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Premier League Darts 2018 Betting – Second Phase

Darts Betting
Judgement Night in the Premier League Darts season came and went on April 5th, which was week nine of the tournament. That meant that the bottom two at the end of the night were eliminated and that ended up being Gerwyn Price who picked up just two points, and Austria’s Mensur Suljovic who collected four. It meant that Peter Wright managed to avoid a shock exit at the halfway stage of the competition. Now for the second phase of the tournament (weeks 10 through 14), the remaining eight all face off against each other one more time. The top four after all that dust has settled will be moving through to the Finals night where it is straight knockout time. So who is on course for a berth in the final four? Well, Michael Van Gerwen looks a dead cert to be booking his place on Finals night and taking a step closer to defending his title. He won eight of his nine games in the first phase, with only a blip on Week two against Peter Wright tripping him up. He carries forth a massive 32 positive leg advantage as well. Van Gerwen is 1/2 at Paddy Power* (betting odds taken on April 10th at 2:16 a.m) to win the title outright. Michael Smith did fantastically well over the first half of the season with seven wins in his nine matches. He was pretty consistent and strong and really having opened with four straight victories that set up him up for the fairly comfortable ride that he had. So he is a strong position to land a top-four finish in what is his second appearance in the Premier League of Darts (he finished 10th in 2016). Things then get a title. Rob Cross recovered himself well after losing his two opening matches to string together a fantastic five-match winning streak to end Judgement Night in third, just two points ahead of Simon Whitlock who has reappeared in the tournament with a bit of vim and vigour to people’s surprise. Will the Wizard last the distance though because there is big pressure brewing and the Australian only won one of his last six games? Gary Anderson and debutant Daryl Gurney are right on his heels just a point behind and then Raymond Van Barneveld is just two points back of fourth-placed Whitlock. Bringing up the rear is Peter Wright, who with six points and just one win all season, isn’t likely to put together a run.

Predictions

It would be a surprise if MVG, Cross and Smith don’t take three of the four places on Finals night. They have all been going really well and look to have the bit between their teeth. It is that final berth that we are looking at. Whitlock probably doesn’t have the durability to stick it out and bring his way through and if you count out Van Barneveld and Wright who have the most work to do, that narrows the field to Anderson or Gurney. D o you go with the experience of Anderson or the new kid on the block in Gurney? There was really nothing to split their stats at the end of Judgement Night night and it’s a close call. We would suggest that 5/6 odds with Paddy Power* (betting odds taken on April 10th at 2:16 a.m) that it is Anderson who takes. The pressure is going to start building week by week and of the two, Anderson has been there and handled it before. It may all get too much for Gurney when he tries to hone in on a top-four finish when the pressure is really on.

To Qualify Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 1/100, Rob Cross 1/7, Michael Smith 1/6, Gary Anderson 5/6, Daryl Gurney 9/4, Simon Whitlock 5/2, Raymond van Barneveld 3/1, Peter Wright 8/1* (betting odds taken on April 10th at 2:16 a.m)

Premier League Darts 2018 Winner Odds

Michael van Gerwen 1/2, Rob Cross 9/2, Gary Anderson 13/2, Michael Smith 14/1, Daryl Gurney 33/1, Peter Wright 50/1, Raymond van Barneveld 50/1, Simon Whitlock 50/1* (betting odds taken on April 10th at 2:16 a.m).
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UK Open Darts Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The 2018 edition of the UK Open Darts gets underway on March 2nd and the short event runs through to the 4th. So it is an action-packed weekend of darts from the famous Butlin’s Resort in Minehead. This has pretty much been dubbed the FA Cup of darts because there are no seedings for the event which means that there are just random draws after the conclusion of each round.

Reigning Champion

Peter Wright won the title last year as he took out Gerwyn Price in the Final. It was a good run through the tournament for Wright as well, who had gotten past Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter and then Daryl Gurney in the semi finals. That was Wright’s first UK Open title, but it was the third final in a row that he had reached.

UK Open Darts Draw

While there are no seedings per se, the top 32 players on the Order of Merit do all get a bye through to the third round of the draw. Players sitting from 33-64 on the Order of Merit join in the action in the second round while the players ranked 65-96 on the Order of Merit start inthe first round alongside qualifiers.

UK Open Darts Betting 2018 Winner Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 10/11, Rob Cross 15/2, Gary Anderson 15/2, Peter Wright 9/1, Michael Smith 25/1, Corey Cadby 28/1, Raymond van Barneveld 28/1, Daryl Gurney 28/1, Adrian Lewis 50/1, Simon Whitlock 66/1, Dave Chisnall 66/1, 80/1 bar* (betting odds taken at 9:48 p.m. on February 27th).

