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UK Open Darts 2019 Betting Predictions & Winner Odds

Darts Betting
The UK Open Darts 2019 kicks off on March 1st and this will be the 17th edition of the tournament. The arrows action will be coming from Minehead and it is a short burst of action over the weekend. The tournament draws to a close on Sunday, March 3rd. The excitement from this event is that it is just an open draw. Think the FA Cup of Darts with no seeding in place.

UK Open Darts Winner Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 5/6 Gary Anderson 8/1 Michael Smith 10/1 Peter Wright 14/1 Rob Cross 16/1 Gerwyn Price 20/1 Mensur Suljovic 20/1 Glen Durrant 25/1 Daryl Gurney 33/1 Dave Chisnall 33/1 James Wade 33/1 66/1 bar * (betting odds taken from February 28th, 2019 at 10:49 pm)

Tournament Format

In the first round it will be Amateur qualifiers, PDC Challenge Tour qualifiers and those ranked 97-128 in the PDC Order of merit playing. In the second round those ranked 65-96 on the Order of Merit join the action. In the third round comes those ranked 33-64 on the Order of Merit. In the fourth round is where the top 32 in the Order of Merit step into action. Each round is just an open draw. There is no seeding.

Defending Champion

Gary Anderson is the reigning champion. He took out Corey Cadby in last season’s final 11-7. Anderson's big match was in the quarter finals really when he beat former World Champion Rob Cross. If you look at last year’s semi final line up though of Gary Anderson, David Pallett, Robert Owen and Corey Cadby, then you can see just how unpredictable this tournament can be. Anderson is at 8/1 to land the title defence* (betting odds taken from February 28th, 2019 at 10:49 pm). This will be his first appearance back after his back injury which has caused him to miss the Premier League season.

Key contenders

Where is Michael van Gerwen? He is the obvious front runner for the event. He had a nightmare at Butlins twelve months ago though. He crashed out in the third round against Jeffrey de Zwaan in a massive upset. That was the first time that Van Gerwen had lost a televised match (on ITV) since 2014. That was a staggering run of 77 televised live matches that he had won in a row. That having been said he is a two-time winner of the tournament having taken the UK Open in 2015 and in 2016. Peter Wright, a 14/1 shot this year* (betting odds taken from February 28th, 2019 at 10:49 pm) seems to enjoy himself at this tournament. He has been to three of the last four finals. He lost to Van Gerwen in 2015 and 2016 but bounced straight back to lift the 2017 title over Gerwyn Price. So even though he has been struggling a bit for form recently, the Scotsman has been one of the more consistent contenders at the event. Rob Cross was knocking on the door last year until he ran into Gary Anderson in the quarterfinals. He could shape up well in an event like this and the other one in the same sort of ballpark is Michael Smith who is shorter in the outright winner market than Cross is. Mensur Suljovic is the type of player who can put a strong run of form together out of nowhere and is a decent contender.

Durrant enters the fray

Then there is Glen Durrant who is going to be lining up. He has earned his PDC Tour Card and he got a title in just his fourth PDC Pro Tour event. The three time BDO World Champion is carrying some form and now he is stepping it up and mixing it among the PDC ranks, he is going to be a threat. Duzza will no doubt have plenty of support at Minehead as a 25/1 shot* (betting odds taken from February 28th, 2019 at 10:49 pm). Because he hasn’t worked his way up the PDC Order of Merit, he will enter at the second round as he is currently ranked 74th.

Prediction

This is an FA Cup style tournament so you just don't know who is going to be going up against whom and at what stage. The big guns have an obvious advantage of coming in at a later round so that’s the first place to start really. Van Gerwen at odds-on is just not viable enough of an option at all, nor is Anderson who is just coming back from injury. That's too big of a risk. So it points to there being more value in the underdogs here among the likes of Cross, Smith and yes, even Durrant. Who knows. He certainly has enough fire in his belly at the moment as he proves that he belongs with and compete with, the best in the world.
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Premier League of Darts 2019 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
Michael van Gerwen will kick off the new season of the Premier League of Darts as the 1/2 odds-on favourite to lift the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm). If he does come through in May to win the competition, then it will be the fourth straight Premier League crown for him. Will it be MVG ruling the game once again after having made a powerful start to 2019?

Premier League of Darts 2019 odds*

Michael van Gerwen 1/2 Michael Smith 15/2 Rob Cross 9/1 Peter Wright 10/1 Mensur Suljovic 18/1 James Wade 25/1 Daryl Gurney 25/1 Raymond van Barneveld 40/1 Gerwyn Price 40/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm)

Format and Participants

There are no players making their debut in the Premier League this season. So all nine players entering this year have all had a taste of it before. Joining the reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in action are Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price, James Wade, Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld. The Premier League of Darts usually has ten players. This season there was a late withdrawal by two-time winner Gary Anderson because of injury. That means that for each of the nine weeks of the first phase of the regular season, a replacement player will step in. It will be a different player each week. After the first nine weeks, the bottom player of the nine will drop out. The second phase then will see the eight players play each other once. So all players get seven extra games. At the end of that, the top four in the table will move through to the Finals night in May where it is a straight knockout with two semi-finals and then the final.

Anderson replacement(s)

Scotland’s Gary Anderson won’t be taking part then. He has been replaced by nine players. They are Chris Dobey, BDO World Champion Glen Durrant, Steve Lennon, Luke Humphries, John Henderson, Nathan Aspinall, Max Hopp, Dimitri van den Berg and Jeffrey de Zwaan. Each will make one appearance. None of these will earn any points in the competition if they win (or draw). But their opponents (one of the main Premier League players) will collect any points earned against these replacement players.

Four in a row for MVG?

It has been three seasons of dominance in the Premier League by Michael van Gerwen so far. Will it continue? The Dutchman cruised past Michael Smith in last season’s final to make it a three-peat for himself. Now with Anderson, regarded as his biggest threat, out of the way, then that just further strengthened his position at the head of the market. The fact that he is at 1/2 odds-on shows just what kind of grip that he has on darts at the moment* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm). It’s been a stellar year from him already having won the World Championship on January 1st and then he just wrapped up another Masters title.

