WRC Rally Poland 2017 Betting Tips

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Updated Friday 22nd September 2017, 03:59 PM

The World Rally Championship reaches its eighth round as the drivers compete for top honours at the ORLEN 74th Rally in Poland. Sebastien Ogier currently leads the way at the top of the Drivers’ Championship with 141 points, just ahead of Thierry Neuville (123) and teammate Ott Tanak (108), but will the Frenchman have things all his own way as the competitors slog it out over 326.64km and 23 stages around the north-eastern area of Mikolajki?

How the Bookies See it:

  • Race Winner: Thierry Neuville 5/2, Sébastien Ogier 3/1, Ott Tanak 5/1 - William Hill
  • Drivers’ Championship Winner: Sébastien Ogier 4/9, Thierry Neuville 7/4,  Jari-Matti Latvala 14/1 - William Hill
  • Podium Finish: Thierry Neuville 8/15, Sébastien Ogier 8/13, Ott Tanak 1/1 - William Hill

Form

Sebastien Ogier may be leading the Drivers’ Championship with just six races of the season remaining, but the 33-year-old failed to deliver in Sardinia as he finished fifth in a race that saw a number of his closest title rivals gain ground. Despite this setback, the Ford M-Sport driver still holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field and will be buoyed by his previous showings in Poland, races that brought him great success in 2014 and 2015.

Following a disappointing start to the season, Thierry Neuville knew things had to change if he was to have any chance of landing a first Drivers’ Championship title. Luckily for the Belgian, a pair of standout performances in Corsica and Argentina set him back on track before a third place finish in Mexico and a runners-up spot in Portugal cemented the Hyundai driver’s position on the leaderboard. The 29-year-old then did his best to keep the title race alive by finishing two places clear of Ogier in Sardinia.

A superb showing last time out will have done wonders for Ott Tanak’s confidence. The Estonian enjoyed his first win of the season, posting a time of 3:25:15.1, over three minutes quicker than teammate and championship leader Sebastien Ogier. The 29-year-old finished third in Poland last year and has been a constant contender in many of this year’s races, flitting in and out of the top three positions. Now sitting third in the overall standings and with Neuville firmly in his sights, could Tanak muscle his way into contention this weekend?

Having contested four events so far this season, Andreas Mikkelsen has proved himself more than capable of picking up big wins. Driving a Skoda Fabia R5 in the WRC2 support category, the Norwegian driver topped the podium in Monte Carlo and Corsica, but was cruelly denied a third victory in Portugal after clipping a rock in the Power Stage. Nevertheless, with the wind clearly in his sails, Citroen moved quickly to bring in the 28-year-old ahead of the Sardinian Rally, a race in which he and co-driver Anders Jæger finished eighth in a C3 WRC.

Previous WRC Rally Poland Podiums:

2014:

1st – Sebastien Ogier

2nd – Andreas Mikkelsen

3rd – Thierry Neuville

2015:

1st – Sebastien Ogier

2nd – Andreas Mikkelsen

3rd – Ott Tanak

2016:

1st – Andreas Mikkelsen

2nd – Ott Tanak

3rd – Hayden Paddon   

Sports.net's View

With Sebastien Ogier currently topping the Drivers’ Championship, it is hard to look past the Frenchman completing his hat-trick of race victories this year. The Ford man will be determined to prove that his fifth-place finish in Sardinia was just a hiccup and not a crisis of confidence as the end of the season hoves into view. Ogier’s dominant performances in Poland may have come to an end last year as he finished a disappointing sixth, but don’t expect the current leader to gift his fellow challengers victory, and with the positive result achieved by M-Sport teammate Ott Tanak last time out, the whole team could be on a high.   

However, should Ogier find himself wobbling, be sure that the likes of Thierry Neuville and last year’s champion in Poland Andreas Mikkelsen will be waiting to pounce. Mikkelsen, in particular, will be desperate to prove his worth to the Citroen team, especially given his previous success with Volkswagen, but he could find himself hampered by the fact that he has only raced once in the WRC main event this term. With this in mind, it’s hard to see past a third win for Ogier.        

  • Sports.net's Top Tip: Sebastien Ogier to win at 3/1 with William Hill

*Please note that odds may fluctuate.


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