Main Contenders

Naturally, it is Michael van Gerwen who is going as the outright favourite to the tune of 10/11 with Bet365* (betting odds took at 9:48 p.m. on February 27th). The Dutchman withdrew from last season’s competition but he had won the title in the two previous seasons and easily at that as well. He is probably going to be back in the thick of things at the business end of this tournament after having won the Masters already this year. Rob Cross is going to continue to confound punters. The 2018 World Champion crashed out the quarterfinals of the Masters and has been under a bit of pressure in his inaugural Premier League season. He clearly has the talent to become one of the top players in the game but you still feel that he needs more established time against the best in the world to make a run. A good draw should help him out, but still too big of a risk for the price. Gary Anderson hasn’t been running smoothly in the Premier League and really has no track record at the UK Open so again in this format he is probably going to be worth taking a pass on at the moment. Peter Wright does have a good record at the UK Open, having made it to three finals and converting on one of those occasions (2017). He did take a win over MVG in the Premier League on week 2 this season.

Other Options

Daryl Gurney, Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock are outside chances because none of them are running particularly well at the moment and will all be vulnerable if it comes down to stressful scraps in the random draw. Michael Smith did get to the fifth round at the UK Open last season but couldn’t deliver and he is probably the best dark horse in the field at the moment especially with a tremendous season in the Premier League behind him.

UK Open Darts 2018 Predictions

Michael Smith is well worth a shout after playing so well in this season's’ Premier League after it was expected to be a struggle for him. So he is on his game at the moment and represents a good each way chance with bet365 at 25/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:48 p.m. on February 27th). However, the favourite Michael van Gerwen is hard to look past. He has a great track record in the tournament and is head and shoulders the best in the business at the moment. 
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Premier League Darts 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Michael van Gerwen
The new season of the Premier League of Darts starts on February 1st and this will be the first season without the retired Phil Taylor competing. It really is no surprise that Michael van Gerwen is the outright favourite to the tune of 8/11 with new tournament sponsors Unibet* (betting odds taken January 31st at 4:04 a.m.) he has, after all, won it for the last two seasons running. Will anyone be able to challenge the Dutchman’s dominance at the long event, which rewards consistency over the course of the season?

Reigning Champion

Michael van Gerwen had a battle on his hands to defend his title last year. He was pushed all the way to the wire by Scotland’s Peter Wright in the final, the Dutchman coming out in the deciding leg. It was a cracker of a final and really lived up to the hype. Wright had six darts to win the match and blew his chances, handing MVG a lifeline which the Dutchman took. That moved Van Gerwen on to three Premier League titles, just three behind the all-time leader Phil Taylor. He’s the one to beat without question.

Premier League 2018 Darts Winner Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 8/11, Rob Cross 7/2, Gary Anderson 6/1, Peter Wright 7/1, Raymond van Barneveld 25/1, Daryl Gurney 40/1, Mensur Suljovic 33/1, Michael Smith 50/1, Gerwyn Price 100/1, Simon Whitlock 150/1

Premier League Darts Format and Dates

The same format that was used last year will be back in action this season. Each player will face each of the other eight contestants over the first nine weeks and then at that stage, the bottom two in the table will get eliminated. Week 9 is dubbed Judgement Night because that is the last chance for players to avoid relegation. Then Phase 2 of the tournament kicks in when over the following six weeks, each player will be the other seven players once. Some weeks there will be five matches played, some weeks there will be four matches. At the conclusion of that second stage of the tournament, the top four move ahead to the semi-finals which is just a straight knockout then. Week 1 - February 1st in Dublin Week 2 - February 8th in Cardiff Week 3 - February 15th in Newcastle Week 4 - February 22nd in Berlin Week 5 - March 1st in Exeter Week 6 - March 8th in Leeds Week 7 - March 15th in Nottingham Week 8 - March 22nd in Glasgow Week 9 - March 29th in Belfast (Judgement night) May 17th is Play-Offs and Finals Night hosted at The O2 Arena in London. For the first time in the history of the Premier League of Darts, there will be a round in Germany. That will be in week 4 in Berlin at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Qualification

At the conclusion of the preceding World Darts Championship, the top four on the PDC Order of Merit all got their spots at the tournament. They are joined by six wildcards, and for the first time ever they have been selected via joint decisions made by the PDC and Sky Sports. It used to be that the PDC would nominate four and Sky Sports two, this time they are working together.

Main Contenders

Michael van Gerwen is top dog in the game and after his recent Masters title, he has started the new year in positive fashion. He has been to the final in each of the last five Premier League seasons so is going to take some stopping again. The Premier League rewards those who can just churn it out week after week and Van Gerwen has proven he can do that. He lost just two matches last season on his way to winning the league and subsequently the title. Rob Cross, after beating Phil Taylor in the final of the World Championships on January 1st has raised his stock. He knocked Van Gerwen out of the semi finals of the World's too. He couldn’t get further than the quarter-final at the Masters recently in his debut there and the Premier League is pretty unforgiving. This will be the first season for Cross in the tournament and that will put him at a disadvantage and as amazing as the start of 2018 has been for him, he has a long way to go to prove his consistency. Scottish Duo Peter Wright and Gary Anderson are worth a look. Wright was runner-up last year after a superb season while Anderson made the play offs too. Anderson has won the Premier League twice before, as recently as his 2015 success when he stopped Van Gerwen in the final. He's not a bad option and he reached the semi finals of the Masters recently when MVG beat him.

