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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Matteo Manassero should find safe passage along familiar terrain

Korhonen can win all-Finnish affair

Matteo Manassero has been rediscovering some form
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Matteo Manassero is licking his lips at the prospect of tackling his home track in a European Tour event and the 25-year-old looks a value outsider against George Coetzee in an Italian Open match.

Manassero, 20th, 20th and 27th in his latest three Tour outings, finished third in the 2012 Italian Open and will hope for similar inspiration in front of supportive galleries this week. Coetzee, who is less dependable off the tee, has missed his last two European Tour cuts and may suffer too much tree trouble to be a factor at Gardagolf Country Club.

Two other match-bet options appeal. Mikko Korhonen can win an all-Finnish contest against Mikko Ilonen. Korhonen shared 15th place at Wentworth on Sunday in elite company, while Ilonen missed the cut. The more accurate Finn can win the day on another tight track.

Neat and tidy Dutchman Joost Luiten should enjoy the Gardagolf layout and he seems likely to outscore a struggling Thomas Pieters over 72 holes. Pieters has been out of sorts and is in great danger of losing his Ryder Cup place.

M Manassero to beat G Coetzee
2pts 21-20 BoyleSports
M Korhonen to beat M Ilonen
2pts 10-11 Betway
J Luiten to beat T Pieters
2pts 4-5 Betway

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Neat and tidy Dutchman Joost Luiten should enjoy the Gardagolf layout
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