Challengers

The Premier League is a little different because of the way that it’s spread out. There’s a lot of travel involved. A lot of time between matches for things like inconsistency to creep in. It’s not like getting up ahead of steam in a competitive tournament week at all. Michael Smith is the 15/2 second favourite on the back of his great run last season* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm). That was just his second appearance in the competition after a miserable 2016 debut when he finished 10th. Former world champion Rob Cross made it through to the Final night but lost his semifinal match against Van Gerwen. But like Smith, there was a great understanding of the balance needed to compete over such a long period of time from Cross. With Cross at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm), he and Smith are the only other two players in the field other than MVG in single digits in the Premier League outright winner market.

Other Former Winners

Besides Van Gerwen, the only other two men to have won the Premier League on more than one occasion are Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson. Taylor has, of course, retired. Anderson has withdrawn from the tournament. So besides Van Gerwen, there’s little track record in the tournament of anyone else taking part this year. The only two players in the field who have won it before besides MVG is James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.

Venues

Newcastle - February 7th Glasgow - February 14th Dublin - February 21st Exeter - February 28th Aberdeen - March 7th Nottingham - March 14th Berlin - March 21st Rotterdam - March 27th/28th (Judgement Night) Belfast - April 4th Liverpool - April 11th Cardiff - April 18th Birmingham - April 25th Manchester - May 2nd Sheffield - May 9th Leeds - May 16th London - May 23rd (Finals Night)

Van Gerwen v The Field

Who basically have eight players in opposition to Michael van Gerwen, and they are termed as “The Field”. Combined they are 7/5 odds to find a way to stop Van Gerwen from winning the title again this season* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 4th, 2019 at 4:52 pm). Those are pretty remarkable odds really. Again, the fact that the Dutchman is odds-on here against the entire field sums up just what a monumental task it is going to be for someone to actually step and stop him. Especially with the form that he has shown in the last two major tournaments.

Predictions

This may not be about who wins as much as who can take some personal satisfaction in reaching the semi-finals. This is a good alternative market where we like the chances of Michael Smith and Rob Cross both getting into the picture. They both seemed to adapt really well last season, particularly Cross on his debut. The one with a bit of meat on the bone in this market is Daryl Gurney who looks like the best of the bunch to potentially fill the void that Anderson has left behind by reaching the final four.
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Darts Masters 2019 Betting – Predictions & Winner Odds

Darts Betting
Darts Masters 2019 Preview - February 1st - 3rd, 2019 The 2019 Darts Masters is the next big step on what is a busy start to the new calendar year for the sport. The Masters is a relatively new tournament in the PDC, and this will be just the seventh edition of it. Stepping back into action at Milton Keynes to defend his title will be Michael van Gerwen. Mighty Mike will start the event as the 10/3 odds-on favourite*(betting odds was taken from bet365 on January 27, 2019, at 5:40 p.m.)

Masters Darts 2019 winner odds*

Michael van Gerwen 10/11 Gary Anderson 5/1 Michael Smith 8/1 Rob Cross 9/1 Peter Wright 12/1 Mensur Suljovic 22/1 Adrian Lewis 28/1 James Wade 28/1 Gerwyn Price 30/1 Dave Chisnall 45/1 Ian White 66/1 Simon Whitlock 66/1 Darren Webster 150/1 Jonny Clayton 125/1 *(betting odds taken from bet365 on January 27, 2019, at 5:40 p.m.)

Tournament information

The 2019 Darts Masters is held in Milton Keynes and this is a short tournament with just 16 participants. Those are the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit at the conclusion of the 2019 World Championships. Three players will be entering the action at the Marshall Arena and making their debut. They are Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Johnny Clayton. The tournament itself runs from February 1 through to February 3 so it is a short tournament. The first round action is played across February 1st and 2nd. All of the quarter-finals, the semifinals and the final itself are all held on Sunday, February 3. The first two rounds are the best of 19 legs with the semifinals and final being the best of 21 legs.

Michael van Gerwen

When he enters a PDC tournament Michael van Gerwen is always the one to beat. You will always find him at the head of the betting market for any major darts event. While this is the seventh edition of the Darts Masters just three men have won the tournament before. The reason for that is that Michael van Gerwen has won each of the last four editions. Beyond him, James Wade is the only player in the field for the 2019 edition who is a previous winner of the tournament. Right at the start of the year, Michael van Gerwen picked up another World Championship title. It is not very surprising that given his track record at this tournament and his current standing in the game (along with form), that he is the outright favourite. The Masters is only a short tournament which means that van Gerwen only needs for match wins to lift the title. He’s not a man who loses very often and it’s no stretch of the imagination to picture him winning four matches in two days.

The main challengers

Is there potentially anyone in the field who can step up and take down Mighty Mike? The one player that most punters will be leading on to come through field and cause an upset will be Scotland’s Gary Anderson. Anderson has a great track record in recent major events as he has been to at least the semifinals in all but one of his last nine major tournaments entered. Anderson picked up three titles last year and is most recent appearance in the final was at the Grand Slam of Darts. The interesting thing about the 2019 Masters Darts draw is that Anderson and Van Gerwen are both in the same half of the draw. On the cards would be a massive semi-final showdown between the two. Anderson has been to the final of the Masters before, losing the 2017 final against Van Gerwen. But still, even though he has the tough draw of Van Gerwen in the way before reaching the final, it says something about the threat of the Scotsman that he is running a second favourite. There is a great rivalry between Van Gerwen and Anderson and it was the Dutchman who came out on top when they met in the semifinals of the recent World Championships.

Draw to favour Smith and cross?