Other Challengers

Raymond van Barneveld usually performs alright in the Premier League but never really look as if he is going to go all the way and win it. This will be his 13th appearance in the competitions and heads up the challengers. Gerwyn Price, Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney all make their debuts in the Premier League alongside Cross. Of them, it would probably be Suljovic and Gurney who would be able to the make the most impact, as long as Gurney can hold his mental focus week to week and not have a meltdown. However Gerwyn Price, just because he will bring extra aggression to the table week in, week out makes a decent outside shot for a top four.

Relegation

Simon Whitlock is a bit of surprise name in the Premier League this season and he is the only player at odds-on to be relegated this season. He has five previous Premier league campaigns, qualifying for the Finals Night twice. His game isn’t really there at the moment though and he, along with Michael Smith who was ill-prepared for his first Premier League campaign in 2016, winning just one game, are prime relegation fodder.

Premier League darts Relegation odds*

Simon Whitlock 4/6, Gerwyn Price 11/10, Michael Smith 5/4, Mensur Suljovic 11/4, Daryl Gurney 72, Raymond van Barneveld 5/1, Peter Wright 20/1, Gary Anderson 25/1, Rob Cross 40/1, Michael van Gerwen 150/1

Premier League 2018 Darts Predictions

It is hard to look past Michael Van Gerwen here, even though he is going into the tournament as odds-on favourite at Unibet. Really the only one who will probably have the consistent kind of stamina to take him down would be Gary Anderson. The new season is stacked with new faces which does make things pretty exciting looking forward, but this is such a difficult competition for first timers and that has been seen recently with Kim Huybrechts failing to win a single match last season and Michael Smith won just once on his debut the year before. So basically stick with the proven experience. Of the newcomers, who looks the best choice to make a run at the top four? Well, Daryl Gurney had a good year on tour in 2017 but there will be questions about his consistency. Gerwyn Price will bring a bit of pzazz to the weekly rounds through his aggression and presence, but the steadier hand of Suljovic could be the one, who, over the course of the season, gets the closest to breaking into the top four.
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PDC Masters Darts Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
So the post-Phil Taylor of the PDC begins after the darting legend bowed out following the recent World Championships. He couldn’t quite go out in glory though as he lost in the final. So now the action moves onto the Arena MK in Milton Keynes at the end of January as the 2018 Masters steps up to the oche. This will be the sixth staging of the evening by the PDC and heading back to the tournament as the reigning champion is Michael Van Gerwen. The tournament starts on January 26th and finishes on the 28th. This is a non-ranking tournament with a £200,000 prize pot, of which, £60,000 goes to the winner.

Reigning Champion

Michael van Gerwen won the title last year after holding off Gary Anderson 11-7 in the Final. That was his third Masters title on the bounce so it is little surprise that he will be going to Milton Keynes as the favourite this year as well. Mighty Mike is the 8/11 outright favourite at Unibet* (betting odds taken from January 22nd at 6:33 p.m.), who are the sponsors of the PDC event.

Qualification

There isn’t a qualification for the tournament per-se. The Master's, much like the snooker masters, is only open to the top sixteen players on the PDC Order of Merit following the current season's World Championship. Because Phil Taylor was ranked 4th but has stepped away from the game, then it moved Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts up into sixteenth place to earn an entry to the tournament.

Masters Darts 2018 Odds

Michael van Gerwen 8/11, Rob Cross 4/1, Gary Anderson 13/2, Peter Wright 8/1, Daryl Gurney 28/1, Raymond van Barneveld 33/1, Mensur Suljovic 40/1, Michael Smith 40/1, Dave Chisnall 66/1, bar 100/1

The Draw

The draw is based on seeding, so the number one seed plays the sixteen seed, second seed plays the fifteenth seed and so on. Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts Simon Whitlock v James Wade Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price Gary Anderson v Benito van de Pas Peter Wright v Alan Norris Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith Rob Cross v Ian White

Masters 2018 Seedings

Michael van Gerwen Peter Wright Rob Cross Gary Anderson Daryl Gurney Mensur Suljović Dave Chisnall Simon Whitlock James Wade Raymond van Barneveld Michael Smith Gerwyn Price Benito van de Pas Ian White Alan Norris Kim Huybrechts

Main Contenders

Looking at the draw there is going to be a huge battle in the top half because we could be set for a semi-final showdown between last year’s finalists, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. That is the heavyweight showdown if it happens and if it does, then the winner of that game will be expected to go through all the way and land the title. Of the rest of the players in the top half of the draw, James Wade is the only one who has been to the final of the Masters before, beating Mervyn King in the 2014 edition. He doesn't look a threat though. Anderson reached the quarter finals of the recent World Championship, where he was stopped by Phil Taylor while Van Gerwen was surprisingly halted in the tournament in the semi-finals when Rob Cross took him down in a deciding set. Rob Cross went on to beat Phil Taylor in the final of the World Championships which has naturally raised his stock a fair way to the point of him going in as the 4/1 second favourite at Unibet to win the event, which will be his debut. He is down in the bottom half of the draw and should be looking at the draw ahead of him with some excitement. He could have a tricky battle against Mensur Suljovic in the quarter finals and the highest ranked player he could meet at the semi-final stage would be Peter Wright who struggled at the World Championships after a health problem. The draw should put Cross into contention here really. Peter Wright was struggling with his health before the World Championship, will he have benefitted from the extra rest and will he be 100%. That’s a bit of an uncertainty about him, therefore. Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld have been the final of the Masters before but can’t really be backed with much confidence.

