The second event in Courchevel will see women competing in Slalom which will mark the 13th race and 3rd Slalom event of the season. In the first race at this ski resort, women competed in Giant Slalom, which was won by Mikaela Shiffrin with a total time of 1:49.81, which was 0.14s faster than Viktoria Rebensburg and 0.33s faster than Tessa Worley. This was Mikaela Shiffrin 6th win and 7th podium finish of the season. Mikaela Shiffrin did not compete in Val Gardena to prepare for Courchevel and it seems like her training and preparations paid off, however, she still has 1 more race in front of her and with 2 consecutive wins in Slalom this season, she could go on and win all first 3 slalom races this season. In the most recent slalom race, as mentioned, it was Mikaela Shiffrin who won with an impressive margin of 1.64s in front of Petra Vlhova and 2.67s in front of Bernadette Schild. Last season, Mikaela Shiffrin won both events at this venue; Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom, and her winning both races here this season as well is highly likely.
Mikaela Shiffrin is a clear favourite to win this race has already won 6 events this season; 2 in Slalom, 2 in Super-G, 1 in Giant Slalom and 1 in Parallel Slalom. In her career, Mikaela Shiffrin has won a total of 34 Slalom races, which is equal to Vreni Schneider and only 1 short of Marlies Schild (35) who is leading in Slalom races among women. In her past 10 Slalom races in the World Cup, Shiffrin won 9, only failing to win in Lenzerheide last season, where she did not finish her 2nd run. In addition, she has won 25 out of 31 of her last slalom appearances; whereas she finished 2nd twice, 3rd twice and did not finish the race on 2 occasions. As mentioned, she is a clear favourite here, and odds offered only to prove that. Due to low odds, we won’t consider betting on her.
Petra Vlhova was the only woman beside Mikaela Shiffrin to win a Slalom race last season. This season, however, she has recorded 2 2nd places in Slalom and 1 2nd place in Parallel Slalom. On each occasion, she finished behind Mikaela Shiffrin. With 4 Slalom wins in her career and her performance this season, she is among the favourites to win, but due to Mikaela Shiffrin exceptional form, we do not believe Petra Vlhova will manage to win in Courchevel. A podium finish is a more likely result for Petra Vlhova but again the odds offered are too low for us to consider betting on her.
Frida Hansdotter has 4 World Cup Slalom wins to her name but has not won a race since January 2017, which translates to almost 1 winless year for Hansdotter. Last season, Frinda Hansdotter has won an Olympic title in ladies’ Slalom in PyeongChang. With her 33 podium finished in Slalom, she is ranked 8th in all-time standings, tied with Anja Pärsons. If she wins today, she would become the oldest woman to win a Slalom race since Marlies Schild who won in Lienz (2013) with 32 years and 212 days of age. Frida Hansdotter is currently 33 years old. She did finish 3rd in Killington this season. With that podium finish, Frida Hansdotter already broke the record as the oldest skier to reach a podium in the World Cup (32 years 347 days). In Courchevel, she has achieved 1 podium finish in her career; 2nd place in 2013, but failed to perform as well at this venue ever since.
We won’t be betting on Frida Hansdotter, but we will bet against her, in an H2H bet against Bernadette Schild. Schild has 2 good results behind her this season with a 3rd place in Levi and 4th in Killington. The odds offered on H2H bet between Hansdotter and Schild are just too far apart.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|H2H(Hansdotter v Schild)||Bernadette Schild||2.35||1.83||1 Unit||Lost|