Because Van Gerwen and Anderson are in the top half of the draw it does leave the draw wide-open for somebody in the bottom half to make a run at the title. The leading protagonist down in the bottom half of the draw is Michael Smith who is at 8/1 odds to win the tournament outright*(betting odds taken from bet365 on January 27, 2019, at 5:40 p.m.). The reason that Smith is trading very well in the outright winner market for the 2019 Darts Masters, is because of his impressive run at the recent World Championships. It was he who opposed Van Gerwen in the final and while Smith was unsuccessful there it was nonetheless a good run from the Englishman. While Smith is the shortest-priced option to win the tournament from the bottom half of the draw, it is Rob Cross who is the highest seed in that section. Former world champion Rob Cross is in the opposite quarter to Michael Smith in the bottom half of the draw, so they would be coming together at the semi-final stage. Cross started last year really strongly with his World Championship title and back-to-back quarter-finals at the Masters and then the UK Open. However, he bowed out early in the fourth round of this most recent world championship campaign.

Stacked bottom half

The bottom half of the draw looks like a really competitive and wide open scrap, to be honest. For example, there is a big clash between Scotland’s Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis in the first round of action at the Masters. The winner of that would potentially be going up against Michael Smith. Also in the bottom half of the table, there is James Wade who title at the European Championships last year, his first title in a major tournament since back in 2014 when he won the Masters. Wade has a proven track record at the Masters, with two quarter-finals, two semifinals and the title (along with a first-round crashing 2017) from his six previous appearances. Basically when you weight it all up you are looking at a price of 10/11 odds to oppose Michael van Gerwen by backing The Field to triumph*(betting odds taken from bet365 on January 27, 2019, at 5:40 p.m.)

Prediction

Michael van Gerwen has been unstoppable at this tournament in the last four editions. It is no stretch of the imagination to see the big Dutchman win four straight matches and get his hands on the title again. He destroyed Gary Anderson recently when they met at the World Championships and so not even the presence of the Scotsman in his half of the draw should really faze him too much. We don’t see anywhere else to go but backing MBG at 10/11 odds to win outright*(betting odds taken from bet365 on January 27, 2019, at 5:40 p.m.).
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BDO World Championship Darts Betting 2019 – Winner Odds and Predictions

Darts Betting
2019 BDO Darts World Championship Preview - January 5th to 13th, 2019 As usual, straight after the big PDC World Championships, comes the BDO World Championship Darts action. This is the 42nd edition of the famous tournament and once again it will be from the familiar setting of the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey. Glen Durrant is the one to beat as he is the two-time defending champion and he is at 11/10 to win the event for the third year on the bounce* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 3:47 pm).

2019 BDO Darts World Championship*

Glen Durrant 11/10 Michael Unterbuchner 9/1 Mark McGeeney 11/1 Scott Mitchell 16/1 Scott Waites 20/1 Dave Parletti 22/1 Kyle McKinstry 22/1 Wesley Harms 22/1 Andy Hamilton 25/1 Jim Williams 28/1 Richard Veenstra 33/1 Paul Hogan 40/1 Adam Smith-Neale 40/1 66/1 bar * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

2019 BDO Darts World Championship Preview

Glen Durrant got his hands on the title once again last year as he edged Mark McGeeney in the final 7-6. That was a dramatic conclusion to the event for Duzza who is trying to muscle his way into the PDC. He has announced that he is going to Q-School to try and get into the PDC regardless of what happens at the BDO World Championships this year. If he is set to make the move, will he go out with a bang? He has been to at least the quarterfinals in each of the last four editions of the BDO Darts World Championships. On top of his title at the Worlds last year he also claimed the BDO World Trophy and Zuiderduin Masters, while finishing runner-up to Adam Smith-Neale at the Winmau World Masters. Given his status on the BDO, he is one of the front-runners at the tournament and is in the opposite half of the draw to last year’s losing finalist McGeeney.

Gladiator looks to go further

Durrant is second seed to McGeeney's top seeding at the event and the ‘Gladiator’ came from nowhere last year to make his run to the final. That was just his third crack at the tournament and had been stopped in the second round in the two previous attempts. He has plenty of history at the Winmau World Masters though having been a losing finalist there in two of the last three years. Like Durrant McGeeney has announced that he is going to Q-School to try and have a shot at a PDC move. The field in the BDO World Championships is not as deep and talented as the PDC version is. So when you look at the outright winner odds, you quickly start to see the gaps in prices opening up. While McGeeney is top seed, he is only third favourite, with second-seed Durrant as the market leader. Sandwiched in between them is Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.)

Top Seeds

Mark McGeeney Glen Durrant Jim Williams Wesley Harms Michael Unterbuchner Scott Mitchell Gary Robson Richard Veenstra

T-Rex to go further?

Unterbacher is the fifth seed of the 2019 BDO World Championships and is up in the top half of the draw in direct opposition to McGeeney. Those two would meet in the semifinals of the draw. The draw to that final four is a little more difficult for Unterbuchner than McGeeney as he could have to deal with fourth seem Wesley Harms along the way. Still, ‘T-Rex’ made quite the splash year in reaching the semi-finals at his very first attempt. He also finished as runner-up at the BDO World Trophy. As for Harms, his performance timeline at the tournament has just been declining. Jim Williams is up as the third seed and the Welshman is in just his fourth appearance at the Lakeside. He started to pull things together really well last season as he made the quarterfinals. He was stopped in a deciding set thereby Durrant. But his performances last year were really strong as he had also taken a semi-final berth at the BDO World Trophy, the Winmau World Master and the Zuiderduin Masters too.