2018 Masters Darts Predictions

Just because of the draw really it should be either Anderson or Van Gerwen who go all the way to the title. You would expect one of them to make it through the top half of the draw really. From the bottom, Rob Cross looks the best option to get the closest to making it to the final given hesitations about the others. Still, this has been Van Gerwen’s event, so stick with the Dutchman.
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BDO World Darts Championship Betting 2018 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
After the thrill of the PDC World Darts Championship, in which darts great Phil Taylor retired from the game as runner-up, attention switches over to the BDO World Darts Championship which starts on January 6th and runs through to the 14th. The tournament will once again be going off at the famous Lakeside Country Club in Surrey and the winner will walk away with a £100,000 prize at the end of it. This will be the 41st edition of the tournament and Glen Durrant is the 5/4 favourite at Betfair to go out and defend his title.

BDO World Darts Championship Betting Odds

Glen Durrant 5/4, Danny Noppert 8/1, Scott Mitchell 12/1, Jamie Hughes 12/1, Cameron Menzies 16/1, Mark McGeeney 20/1, Scott Waites 20/1, Kyle McKinstry 33/1, Geert De Vos 33/1, Dean Reynolds 33/1, Martin Adams 33/1, Andy Baetens 40/1, bar 50/1.

BDO World Darts Championship Qualification

The top sixteen players in the BDO Rankings get the top seedings at the event. The only one of them who won’t be showing up is James Hurrell who had to withdraw and in comes Richie Edwards who was the next highest ranked player who hadn’t qualified in the first place. The following players ranked 17-24 in the BDO rankings get their places in the main draw, while the 25th and 26th ranked played have to start in the Preliminary Round. Last year’s losing finalist Danny Noppert wasn’t ranked high enough to return, but gets a place just for being last year’s finalist. Other players filling out the 32 players in the first round of the draw is made up from qualifiers.

BDO World Darts Championship Top 8 Seeds

Glen Durrant Mark McGeeney Jamie Hughes Scott Mitchell Ross Montgomery Geert de Vos Wesley Harms Cameron Menzies

BDO World Darts Championship Preview

Glen Durrant is the man to beat in the BDO, he is pretty much head and shoulders above everyone else on the circuit. He has collected more ranking titles this year and it would be a huge shock if he didn’t go all the way again. Frankly, the level of competition on the BDO has been dropping year by year and there are indications that it is further in decline. Only two players before him have actually managed to successfully defend their first ever BDO World title. They were Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld so Durrant has some pretty big shoes to try and follow as he goes into this with extra pressure depend on his shoulders. Durant went to the quarter finals of the Grand Slam of Darts back in November (a tournament featuring both PDC and BDO players) where he lost in the quarter finals to Peter Wright. Durant has won the Welsh Open, the Denmark Masters and the England Match Play this season but he hasn’t been particularly active on the circuit. Durrant gets his first game against either Gary Robson or Pengiran Mohamed in the first round. Danny Noppert, despite not being in the ranking to automatically qualify, carries form as at the start of December he won the Finder Darts Masters for his first TV title and he goes as the second favourite at the World Championshp. He has managed to avoid a bad draw and goes in the opposite half of the draw to Durrant but he could end up meeting second seed Mark McGeeney in the second round. McGeeney though has a tough old first round match as he takes on three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams. The unseeded Scott Waites has a tricky opener as well against Ross Montgomery. Montgomery had an easy win over Waites the last time that they met, but Waites will be a threat (and never a bad underdog to back) despite having had a fairly quiet 2017 season before of having taken time off for the birth of his daughter. Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion is in the same section of the draw as Montgomery/Waites as well and that looks the toughest of the lost. That will be second quarter of the draw and the winner of that quarter would likely meeting Durrant in the semi finals. The one to oppose Durrant in the opposite half of the draw is third seed Jamie Hughes who does at least carry with him a good track record at the BDO World Darts Championship. Hughes has been to the semi final in the last two editions of the tournament so at least is a proven contender able to handle the pressure anyway. He is a decent 12/1 each way punt at Betfair to have a run at the title.
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Grand Slam of Darts Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The Grand Slam of Darts is a hugely popular and much anticipated tournament because it brings together the best of the PDC and the BDO, the rival professional organisations. 2017 will be the 11th staging of the event and will once again be hosted at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. The winner will be walking off with over one-hundred grand in prize money and looking to defend his title for the second successive season is Michael van Gerwen who is trading as the odds-on favourite at William Hill to collect the title.

