Players Championship Darts Winner Odds & Predictions 2019

Mighty Mike to regain Minehead crown?

Darts Betting

The thrilling three-day burst of top darts action from Minehead that is the Players Championship Finals, will light up a cold November weekend. The action kicks off on Friday, November 22nd and will draw to a conclusion on Sunday.

In last year’s final there was an epic duel between Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen, with Gurney pulling off an upset victory in a tight contest. Now all the pressure will be on him to go out and defend. But plenty in the 64-man field are waiting to bring him down.

Players Championship Finals 2019 Winner Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 6/4
Gerwyn Price 7/1
Peter Wright 11/1
Rob Cross 14/1
Michael Smith 22/1
Dave Chisnall 25/1
Daryl Gurney 25/1
Glen Durrant 28/1
Mensur Suljovic 28/1
33/1 bar
*( betting odds taken from bet365 on November 21st, 2019 at 8:54 pm)

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Players Championship Details

The tournament consists of the top 64 players from the 30 Players Championship events that take place across the course of the season. As usual, this will be hosted at the Butlins Resort in Minehead. This is now the 12th edition of the tournament.

The winner of the event will walk away with a £100,000 prize. All first-round matches are played on November 22nd. All third and fourth-round matches taking place on Saturday with everything from the quarter-finals onward settled on Sunday.

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22/1

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Van Gerwen lines-up as the favourite

The favourite in the field is Micahel van Gerwen who has won the event four times before. He was on a three-tournament winning streak at the Players Championship Finals before his loss in the finals last year to Gurney. MVG will be looking for an upward swing in form as well as he gears up for a World Championship title defence in December.

Last Sunday MVG lost in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts to Gerwyn Price. Van Gerwen goes in section three alongside the likes of James Wade, Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis. There is the potential of a semi-final showdown against Gurney on the weekend.

Can Gurney defend?

Daryl Gurney will have the bit between his teeth in his title defence. Twelve months ago he was in ripe form, boldly going for the big shots, which on the night paid off. None bigger than his title-winning bullseye.

He was stopped in the second round of the Grand Slam of Darts last week, but his record at the Players Championship Finals speaks for itself.

He has been to the quarter-finals in three of his four appearances, making the semi’s twice including last year’s effort where he went on to win the title. The bookmakers have Gurney as an outside shot however at 25/1*( betting odds taken from bet365 on November 21st, 2019 at 8:54 pm).

Gerwyn Price the hot hand-pick for Minehead

He’s often the pantomime villain, but Gerwyn Price is in good shape at the moment. He successfully defend his Grand Slam of Darts title in Wolverhampton last Sunday. He got the better of Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals. He then took down Peter Wright in the final. So he held his nerve well under pressure.

The Welshman qualified for The Players Championship Finals top of the Players Championship Order of Merit (from the 30 Players Championship events). Price goes as a 7/1 second-favourite behind Van Gerwen*( betting odds taken from bet365 on November 21st, 2019 at 8:54 pm). Price is up to third, his highest ever spot, on the main PDC Order of Merit.

Other key contenders

After his run to the final of the Grand Slam of Darts and with the World Championships coming up, Peter Wright will be looking to build on that. His best-ever effort at The Players Championship Finals was a semi-final exit in 2016. Really aside from that, he has never made much of an impact in the event. He was nowhere near threatening enough to Price in the Grand Slam of Darts Final last weekend.

Regardless, Wright is still one of the top players in the game and really has a favourable-looking draw ahead of him. At least until the quarters where Glen Durrant could be waiting for him. After a fine season, his first on the PDC since moving from the BDO, Durrant has continued to show quality. He has taken semi-finals at the World Matchplay, the World Grand Prix and then at the Grand Slam of Darts last weekend. He’ll appeal as one of the better outsiders as a 25/1 shot*( betting odds taken from bet365 on November 21st, 2019 at 8:54 pm).

There will also be the steady hand options of Rob Cross and Michael Smith, both more than capable of pulling off the title who are in the mix. Cross, in particular, has a fairly easy-losing section ahead of him to get through. There’s a potential quarter-final match down the line happening against Michael van Gerwen. Smith looks a fantastic pick to win his section in the fourth quarter of the draw. He could potentially get a quarter-final against Daryl Gurney.

Predictions

This is the time of the year where you would expect to see Michael van Gerwen rattling off title after title. The Players Championship Finals is the last event before the PDC World Championships.

Expect the Dutchman to be fired up for this especially after losing last year’s final and going into this on the back of a loss last weekend. He doesn’t lose many finals. He could easily be back in the winner’s circle in Minehead for the fifth time.


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