Predictions

Will there be a big rematch between Mark McGeeney and Glen Durrant down the line? Will both of them be a little bit distracted by the Q-School and making PDC dreams come true this year? It is an interesting scenario regardless. Durrant is the stronger of the two in terms of appeal given that McGeeney’s relative success at the tournament was a one-off last year. The same can be said of Unterbuchner after his tremendous debut last year. This is only his second crack at the tournament. After the season that he had in the big events during 2018, Jim Williams is a great-looking 28/1 each way option for the tournament* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.).
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World Darts Championship 2019 Winner Odds & Preview

Darts Betting
One of the great spectacles of sporting action over the festive period kicks up in mid-December. On December 13th, the opening arrows will be thrown in the World Darts Championship 2019. For the first time, the tournament will not be graced by the presence of legend Phil Taylor who retired from the game after last season’s Final. It leaves Michael van Gerwen as the 11/8 outright favourite as the Dutchman goes for his third World title* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm)

World Darts Championship 2019 Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 11/8 Gary Anderson 10/3 Peter Wright 10/1 Michael Smith 14/1 Rob Cross 18/1 Mensur Suljovic 20/1 Daryl Gurney 33/1 Gerwyn Price 33/1 James Wade 40/1 Raymond van Barneveld 66/1 Dimitri van den Bergh 66/1 Adrian Lewis 70/1 Simon Whitlock 80/1 Dave Chisnall 80/1 Joe Cullen 80/1 Jeffrey de Zwaan 80/1 Bar 100/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm)
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Van Gerwen leads the charge

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is just one of three players in this season’s field to have won the World Championship on more than one occasion. He has claimed the title twice with only Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis having achieved the same feat. Still, it all pales into comparison to the massive 14 World Championship titles that Phil Taylor won during his career. It is Michael van Gerwen who is leading this season’s field in World Darts Championship 2019 betting as the 11/8 favorite* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm). It’s no surprise really that Mighty Mike is the outright favourite. He is the king of the game at the moment and without question, he is the one to beat. His last World Championship title happened in 2017 as he beat Gary Anderson with ease in the final. After another strong season behind him, including titles at the Masters, Premier League, World Grand Prix and the Players Championship Finals anyone having landed in his second of the draw are going to be cursing their luck.

Gary Anderson

Scotland’s Gary Anderson, a two-time World Champion is the second favorite at 10/3 odds in the draw* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm). His steady hand is really seen as the biggest threat to the power of MVG in the game, with regards to titles. Anderson has been to three of the last four World Championship finals, earning the title in 2015 and in 2016. Anderson has been to at least the quarter finals in six of his last eight appearances at the World Championships, so has every right to be expecting to be at the business end of events as well this time around. Anderson will be looking to add to his 2018 World Matchplay, Champions League of Darts and Grand Slam of Darts titles this year.

Rob Cross

The defending World Champion is Rob Cross who produced a stunning run last year at the Alexandra Palace. He came out of nowhere to claim the title. He had survived two match darts early in the tournament against Michael Smith and then he somehow managed to survive six match darts against MVG in the semi finals. That was some let off for Cross and totally uncharacteristic from Van Gerwen. But Cross stuck in there and took his chance. He then tore apart Phil Taylor’s dreams of retiring from the game in the best possible fashion. Cross beat Taylor 7-2 in a lopsided final which again, was totally against the odds. He is going to have a big challenge on his hands to defend as he is out at 18/1 odds* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm).

First Quarter

The draw is fascinating in the first quarter. This is where top seed Michael van Gerwen is, but there are some other big names in that section who are going to be falling by the wayside. Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock and James Wade are all in the same quarter as Van Gerwen. So if Van Gerwen wins the quarter as expected, that’s a lot of collateral damage he has caused along the way. Van Gerwen is 4/11 odds on to win the first quarter* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm)

Second Quarter

Gary Anderson is heading up the second quarter and that, of course, means that he would be on a collision course for a mighty semi-final showdown against Van Gerwen if they both get that far. Anderson can be pretty pleased with his draw as there’s no-one on his side of the section which looks likely to stop his easing to the quarter finals. Opposing him from the other half are fifth seed Daryl Gurney and 12th seed Dave Chisnall. Anderson is 1/2 odds on to win the second section* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm)

Third Quarter

Here is where things get interesting because of MVG and Anderson in the top half of the draw. Heading up the bottom section is Rob Cross who is actually only the third favorite to win the third quarter. It is Michael Smith who is the 5/2 favorite* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm) to progress from the third section and Austria’s Mensur Suljovic is a shorter price than the defending champion to win this section as well. This is a good competitive section really. There is no better outsider than Suljovic who has had a really strong season and while Smith doesn’t have a track record at the World Championship, he’s a dangerous floater.

Fourth Quarter

The set up for the draw has left things fairly wide open for third seed Peter Wright. While his form perhaps doesn’t suggest that he is a serious contender to go all the way and win the title for the first time in his career, he is at even money to top the fourth quarter* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm). The quarter actually looks easy and the fact that "Snakebite" isn’t at odds-on to win the fourth quarter says a lot about his overall chances. The biggest opposition really to Wright is sixth seed Gerwyn Price who would be a potential quarter-final opponent.

Female Presence

Lining up in the draw will be England’s Lisa Ashton and Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova. The latter goes up against Ryan Joyce in the first round and would face up to 8th seed Simon Whitlock if she was to prevail there. That’s up in the first quarter which his headed up by Michael van Gerwen. Lisa Ashton will take on Jan Dekker in the first round and the prize for that is getting through to the second round to face 19th seed, Mervyn King. That’s in the fourth quarter and it puts Ashes on a potential collision course with Peter Wright in the fourth round.

Predictions

Cross became the 10th player to win the World Championship of Darts at the first attempt and you can take 5/2 odds on there being a first-time winner this go-around* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm). The fact that there could be that Anderson v Van Gerwen semi-final showdown is fascinating as it opens the door for someone from the bottom half of the table. We like Mensur Suljovic as “The Gentle” has had plenty of success in reaching finals of tournaments this season and he is at 7/1 to Reach The Final* (betting odds taken on December 11th, 2018 at 3:10 pm). As for the winner, we are going to oppose the favorite and sit with Anderson as the value option to come through and take the title. It really is a toss-up between him and MVG from the outset but of the two, it is the Scotsman who has the more favourable draw overall with less standing in his path ahead of a semi-final berth.
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Grand Slam of Darts Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
Glam Slam of Darts 2018 Preview - November 10th-18th The twelfth edition of the Grand Slam of Darts begins on Saturday, November 10th. The annual event is held in Wolverhampton. This tournament is for players who have won qualifying tournaments throughout the course of the past twelve months, so it is pretty much a Champions event. It is excitedly, one of the few darts tournaments which go under a different form to a straight knockout as there is an opening group stage.

