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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Europe should see off plucky underdogs Asia with singles romp

Sunday dominance to clinch Cup

Tyrrell Hatton has won both of his matches
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Sky Sports Golf, 3.30am Sunday

Story so far
Asia have shocked Europe over the first two days of the EurAsia Cup, but there is still plenty of opportunity for the favourites to set the record straight.

Asia lead 6.5-5.5 after the fourballs and foursomes matches, ending each day a point ahead, and the 7-2 pre-tournament outsiders are no bigger than 11-5 with the 12 singles matches to play. Europe, a best-price 3-10 at the outset, have drifted to 4-7, while the tie has been cut from 12-1 to 8-1.

There are seven players on the maximum possible points total of two heading into the final day – European trio Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton, along with Asian quartet Yuta Ikeda, Gavin Green, Hideto Tanihara and Phachara Khongwatmai.

The action resumes at 12.35am UK and Ireland time.

Results (European pairs first)
Day-one fourballs (Europe lost 3.5-2.5)
Fleetwood & Casey beat An & Aphibarnrat 4&3
Pieters & Fitzpatrick lost to Ikeda & Green 2&1
Noren & Dunne lost to Tanihara & Khongwatmai 2 down
Stenson & Levy lost to Kang & Saksansin 5&4
Wiesberger & Cabrera-Bello halved with Fung & Li
Fisher & Hatton beat Lahiri & Chawrasia 5&4

Day-two foursomes (3-3 tie)
Fleetwood & Stenson beat Lahiri & Chawrasia 3&2
Casey & Hatton beat An & Aphibarnrat 2&1
Cabrera-Bello & Levy lost to Green & Ikeda one down
Pieters & Fitzpatrick beat Kang & Saksansin 3&2
Dunne & Noren lost to Tanihara & Khongwatmai 2&1
Fisher & Wiesberger lost to Li & Fung 3&1

Singles line-up
12.35am Noren v Fung
12.45 Casey v Saksansin
12.55 Fleetwood v Chawrasia
1.05 Stenson v Tanihara
1.15 Cabrera-Bello v Green
1.25 Wiesberger v Khongwatmai
1.35 Levy v Aphibarnrat
1.45 Pieters v An
1.55 Hatton v Lahiri
2.05 Fitzpatrick v Kang
2.15 Fisher v Ikeda
2.25 Dunne v Li

Final-day advice
Asia have performed heroically over the first two days, bringing some life back into a competition which was becoming stale through European dominance, but singles day is obviously when the event is won or lost. Only half of the available 24 points have yet been accounted for.

European captain Thomas Bjorn, using the EurAsia Cup as a warm-up spin for potential Ryder Cup candidates, will be fuming about his side trailing. Alex Noren, Paul Dunne and Alex Levy have all contributed zero points, so their hopes of getting a Ryder Cup berth have taken a hit.


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Punters who chunked on Europe at 3-10 will be getting a sweat on, but the vastly superior team can still be strongly fancied to retain the Cup. Singles combat should highlight their edge more acutely, and the 4-7 available about Europe going into Sunday is more than fair.

Expect a more focused and ruthless Europe to arrive on the tee for day three – Bjorn will have sent a rocket up their backsides overnight – and a heavy singles victory for the visitors.

A 9-3 singles victory for Europe could be on the cards, with Asia's best hope of picking up points coming from Phachara Khongwatmai, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Haotong Li. Teen terror Khongwatmai can handle struggling Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, while Aphibarnrat and Li can be fancied to see off Levy and Dunne respectively.

Recommendations
Europe
5pts 4-7 general
Europe to win 14.5-9.5
1pt 28-1 Sky Bet
P Khongwatmai
1pt 8-5 Hills
K Aphibarnrat
1pt 23-20 Hills
H Li
1pt 6-5 Paddy Power


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