Britain also faces the dual inconvenience of being the away team and playing on clay, although talisman Andy Murray has been practising on the less familiar surface at Queen’s Club in London this week.
“To me Great Britain should win. It’s set up for them,” said the American former world No1. “There will be pressure for Murray, but the way he handled it against Australia [in the semi-final], he’ll handle it again and win two singles, and it would be nice if he did it again with his brother [elder sibling Jamie].
“It’s more difficult on the road, but I pick Great Britain. Even in the second singles they have an outside shot. They should win this tie eight out of 10 times. I don’t want to put pressure on but they should win that match.”
Murray laid down a marker for the tie, which takes place in Ghent on 27-29 November, by thrashing Belgian No1 David Goffin 6-1, 6-0 at the Paris Masters last week.
The world No2 contributed to all of Britain’s points in their previous two ties, 3-2 wins against Australia in Glasgow and France in London.
John McEnroe will play Champions Tennis at The Royal Albert Hall, 2-6 December. Tickets: www.royalalberthall.com/tennis or call 020 7070 4404