Qualification

The PDC puts in twenty players to the 32 man draw for the Grand Slam of Darts. Any winner of one the top thirteen ranking events across the course of the season all get a place in the Grand Slam of Darts draw. They will be joined by the runners up of any of those 13 ranking tournaments, who didn’t qualify as a winner from one of them. If that list produces less than fifteen players then the reserve list is made of winners from the European Tour and that comes into play this season with Michael Smith, who won the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on the European Tour, gets the fifteenth spot. Eight more players from the PDC get to the tournament through a qualifying event. The BDO qualifiers are a lot more straightforward. Three spots are up for grabs from the winners of the BDO World Darts Championship, the World Masters and the BDO World Trophy. If a player wins more than one of those, then the runners-up spots get opened up. The remaining spots to make up the eight will be non-qualified players from the BDO invitational Rankings.

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Draw

The Grand Slam of Darts is split into Pools for the first round of action. There are eight girls and from that, the top two players from each will move ahead to the knockout stage. The winner of Pool A will face the runner up of Pool B in the second round and vice-versa. That works through the draw with Pool C qualifiers facing a Pool D opponent and so on. All group stage matches are the best of nine legs, the second round goes up to the best of 19 legs while the final three rounds, the quarters, the semi and the Final itself are all contested over the best of 31 legs. Each of the eight seeds for the tournament will be split over the eight Pools. Each Pool consists of a seeded player, two PDC qualifiers and a BDO qualifier.

Seeds

Michael van Gerwen (1) Peter Wright (2) Gary Anderson (3) Daryl Gurney (4) Phil Taylor (5) Mensur Suljović (6) Dave Chisnall (7) Raymond van Barneveld (8)

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Winner Odds

Michael van Gerwen 4/5, Gary Anderson 11/2, Peter Wright 7/1, Phil Taylor 8/1, Rob Cross 22/1, Daryl Gurney 28/1, Mensur Suljovic 28/1, Raymond van Barneveld 40/1, Corey Cadby 50/1, Dave Chisnall 50/1, bar 66/1

Group A

Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Joe Murnan, Ross Montgomery Well, this should be a stroll in the park for top seed Michael van Gerwen who is looking for his third straight title. He recently got back to winning ways with a win at the European Championships, his first title since the Premier league darts triumph. There was some unusual slips from him such as his failure to get out of the group stage at the Champions League of Darts. This should be a much easier task ahead of him though. Rob Cross, the recent runner up to Van Gerwen at the European Championship will be favourite to follow him through.

Group B

Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Steve Lennon, Jamie Hughes This is one of the groups where the seed (van Barneveld) is probably worth opposing in the group winner outright. The man to do that would be Gerwyn Price who was runner up at the UK Open this year and hit the last sixteen of the recent European Championship. It has been a great season from the Dutchman and can therefore be taken on. Welshman Price will be out for some revenge too after losing the World Cup Final to the Dutch this year. The other two aren't likely to really challenge too much.

Group C

Phil Taylor, James Wade, Robbie Green, Peter Machin This should be a competitive group which is headed up by the seeded Taylor. With his retirement set for after the 2018 World Championship, this will be Taylor’s last appearance in this event. With such a stunning career behind him, he has, of course, won it before, six times, in fact, his most recent coming in 2014. Along with James Wade in the group, Peter Machin from the BDO is in there and will be competitive after winning the BDO World Trophy this year. Machin is the variable in this one but Wade should just about be able to handle him.

Group D

Daryl Gurney, Darren Webster, Mark Webster, Danny Noppert The rise of Daryl Gurney has been fantastic this season, having shown up well on the European Tour and winning the World Grand Prix recently, his first major televised title. He is up in the top five of the PDC Order of Merit for the first time ever and was runner up at the US Darts Masters this year. Mark Webster is a handy threat on his day, but the BDO’s Danny Noppert, who was the runner up of the BDO World Championship looks the value bet to qualify. He made a big impact on his Grand Slam debut twelve months ago in reaching the knockouts.

Group E

Peter Wright, Alan Norris, Corey Cadby, Glen Durrant This should be a pretty straightforward group. The seeded Peter Wright is the front runner and should have no trouble getting through but there will be a challenge for the top spot from the BDO’s Glen Durrant. Duzza won the 2017 BDO World Championship and the 2016 World Masters, two of the three BDO qualifying tournaments. Still, Wright has been in good form in the last couple of months and should just have enough to win it.

Group F

Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Scott Mitchell Dave Chisnall can be pretty happy with the draw which should see him sail through to the next round. He hasn’t been a major force in the game at all this season and his best effort was a runners up spot at the Shanghai Darts Masters where he was pummeled 0-8 by MVG. He has the experience to squeeze through here as well and it’s an absolute crap shoot as to who joins him.

Group G

Mensur Suljovic, Michael Smith, James Wilson, Mark McGeeney It’s been a great season for Austria’s Suljovic after his big PDC breakthrough win at the Champions League. He also had a good semi final at the World Grand Prix too this season and he shouldn’t have any problems in making it through to the next round. There’s not a great deal of challenges to come in this group for home and Smith looks the safest bet to join Suljovic in the next round.

