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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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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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