Grand Slam of Darts Odds

Michael van Gerwen 10/11 Gary Anderson 5/1 Peter Wright 9/1 Rob Cross 12/1 Mensur Suljovic 18/1 James Wade 20/1 Michael Smith 22/1 Glen Durrant 33/1 40/1 bar * (betting odds taken on November 8th, 2018 at 8:16 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Reigning Champion

Michael van Gerwen is the title holder at the Grand Slam of Darts who has claimed the title in each of the last three seasons actually. He took out Peter Wright in last season’s final and without any surprise whatsoever he is the 10/11 outright favourite* (betting odds taken on November 9th, 2018 at 12:20 pm). The thing really is that because of the group stage format, that should just increase his chances of going far because it eliminates some of the aspects of a one-off upset in a match. His current form isn’t all that bad either having won the World Grand Prix and the PDC European Darts Trophy last month. He did have a bit of upsets in only reaching the last sixteen of the European Championship and then the quarter of the World Series of Darts though.

Challengers

Completely out of the blue James Wade has burst onto the scene with a hot hand of form. He has won the European Championship and followed it straight up with a win at the World Series of Darts as well. So that’s a couple of big back to back successes. That hasn't helped him be anything more than 20/1 outsider* (betting odds taken on November 9th, 2018 at 12:20 pm) for this event though. His confidence should be on point though. He did get to the 2016 Final where he lost to Van Gerwen. That was his second appearances in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts after losing to Scott Waites in 2011. Each way bet? Peter Wright consistently is a short-priced option in fields, but for many punters looking at him, it is going to be too long of a while since he has taken a title win. He is at 9/1 odds for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts* (betting odds taken on November 9th, 2018 at 12:20 pm) but that’s probably an unappealing price for a lot of punters to look at. Gary Anderson is going to be seen as being the main threat to MVG in this one, although the Scotsman’s recent finishes have been disappointing such as his last sixteen at the World Series of Darts. Anderson did take a win at the Champions League of Darts back at the end of September and of the field, is the most likely to come through if it is not going to be MVG. Reigning World Champion Rob Cross is a decent 12/1 shot* (betting odds taken on November 9th, 2018 at 12:20 pm) for the tournament and he is pretty consistent when it comes to the bigger tournament and can generally be relied upon to at least get to the final eight. The upset king Mensur Suljovic will probably appeal as each way option as he is capable just now and then of pulling magic out of his hat.

Group Stage

There are eight groups of four players at the tournament. The format is simple with the top two from each of the groups moving through to a knockout stage. You can plan a route as well because it will be the qualified players from Group A taking on the qualified players from Group B in the second round, then C v D, E v F and G v H. Group A: Michael van Gerwen (1), Jonny Clayton, Joe Murnan, Gary Robson Group B: Michael Smith (8), Raymond van Barneveld, Krysztof Ratajkowski, Adam Smith-Neale Group C: James Wade (5), Keegan Brown, Mark Webster, Wesley Harms Group D: Gary Anderson (4), Ian White's, Steve Hine, Michael Unterbuchner Group E: Peter Wright (2), Max Hopp, Josh Payne, Jim Williams Group F: Simon Whitlock (7), Gerwyn Price, Andre Gilding, Glen Durrant Group G: Mensur Suljovic (6), Stephen Bunting, Martin Schindler, Scott Mitchell Group H: Rob Cross (3), Dimitri van de Bergh, Ryan Searle, Mark McGeeney

Predictions

Taking a look at the draw it would potentially be a semi-final showdown between Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. That would be some heavyweight clash and the winner of that fixture would likely then be the favourite to go on and win the event outright. Anderson holds a W17 L35 career record against MVG. We can’t go against Van Gerwen with his recent track record at this event so another title for Mighty Mike is our prediction. So it is worth having a look down in the bottom half to see who could come through the field. Peter Wright is the top seed down there but is worth a pass. So we can look towards Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic to perhaps pull something out and they aren’t a bad option to end up meeting in the quarter finals, to be honest. They are both decent enough each way value options to consider with which to oppose MVG.
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PDC Darts European Championship Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
PDC Darts European Championship Preview - October 25th - 28th , 2018 There is plenty of darts betting action being rattled off over the next few days with the 2018 European Championships taking place in Germany. This is a tournament for the top players from the thirteen European tour events to go up against each other. The tournament runs from October 25th to the 28th. The reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is the 8/11 odds favourite* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:50 pm) to get his hands back on the crown.

PDC Darts European Championship Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 8/11 Mensur Suljovic 7/1 Peter Wright 9/1 Rob Cross 9/1 Michael Smith 16/1 Daryl Gurney 16/1 James Wade 22/1 Adrian Lewis 33/1 Gerwyn Price 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds was taken from William Hill on October 25th, 2018 at 10:50 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="william-hill"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

The Draw

The top 32 players on the European Tour Order of Merit all get their places at the tournament. That Order of Merit is based on prize money won across the thirteen European tour events. The draw is set up as a fixed bracket with 1st seed playing 32nd, 2nd seed playing 31st, 3rd seed playing 30th and so on. It is a straight knockout format

Van Gerwen the favourite

Michael Van Gerwen is the clear favourite to get his hands on the title. He has won it in each of the last four years so why expect anything to change? He has been in good form lately with wins at the World Grand Prix and the PDC European Darts Trophy he has come back into good form. Even though there's not much meat on the bone, 8/11 odds on Van Gerwen are hard to oppose* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:50 pm) . Peter Wright could be an interesting factor in the field and that is because he is in Van Gerwen's quarter. He recently lost the final of the World Grand Prix against MVG and the last significant tournament win for him was at the Melbourne Masters back in August. Probably hasn’t got the beating of Van Gerwen at the moment, and he would have to get past Simon Whitlock too. Whitlock is 8th seed (Wright is 9th) and Australia's Whitlock has a bit of history at the tournament. He was the winner of the 2012 title and he followed that up by reaching the 2013 final as well where he lost to Adrian Lewis. Still, you get the feeling that you may just have to write everyone off in Van Gerwen’s quarter. Rob Cross last won a title at the Brisbane Masters back in August and he and Michael Smith are in the second quarter which puts them in the direct path of opposition to Van Gerwen at the semi-final stage.