Group H

Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, berry van Peer, Cameron Menzies A comfortable draw for third seed Anderson who has every chance of going on and winning the tournament outright. Whitlock actually produced a good solid tournament recently as he got to the final of the World Grand Prix and lost there. That was easily his best effort for the entire season so the Wizard should have qualification appeal in this group. The lack of experience from the other two in the group, Dutch youngster van Peer and debutant Menzies, should see Anderson and Whitlock through.

Grand Slam of Darts 2017 Prediction

You can kind of see who is going to be separated out into the draw and can sort of plan a route for the players. The top half of the draw is where all of the main threats are really aside from Gary Anderson and Peter Wright and that makes the two Scotsmen huge threats here. Anderson was a losing semi finalist at the Civic Centre last year. Wright was also a semi finalist last season and is carrying good form at the moment. Anderson is a 13/8 quote to reach the final, while Wright is a 3/1 poke. Anderson has appeal. Just because of recent form, Daryl Gurney is a great dark horse threat in the field. But then there is, of course, Michael van Gerwen at 4/5 odds-on favourite. What to do with him? He is the class act in the entire field and his win at the European Champions recently will have boosted his confidence. But just because he hasn’t won quite as much as he would have expected to have done lately, go and consider the 10/11 price on 'The Field' in Van Gerwen v The Field at William Hill.
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World Series of Darts Finals 2017 Betting Odds & Preview

Darts Betting
The culmination of the season-long event that is the World Series of Darts kicks into action on November 3rd and will go through to the final on the 5th of the month. After seven tournaments in the World Series of Darts hosted throughout the season, the best performers overall from those events get to book themselves a spot as a top eight seed for the tournament, which is being hosted in Glasgow. The benefit of that is that the seeds start in the second round. But this is a bigger field with 24 names in the mix in total including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, who is the only player to have ever won the tournament. That is because this is just the third edition of the PDC event and Van Gerwen won both previous finals over Peter Wright.

Qualification

Across the course of the PDC season, there are seven World Series tournaments played. It started with the Dubai Masters back in May and included the Shanghai Masters, the US Masters, the Auckland Masters, the Melbourne Masters, the Perth Masters and the German Masters. The top eight players from those seven tournaments get seeded for the World Series of Darts Finals. Making up the rest of the field then are the next four highest ranked PDC Order of Merit players, four PDC International Invitations and eight Tour Card Qualifiers who came through an event in Barnsley towards the beginning of October. The eight seeds all take a berth in the second round and therefore in the first round, the other sixteen players go through a one-match knockout to face up against one of the seeds in that second round.

World Series of Darts Finals Odds

Michael van Gerwen 10/11, Gary Anderson 9/2, Peter Wright 7/1, Rob Cross 20/1, Raymond van Barneveld 20/1, Mensur Suljovic 20/1, Daryl Gurney 20/1, bar 33/1.

Seedings

1 Gary Anderson 2 Michael van Gerwen 3 Peter Wright 4 Raymond van Barneveld 5 James Wade 6 Daryl Gurney 7 Kyle Anderson 8 Gerwyn Price

The Draw

The eight seeds for the tournament are kept apart in the second round of the draw and that is really where to start looking for the betting. The bottom half is easily the most competitive of the draw and that is because Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright are there and they would be on a for a smile final clash. But the in-form Daryl Gurney is a player that neither are going to want to meet and Rob Cross, who showed up well in the recent European Championship are in there too. The top half of the draw is where the top seed Gary Anderson is playing but he could get one of the trickier matches to open with if he faces up to Mensur Suljovic in the second round of action. Raymond Van Barneveld could clash with James Wade in the quarterfinals, but still, it is Anderson who looks the most likely to go the furthest there.

Gary Anderson

Anderson collected two World Series titles this season, opening with a win in the Dubai Masters with a victory over Michael van Gerwen and then he collected his second title in the series by winning the Perth Masters in August over Raymond van Barneveld. He missed out on the recent European Championships so should be chomping at the bit here to get into action.

Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen returned to winning ways recently in collecting the European Championship title and he needed that after some pretty poor misfires in recent tournaments by his standards. He did have quite a favourable draw though and he made the most of it, really only getting challenged by Australia's Kyle Anderson in the semi’s. Van Gerwen reached the first three finals of the World Series tournaments this season, losing against Anderson in the Dubai Masters before picking up the Shanghai Master and the US Masters back to back. He didn’t make it back to any other final for the season though in the Series. MVG is the 10/11 outright favourite at Bet365.

Peter Wright

The Scotsman has failed twice in the final of the World Series of Darts Final and must be a little frustrated.  Both times was against MVG who he must be sick of. Wright finished the World Series with a bang in crushing Phil Taylor in the final of the German Masters at the end of October so his spirits should be high. That was revenge for having lost to Taylor in the Melbourne Masters Finals. He has been in decent form for a while and hit the quarter finals of the recent European Championships.

The Rest

Daryl Gurney continues to impress this season and ran to the semi finals of the European Championships, beating Peter Wright in the quarter finals in a fantastic performance. He did also reached the final of the US Masters in the World Series where he gave Michael van Gerwen a good run for his money before falling short in the end. He’s not a bad outside shot at the moment, while Rob Cross on the back of his fantastic run at the European Championship, beating Gurney and Dave Chisnall on his way to the final, will have appeal. Unfortunately, both are in the stacked bottom half of the draw.

