may have been in the European team had he not switched allegiances.

He is 9/4 to have a debut to remember by leading the scoring for America with playing vice-captain Woodward, who was MVP in 2018 and 2019, a 7/2 chance.

It is 6/1 about Styer and 15/2 for Wolford.

Team Europe hold all the aces

With Europe expected to prevail, it should come as no surprise that three of the first four in the overall top points scorer hail from the team of the defending champions.

Filler is 9/2 favourite to top the overall scoring, with Spanish teammate Ruiz next in the betting at 5/1.

Van Boening is also available at 5/1 and America may be relying on the 40-year-old to bring his A-game if they are to be successful.

Ouschan and Gorst are both 13/2 with Alcaide and seasoned Scot Shaw available at 15/2.

Woodward is also a single-figure price at 9/1 but Styer is 14/1 and Wolford is 22/1.

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