The bottom half of the draw

Avoiding the top half of the draw completely because of MVG where is the value in the bottom half? Second seed Mensur Suljovic is a great option to have a decent run at the tournament, but at 7/1 odds to win outright* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:50 pm) that’s not worth biting on really. The bottom half of the table looks really weak compared to the top half. You have Gerwyn Price as the third seed down there and it’s hard to put any stock into the Welshman making a deep run. 14th seed Adrian Lewis doesn't have any form behind him, despite being a previous winner of the tournament. So the best option may be to have a look at Daryl Gurney who is a more appealing 16/1 each way odds option* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:50 pm). The Northern Ireland darter recently went to the semis of the World Grand Prix and the quarters of the PDC European Darts Trophy. He hasn’t won a title for a long time, but still, at each way that’s backing him really just to win his semi final match.

Predictions

It just looks as if it is going to be one of those tournaments where opposing the favourite is going to be hard to do. We can’t really find much justification to do so, even though Van Gerwen could face some tricky matches along the way. The Dutchman is back in form, has the tournament history and looks a banker.
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PDC Darts World Grand Prix Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The 21st edition of the World Grand Prix of Darts kicks off on September 30th, 2018. The tournament runs through to October 6th in Dublin. This is one of the unique events on the PDC calendar which runs on a “double in, double out” format. Heading back to defend his World Grand Prix title is Daryl Gurney who was a surprise winner twelve months ago and he is a big 33/1 odds outsider to go and pull off a repeat* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 6:00 pm).

World Grand Prix Darts Odds*

Michael van Gerwen even money Gary Anderson 7/1 Peter Wright 8/1 Rob Cross 15/2 Mensur Suljovic 20/1 Michael Smith 28/1 Daryl Gurney 33/1 Adrian Lewis 40/1 Ian White 45/1 Joe Cullen 45/1 Raymond van Barneveld 50/1 James Wade 50/1 * (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on September 28th, 2018 at 6:00 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="ladbrokes"]

Qualification

The top sixteen on the PDC Order of Merit all automatically get their places in the tournament and the top eight of those will be seeded. The other sixteen places in the 32-man field are made up of the top 16 non-qualifiers players from the Pro Tour Order of Merit.

Top Eight Seeds

Michael van Gerwen Peter Wright Rob Cross Gary Anderson Daryl Gurney Mensur Suljovic Simon Whitlock Dave Chisnall

The Main Contenders

Naturally, the World Number One Michael van Gerwen is going to be in the mix as a front runner for the tournament and the Dutchman is at even money* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 6:00 pm). We have seen him enter a tournament at shorter odds than that. But because his winning output hasn’t been quite as high recently, he is going at a bit more value than usual. But suddenly the likes of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright look big threats. Van Gerwen suffered a loss in the recent semi-final clash against Peter Wright at the Champions League of Darts. Although he did win his pool in the first stage, there was a loss in there as well as the eventual tournament winner Gary Anderson beat him in the round robin format as well. Surprisingly Van Gerwen has won just one of his last five tournaments entered and just two since his European Matchplay success back in August.

Oppose MVG again

So it is well worth looking beyond MVG and digging into the field. Gary Anderson, the Champions League winner is obviously going to be high in confidence. The only thing is that he hasn’t won this tournament before. He reached 2016 final and was denied there by Michael van Gerwen. That is Anderson's only appearance in the final of the World Grand Prix. The success at the Champions League of Darts was Anderson’s first win since his World Match Play success. But add on top the UK Open title as well and it’s been a decent return from him over the second half of the season. He took out fellow Scotsman Peter Wright in the final of the Champions League. So with his win over Van Gerwen in the group stage of the tournament, Anderson is a pretty decent price at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 6:00 pm). Peter Wright is the other big threat in the field at the moment on current form. He will be trying to close in on his first-ever World Grand Prix final. In the recent Champions League, he finished second in his group to Mensur Suljovic, a group which 'Snakebite' was favourite to win. He responded in tremendous fashion though in edging a tight and stressful contest against Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, before missing out in the final to Anderson.

The Chasing Pack

Rob Cross leads the chasing pack but looked a little off his game at the recent Champions League. He bombed badly in the first round of last season’s World Grand Prix as well. Austria’s Mensur Suljovic looks to be the best fit as an outside chance and he is at 20/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 28th, 2018 at 6:00 pm). That would be nothing more than an each-way option of course. But Suljovic had a great time of things last season at this event, making it through to the final four.

Predictions

Right at the moment, it is Anderson who is the strongest in terms of form. He is likely to have the edge across the tournament over Wright when it comes to the aspect of hitting the doubles with enough regularity and accuracy. The way the draw is set up is that Anderson and Van Gerwen will meet at the semi-final stage. Of the two it would have to be back Anderson who shades the betting. We are looking at the 4/6 odds on the No option on a Previous Winner getting the title again. Given that none of the likes of Anderson, Wright, Daryl Gurney or Mensur Suljovic has managed to get the title before, largely because Phil Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen have won so many World Grand Prix titles between them, we are opposing the big previous winner in MVG.
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2018 Champions League of Darts Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
The 2018 Champions League of Darts is being played over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd and this is the 3rd edition of the event. It is being hosted down in Brighton and this is just an eight-man tournament. The qualifiers are the top seven in the current PDC Order of Merit along with the reigning champion. The reigning champion is Mensur Suljovic who took a fantastic win over Gary Anderson 11-9 twelve months ago. It is a little surprise though that it is Michael van Gerwen who is the outright right favourite at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken from 9:03 pm on September 19th, 2018).