World Series of Darts Finals Prediction

The win at the European Championship by Van Gerwen may be an ominous sign that he could be back on top of his game and he is going to be in contention here to defend his title once more. He’s not bad value to do so. Because of how stacked the bottom half of the draw is, Gary Anderson at 9/2 with bet365 offers value to have a good run at this through the easier top half and considering his good form in the World Series 2017.
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PDC Darts European Championship Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The European Championship of Darts starts up on October 26th and runs through to the 29th. This latest edition of the tournament, which is still somewhat in its infancy as this will be just the tenth edition of it, is being contested out in Belgium with the winner walking off with £100,000 in prize money. There are some notable names missing from this line up though with Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld not taking part. That is because they either didn’t compete in the qualifying tournaments, or they didn’t do well enough in them to get to the Championships. The European Championships is a rewarding final tournament for those who have performed the best over the twelve European Tour events across the season. The top 32 players, sorted by prize money from the twelve events get to take part at the European Championships and heading up the somewhat weakened field is Michael van Gerwen who is a price of 4/5 at bet365 to win the event outright.

European Championship Darts Odds

Michael van Gerwen 4/5, Peter Wright 4/1, Daryl Gurney 16/1, Rob Cross 18/1, Mensur Suljovic 18/1, Michael Smith 25/1, Dave Chisnall 28/1, Simon Whitlock 33/1, bar 66/1

Michael van Gerwen

The big Dutchman is the market leader and with good reason because he has won the last three editions of the European Championships. Between him and Phil Taylor they have won seven of the previous nine editions of the tournament, so you would imagine that without Taylor, he should have a clear run. However, Mighty Mike has been having some performance issues in the game recently. It sort of all started after he had failed to defend his Premier League title. After that, MVG suffered a heavy loss against Phil Taylor at the World Matchplay, and then surprisingly failed to get out of the group stage at the Champions League of Darts to follow that up with, taking a heavy hit against fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld as well as suffering another loss against Taylor in that group stage. He then suffered his first first-round exit of the World Grand Prix since 2009 as he was dumped out by John Henderson. He's Not been on point, but he has tournament form.

Peter Wright

The Scotsman has had a great season, particularly on the European tour. One of his big moments this year came in the Premier League Final when he had a 7-2 lead over Van Gerwen, but couldn’t hold out as MVG came back at him. Wright missed some crucial doubles under pressure in that game. He won the UK Open this year and was runner up to Taylor at the World Matchplay too and claimed the Players Championship. Wright won five European Tour titles this season two of them against Michael Van Gerwen in the final. It’s been a great season from Snakebite and will seriously oppose Van Gerwen on the opposite side of the draw as the second seed.

Others

Mensur Suljovic after winning the Premier League in his debut season will be one of the dark horses in the field, his first success at a major TV event. He had quarter final appearances at the Masters and the World Matchplay and ran to the semi finals of the World Grand Prix as well recently. Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney will be another dark horse worth considering as he recently claimed his first ever PDC title in beating Kim Huybrechts to land the Players Championship against the odds. He can add a semi final at the UK Open and the World Matchplay as well to that.

European Championship Darts Prediction

The value appears to just be on Peter Wright to collect the title here. Michael van Gerwen has been out of sorts and therefore with an amped up Snakebite, who has done so well on the European Tour this season, chomping at the bit, the Scotsman can take this. He has already proven this season that he can get the better of the best in the game.
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PDC Darts World Grand Prix Betting 2017 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
Sunday brings around the start of the next World Grand Prix darts tournament which will now be the 20th edition of the tournament. It kicks off on the 1st and runs through to the 7th at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Heading back to the tournament as the defending champion is Michael van Gerwen who got the better of Gary Anderson in last year’s final. This tournament adds a bit of an extra pressure on the players because this is a “Double In, Double Out” event so they players need that accuracy at both ends of every leg. The winner will collect £100,000 from the £400,000 prize pot and the standards 32 man field is there with the top sixteen from the PDXC Order of Merit being joint top 16 non qualified players from the Pro Tour Order of Merit. There is no Phil Taylor competing this year. He was going as fourth seed by has withdrawn from the tournament. That was a boon for Robert Thornton (who won this in 2015), who was 17th on the PDC or Merit and therefore didn’t qualify until Taylor dropped and he filled in as the new 16th seed as everyone from 5th down moved up a spot.

