European Championship Darts Betting Odds & Predictions 2020

European Championship Darts betting preview 2020

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Some top darts betting action is on the horizon with the arrival of the 2020 European Championship. This is being hosted in Germany from October 29th to November 1st.

So it’s a short weekend of action and it is Rob Cross who is returning to the event as the reigning champion.

He beat Gerwyn Price comfortably in last season’s showcase match at the tournament.

This is the 13th edition of the European Championship, which is a little different because of how the seeding for the event works.

European Championship Darts Betting Odds

Michael van Gerwen 4/1
Gerwyn Price 4/1
Peter Wright 9/2
Nathan Aspinall 10/1
Devon Petersen 14/1
Krzysztof Ratajaski 14/1
Jose Oliveira De Sousa 16/1
Micahel Smith 22/1
Dave Chisnall 25/1
Joe Cullen 25/1
James Wade 35/1
Rob Cross 33/1
Danny Noppert 40/1
Daryl Gurney 40/1
Mensur Suljovic 40/1
50/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT)

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European Champions Darts betting – Qualification

The top 32 players from the European Order of Merit all get their places automatically at the European Championships.

That particular Order of Merit is not the big PDC one, it is made up of rankings from the European Tour Events played in the season.

In this campaign, there have only been the four such tournaments played instead of the usual thirteen.

This season’s qualification events were the Belgian Darts Championship, the German Darts Championship, European Darts Grand Prix and the International Darts Open.

Glen Durrant, the recent winner of the PDC Premier League Darts Finals Night, has withdrawn. He would have been the 23rd seed.

European Champions Darts Betting – The reigning champion

Rob Cross is a 33/1 quote in darts betting to defend his European Championship darts crown* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons from him though, as his best effort in a televised ranked event was a quarter-final finish at the UK Open.

It was a poor Premier League Darts campaign that he had, getting eliminated before the second half of the competition.

But then again, Cross actually does have a good record at the European Championships. He has been to the final twice in his three previous appearances, winning it last year.

He hasn’t been eliminated before the quarter-final stage in any of his three appearances in the main draw.

Our betting prediction:
Nathan Aspinall

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(odds taken October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT)


European Championship Darts 2020 Draw

(1) Joe Cullen v (32) William O’Connor
(16) Jamie Hughes v (17) Dave Chisnall
(8) Nathan Aspinall v (25) Maik Kuivenhoven
(9) James Wade v (24) Steve Lennon
(4) Devon Petersen v (29) Andy Hamilton
(13) Rob Cross v (20) Martijn Kleermaker
(5) Michael van Gerwen v (28) Darius Labanauskas
(12) Mervyn King v (21) Ian White
(2) Gerwyn Price v (31) Kim Huybrechts
(15) Peter Wright v (18) Gabriel Clemens
(7) Mensur Suljovic v (26) Daryl Gurney
(10) Krzysztof Ratajski v (23) Steve West
(3) Jose De Sousa v (30) Jeffrey de Zwaan
(14) Jonny Clayton v (19) Max Hopp
(6) Michael Smith v (27) Ross Smith
(11) Danny Noppert v (22) Dirk van Duijvenbode

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European Championship Darts Betting Outright Favourite 2020

Heading up the market for this year’s edition of the European Championship Darts is Micahel van Gerwen.

There’s no real surprise there and MVG is the 3/1 current market leader* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

But this has been a season from the Dutchman which hasn’t seen him at his usual prolific best. That was highlighted by him missing out on reaching the Premier League Finals night.

His one ranked title this year in fact came at the UK Open.

He does boast a fine career in the European Championships though having won it four times in the last six seasons.

Punters will probably feel that he is worth taking on in the European Championship darts betting 2020.

That is because MVG hasn’t been past the second round in the last two appearances at the event.

Interestingly he reached back to back finals on the European Tour, losing in both.

The first was against Jose De Sousa in the European Darts Grand Prix, then to Joe Cullen in the final of the International Darts Open.

Those were matches punters would have expected Mighty Mike to win at something of a canter. But it’s been one of those seasons from him.

Gerwyn Price a big threat

“The Iceman” Gerwyn Price has come back into some nice form. He picked up some momentum over the second half of the Premier League of Darts.

Price collected the World Series Of Darts Finals title towards the end of September in Austria, adding to his World Grand Prix crown earned earlier in the year.

The Welshman was the losing finalist in last season’s European Championships, his best result at the event.

Price has been to the semi-final of three of the four televised ranking events of 2020.

At the same 4/1 quote as Van Gerwen in darts betting, Price looks a slightly stronger option in our opinion* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

However, the draw could pit him against one of the other big contenders as early as the second round. That is Peter Wright who we look at next.

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Peter Wright to claim his first European Championship darts title?

Peter “Snakebite” Wright is the big form player of 2020 having claimed big titles in the World Championship and the Masters.

He also went to the semi-finals of the Premier League Darts 2020 season, after having finished second in the table.

So “Snakebite” is certainly one to keep an eye on in this one.

But of the main contenders, he does lack in the positive history at the European Championships.

Wright has never been past the semi-final in eight previous appearances in the main draw of the tournament.

In the last two seasons of the European Championship Darts, Wright hasn’t been past the second round.

He fell in the opening round last season.

But he is right up there in the darts betting market at 9/2 to take his first crown* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

Joe Cullen the big wild card?

25/1 shot Joe Cullen could be an interesting one to watch in the European Championship Darts betting* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

He is actually top seed for this one.

That is because of a great performance at the International Darts Open last weekend, taking the title in spectacular fashion.

He got the better of Micahel van Gerwen in the final, having been in the position as a massive underdog.

That was just the fourth PDC title that Cullen has picked up in his career, and his second European Tour title.

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Can Nathan Aspinall mount a challenge?

The draw in the early stages of the 2020 European Champions Darts does favour Nathan Aspinall a little bit.

He has had a tremendous season and capped that off recently by reaching the final of the Premier League Darts in his debut season.

That was a big effort from “The Asp”. He has also been to the semi-finals of the Masters and the PDC World Championship in 2020.

There’s no reason really why he couldn’t mount a deep run this weekend at this event.

It will be just the third appearance in the main draw of the European Championships for Aspinall, not having been past the second round in any of his previous two.

But he is sitting at a quote of 10/1 in darts betting, and represents some decent value* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).

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European Championship Darts betting 2020 Predictions

This is a very interesting tournament because you don’t have the usual suspects as the top seeds in the event.

So that should lead to some early clashes, like the potential of a second-round clash between Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price.

The mix of European Tour event winners Joe Cullen, Devon Petersen and Jose De Sousa as top seeds, makes things fascinatingly interesting as well.

We feel that the tournament is wide open and we can find reasons to pass over Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright.

Van Gerwen has had some misses in the final of European Tour events this season. Wright because he has little form in general in the event.

So we are going to put some stock in Nathan Apsniall because of some excellent form this season. Also because the draw looks good ahead for him.

He could potentially meet Rob Cross or Micahel van Gerwen in the semi finals. We see The Asp getting that far.

Things are a little muddier in the bottom half of the draw with Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Micahel Smith knocking around.

A train of thought could be the winner of a potential Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price second-round clash could go on to take this.

Our pick of those would be the in-form Price at 4/1* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on October 27th, 2020 at 23:15 GMT).