Champions League of Darts Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 5/6 Gary Anderson 4/1 Rob Cross 6/1 Peter Wright 15/2 Mensur Suljovic 12/1 Dave Chisnall 33/1 Daryl Gurney 40/1 Simon Whitlock 66/1 * (betting odds taken from Betfred at 9:03 pm on September 19th, 2018)

Format

The tournament is split into two groups of four in a round-robin format. The top two players from each of those groups then go through to the semi-finals.

Group A

Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney and Dave Chisnall The heavyweight clash in Group A is clearly going to be between Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. These two have both been losing finalists in the Champions League of Darts, van Gerwen going down against Phil Taylor in 2016 and Gary Anderson last year. Van Gerwen won the German Darts Championship at the start of the month, his first title since the Auckland Masters at the beginning of August. Those are his only two titles since his PD Europa Matchplay success at the start of July. Anderson hasn’t got a title since his World Matchplay success in July and has been struggling a bit lately to really make a big impact. That is just why we have to stick with Van Gerwen at 4/11 odds with Betfred* (betting odds taken from 9:03 pm on September 19th, 2018) although there’s not a great deal of value in that. Pushing for a straight forecast with Anderson following him through could therefore appeal.

Group B

Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Mensur Suljovic, Simon Whitlock. Not many would have backed Veteran Suljovic to come through last season’s field at a 40/1 chancer at the start of the tournament. That was a huge underdog success for the Austrian. We like Peter Wright for the group win in Group B not only because he is going into the tournament as the second seed, but he seems to have found his groove against after a tricky period. 'Snake Bite' has been pretty consistent since August. Rob Cross has been churning out results but tournament wins have been hard to come by for him. His only success for some time was a victory at the recent Brisbane Masters which is enough for us to warrant backing him to come through the group along with Wright. Simon Whitlock did alright in the Premier League this season but isn’t a major threat and Suljovic is going to find life hard in backing up his success from last season.

Predictions

We are going to go and Back The Field at 10/11 odds with Betfred* (betting odds taken from 9:03 pm on September 19th, 2018) for our Champions League of Darts predictions. That is because Mighty Mike hasn’t quite looked as sharp as he usually is, and we see enough in the challenges of the likes of Anderson and Wright to throw down a serious enough challenge to him.  
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PDC Darts World Matchplay Betting 2018 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Darts Betting
PDC Darts World Matchplay Betting Preview - July 21-29, 2018 It is big darts betting time with the arrival of the 2018 World Matchplay from Blackpool and this year’s edition of the famous tournament will actually create a bit of history as well. This is the first time that the competition has not had Phil Taylor in the draw. He was there right from the very start when the tournament was introduced in 1994 and The Power really made this one his own. The Winter Gardens in Blackpool was like home to him and Taylor appeared in seventeen World Matchplay Finals, winning all but one of them. He bowed out on such a high twelve months ago at the World Matchplay as he took out Peter Wright in emphatic fashion when he beat the Scotsman 18-8 in the Final. So now with Taylor having retired, the other players in the field will actually fancy their chances of winning this.

World Matchplay Darts Winners Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 8/11 Rob Cross 7/1 Gary Anderson 13/2 Peter Wright 9/1 Mensur Suljovic 28/1 James Wade 33/1 Michael Smith 33/1 Daryl Gurney 33/1 Adrian Lewis 33/1 Raymond van Barneveld 33/1 Simon Whitlock 80/1 Ian White 80/1 Dave Chisnall 80/1 Bar 100/1 * (betting odds taken from July 16th, 2018 at 8:13 pm) Michael Van Gerwen, who has won two of the last three editions is the 8/11 odds-on favourite* (betting odds taken from July 16th, 2018 at 8:13 pm) which is to be fully expected. Mighty Mike is the one to beat at any tournament, but for some reason, the World Matchplay is prone to throwing up a surprise or two, perhaps more so than any other event. There are no sets at the World Matchplay, it is just a straight race to a certain number of legs, depending on the round of competition. The Green Machine is such a rapid, heavy scorer that this is a tournament made for him and really the only way to go again him is backing The Field at 10/11 with Betfred* (betting odds taken from July 16th, 2018 at 8:13 pm). He is a former champion here but was stopped in the quarter finals last year by Phil Taylor. Other than Van Gerwen it is hard to pick anyone else out of the field and when you look at the price that is on the second favourite Rob Cross you get the feeling that you are going to have to dig around. The Quarter betting markets are quite popular and while we will skip the first one with Van Gerwen heading it up (which is bad news for Michael Smith who is there) the second quarter is pretty interesting. You have the improving Daryl Gurney in there who could be on a collision course with either Raymond van Barneveld or Gary Anderson. Out of the three of them, Van Barneveld brings up the rear in terms of options, so Gurney or Anderson? We are going with Gurney for the bigger price of 9/2* (betting odds taken from July 16th, 2018 at 8:13 pm) to oppose Anderson. The third quarter provides an opportunity to challenge the favourite as well because that favourite is Peter Wright. The Scotsman hasn’t quite looked at his best for some time, not with the darts in his hand nor his temperament. So it’s worth having a look past last season’s runners-up The trouble is that there is not a great deal to oppose him with. Simon Whitlock, who did better in the Premier League than expected is there but is just too big of a risk. So it leaves James Wade a former winner of this event, who have put some better results behind him lately as the main challenger. There is also Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts a potential banana skin for Wright in the second round. The 4th quarter has Rob Cross at 10/11 to take the section* (betting odds taken from July 16th, 2018 at 8:13 pm) over the main challenger of Mensur Suljovic. We are actually going to go with the favouritism in this one as Cross did well in getting to the semi finals of the Premier League this season where he was stopped by Van Gerwen. We don’t see enough in the section to trip him up.