PDC Darts World Grand Prix Betting

Michael van Gerwen 4/5, Gary Anderson 5/1, Peter Wright 7/1, Mensur Suljovic 22/1, Daryl Gurney 28/1, Raymond van Barneveld 33/1, Adrian Lewis 33/1, Rob Cross 33/1, Dave Chisnall 33/1, Michael Smith 40/,1 James Wade 40/1, bar 66/1

Michael Van Gerwen

He is the top seed, not unsurprisingly. But he has had a couple of misses recently with a misfire at both the World Match Play and at the Champions League of Darts. Still, he’s collected the World Darts Championships, The Masters and The Premier League Darts titles this year along with three other PDC minor finals, so it’s not been a bad year. When he’s on his game, he is unstoppable and he could face a quarter final shot against countryman Raymond van Barneveld. The two paired up to win this year's World Cup of Darts. MVG was beaten by Taylor at the World Match Play and then again in the group stage of the Champions League by The Power, which surprisingly eliminated the Dutchman who had already lost against Van Barneveld. So that quarter final showdown here, if it happens, will be cracking. Still, Mighty Mike is the outright favourite for a reason, but there have been a few cracks lately and the three times champion could be worth opposing as he has never won it back to back.

Gary Anderson

The Scotsman ran through to the final of the Champions League recently where he was surprisingly edged out in the final by Mensur Suljovic. But it was good form along the way, especially as he totally destroyed Phil Taylor in the semi finals. Anderson reached last year’s World Grand Prix final, falling to Van Gerwen there. The title has so far eluded him in his career. However, the draw is well in his favour in this one and can dominate the third quarter. The bottom half of the draw overall is much weaker than the top half and that’s the place to be. Well worth a punt on him coming through the field to win this.

Peter Wright

Looks a pretty decent wager here does Wright. He ran to the final of the World Match Play and should have beaten Gary Anderson in their final group stage match of the Champions League recently. He couldn’t check out though but you would imagine that he’s been working hard on that to rectify the situation and could come back stronger for the experience here. He remains a shot in the dark though having not even been the to final of World Grand Prix before. His big challenge could be against Suljovic in the quarters other than that, it’s not a bad draw. With Wright and Anderson down in the less-congested bottom half, Scotland at 9/4 in the Winning Nationality market at Unibet has some appeal.

Mensur Suljovic

Can the Austrian pull out another shock win? Really his victory at the Champions League was out of nowhere. Granted though he could have been helped at the semifinal stage surprisingly meeting Raymond van Barneveld instead of Van Gerwen, but he took his chance and held his nerve in the final, despite having a lesser three-dart average than his opponent Gary Anderson in the match. That was a huge triumph for him, but another big victory is hard to picture happening straight away.

Daryl Gurney

Made quite the splash this season has the Northern Irishman. With semi final appearances at theUK Open and the World Matchplay this year, along with a PDC World Championship quarter finals, he has been ramping it up a little bit. Unfortunately, he has landed a bit of a stinker of a draw though in the top half where he starts against fourth seed Adrian Lewis and could meet Chisnall or Thornton in the quarter and the Barneveld of Van Gerwen in the semi’s. A title is not too likely to happen here.

Raymond van Barneveld

He will have taken a lot of heart in having beaten Van Gerwen in the Champions League recently. There is just a lack of titles from him through which will make punters avoid him and probably rightly so. He has been to the final of the World Grand Prix before, back in 2008 and 2009 where he lost both finals against Phil Taylor.

Prediction

With MVG just a little hit and miss lately having shown some vulnerabilities, there is value in looking at Anderson or Wright from the bottom half as both had produced some decent form lately. Because of the nature of the tournament though, it would have to be Anderson to back as Wright is just a little iffy with those doubles at times.
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Unibet support darts further with sponsorship of PDC Premier League

Unibet
Bookmaker Unibet have sealed a three year deal to become the title sponsor of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Premier League. The operator is already heavily invested in supporting darts because they are already sponsors of the Unibet European Championship, the Unibet World Grand Prix, the Unibet Champions League of Darts as well as the World Series Finals and Melbourne Darts Masters. The Premier League of darts is a sixteen week tournament with weekly matches contested up and down the UK as well as in the Netherlands and Ireland. It was a groundbreaking format when it was introduced and the popularity of the event has risen exponentially and it will further broaden its appeal when it makes a stop in Berlin for the 2018 season. Unibet are going to be releasing a series of social media videos which relate to the PDC Premier League. The first one of the videos is a ‘hidden camera’ trick featuring PDC Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen and world number three Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright. Detailing Unibet’s commitment to darts, Kindred Group CCO Ebba Ljungerud stated: “Darts has been one of the fastest growing sports in our sponsorship portfolio in the UK and we are extremely excited about extending our partnership with the PDC to become the new sponsor of the Premier League. We are planning on making what we already know to be a great tournament even better. “It’s grown to become the widest-reaching event in darts and we’re looking forward to 16 exciting nights across Europe. Darts is an action-packed betting sport and we will continue to bring our best-in-class activation and offer to all the fans. “ PDC Chairman Barry Hearn backed Unibet as title sponsor of the Premier League: “We’re delighted that Unibet have furthered their association with us in their sponsorship of the Premier League for the next three years. “The Unibet Premier League will be bigger than ever in 2018, with our success in the UK, Ireland and more recently the Netherlands leading to the introduction of a league night in Berlin next year, and it promises to be a special tournament. The Premier League’s growth since 2005 has been a phenomenon in British sport and it’s another boost that Unibet were so keen to add this prestigious event to their growing darts sponsorship portfolio”.
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