World Matchplay Darts predictions

There is always a great atmosphere at the Winter Gardens for the World Matchplay darts and without Taylor there, we can only look at Van Gerwen who is the only other man since 2008 to get his hands on the title. He has been to three of the last four finals there, winning two, but we are backing The Field against him as our main World Matchplay darts 2018 prediction. The main contender that we can see is from the opposite half of the draw at that is Rob Cross. He has been so consistent in recent major tournaments that we can see “Voltage” having a good tournament and another one would be Daryl Gurney who seems to have things together pretty well at the moment. Can the field come up with a way to stop Van Gerwen? We are taking the chance it doing so.
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2018 US Masters Darts Winner Odds & Prediction

Darts Betting
2018 US Masters Darts Preview - July 6th, 2018 We have some darts action to dig into this weekend as the US Masters takes place in Las Vegas, starting on Friday. Michael van Gerwen is the reigning champion and it will be a surprise to absolutely nobody that he is the outright favourite at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken from July 5th, 2018 at 7:05 pm) to get his hands back on the title at the Mandalay Bay. The US Masters is a new thing on the circuit and this is just the second edition. It is just a sixteen man tournament with the top eight from the PDC heading out across the pond to take on the top eight North American players. The event starts on July 6 and finishes the next day, so it is a short burst of action over four rounds.

PDC Representatives

Michael van Gerwen (1st seed) Peter Wright (2nd seed) Rob Cross (3rd seed) Gary Anderson (4th seed) Daryl Gurney Gerwyn Price Michael Smith James Wade So there is a great crop of players from the PDC heading over and it would be a shock if it wasn't a PDC player winning this. Again, that seems to solely rest on the shoulders of Michael van Gerwen. The top four seeds each go into a separate section of the draw and then the rest of the first round places are just from a random draw. The North American representatives are made up of four qualifiers and the top four from the North American Order of Merit. In last year’s edition, six of the eight North American players fell at the first hurdle with only Dawson Murschell and Dave Richardson (both of which are back for this edition) making the quarter-final stage before tumbling.

US Masters Darts Winner Odds*

Michael van Gerwen 4/7 Gary Anderson 11/2 Rob Cross 6/1 Peter Wright 7/1 Daryl Gurney 22/1 James Wade 40/1 Gerwyn Price 50/1 Michael Smith 125/1 Dawson Murschell 150/1 Bar 300/1

US Masters 2018 Darts Prediction

It is a short tournament and it is not exactly hard to see Michael van Gerwen winning four matches on the bounce to collect the title. Aside from the odd blip here and there like in the Danish Open, he is pretty much unstoppable. His fast-paced heavy scores just overwhelm opponents and there’s not likely to be anything to stop him in this one. Back MVG outright.
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World Cup of Darts 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions – 31st May, 2018

Darts Betting
There was a somewhat predictable outcome to the 2018 Premier League Darts season, with Michael van Gerwen taking the title once again. That was his third straight title in the tournament and adds to his 2018 Masters success. The next big event on the darts calendar is a team event with the World Cup of Darts starting on May 31, 2018. The event runs through to June 3rd. This is where each nation taking part in the competition has two players representing and Michael van Gerwen is the current reigning champion along with his teammate Raymond van Barneveld for the Netherlands. Twelve months ago the Netherlands beat Wales in the final four, in what was their second success in the tournament for that particular pairing.

Dutch Retain Favouritism

The Netherlands once again are being represented by Van Gerwen and Barneveld and once again are going as favourites to defend their title. They are 10/11 oddson favourites at Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken at 2:16 a.m. on May 21st, 2018) to get their hands on the title once again. Frankly, it is just so difficult to look past them winning the title, and really you will be best served getting as early of a decent price as you get on them. Once the tournament kicks off then their price will get trimmed rapidly. The Netherlands start down in the bottom half of the draw and they are actually only third seeds which means that they could potentially bump into second seeds England and that would only happen at the semi-final stage. The Netherlands may also have to get past the host nation Germany along the way which could be tricky with the home support heavily behind pairing Max Hopp and Martin Schindler. With the great Phil Taylor having hung up his darts, then England are being represented by reigning world champion Rob Cross and David Chisnall. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look strong enough preparing to challenge for the title. Had Michael Smith, who lost in the Premier league final recently to Van Gerwen, was the one partnering Cross then they would have looked a lot stronger of a proposition. Scotland have Peter Wright and Gary Anderson going for them and they were supposed to be in the picture for the title last year, but they suffered the biggest shock in the history of the World Cup by losing to Singapore in the first round. That will have hurt them but it gives good motivation to come out stronger and not be complacent this time around. Scotland are at the top seeds for the 2018 World Cup of Darts where they are trading at 11/4 odds with Ladbrokes* (betting odds taken at 2:16 a.m. on May 21st, 2018).

Dark Horse Threats

The sensible thing to do for World Cup of Darts 2018 betting if you are looking for a dark horse, is basically just look past any other option from the bottom half of the draw because of the presence of the Netherlands. So if you cast an eye over the top half of the draw then you will see the main dark horse threats being Wales and Australia. Welsh duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton had a comfortable run in the last edition, beating Finland, Ireland, Russia and then Belgium in the semifinals. Wales did also makes the Netherlands work hard in the final. But the form of Gerwyn Price in the Premier League darts this season was poor and that could hinder them. As for Australia it is generally hard to put a lot of stock into Simon Whitlock although the Wizard had a pretty decent Premier League campaign after being touted as dead cert pretty much for relegation. He partners up with the solid and reliable Kyle Anderson who can be a tricky opponent. Australia are trading at 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 2:16 a.m. on May 21st, 2018) in the World Cup of darts 2018 outright winner market, with Wales hovering at 20/1 odds. That looks to be a fair representation but still, with the power of the Netherlands the Aussies would be nothing more than an optimistic each way bet.

Predictions

It’s the Netherlands all the way. Michael van Gerwen is in form and he and Barneveld just team up so well together, they really complement each other. It is hard to see anyone getting the better of them and while the most serious threat to them in a one-on-one situation is Scotland there will be trepidation about backing them after last season’s disaster. England doesn’t look strong enough to compete so putting all that together, the best each way outsider is Australia to come through the top half of the draw and make the Final.
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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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