Michael Van Gerwen Wins Again

Another week, another title for Michael van Gerwen!

This time, it was a European Tour title – his second of 2017. He beat Mensur Suljovic in the final of the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg.

Van Gerwen’s Hamburg heroics

Opening with a 136 checkout to capitalise on Suljovic’s missed double 10 in the first leg, Mighty Mike never looked like faltering from there on.

In fairness, Suljovic started well enough himself, holding his throws until the fourth leg when the Dutch world champion broke by way of a 180 (his second) and a 25 checkout to move 3-1 ahead.

A third 180 allowed the Dutchman to further pull away a set later before Suljovic clawed a leg back. This proved futile. A 75 checkout in the final leg gave MVG his 16th European Tour title and the £25,000 top prize.

Earlier in the run, van Gerwen had dismissed Mervyn King in a 6-3 victory, landed a 5-0 win over Peter Hudson and eliminated Michael Smith to make it to the final.

The European Tour continues in a fortnight with the Austrian Darts Open in Vienna.

World Championship betting tips

As we reach the halfway point of the year and with no event this week, now seems as good as a time as any to take a quick look at the ante-post betting for December’s World Championship.

Michael Van Gerwen the obvious favourite

Unsurprisingly, MVG is the man to beat, something nobody has managed to do for a while now as he has racked up a pair of World Championship wins.

Since then he has remained pretty much invincible landing the Darts Premier League and, in partnership with Raymond van Barneveld, the Darts World Cup.

At 4/6 with both SkyBet and Betway and 8/15 at Bet365, even at this early stage there is no value on the Dutch master.

Is Anderson made of the Wright stuff?

Gary Anderson is a best price of 6/1 with SkyBet but it has been awhile now since he looked MVG’s closest challenger.

For our money, that title has gone to Anderson’s countryman Peter “Snakebite” Wright. As frustrating a player as he can be, has at least maintained some momentum in being this season’s bridesmaid. He finally landed his first televised PDC win back in March, when he claimed the UK Open.

Snakebite can be backed at 6/1 with both Betway and SkyBet and with each way bets paying a quarter of the odds, looks as good a bet as any to make money on, paying out at just over even money.

He’s got The Power

What about one last shot at glory for Phil “The Power” Taylor?

The legend will bow out from the game that he has served so well in January, when the Championships are over and will likely move onto the veteran’s tour or Sky punditry.

A win for The Power is an unlikely shot, but one which will appeal to arrow romantics and worth 18/1 with Betway.

Other World Championship contenders

The same sportsbook is offering 22/1 for Adrian Lewis – quite unlikely at first glance, but he has won twice at the Ally Pally before so shouldn’t be dismissed for nothing, however horrible his 2017 form has been.

Bet365’s 33/1 on Dave Chisnall has been matched by SkyBet for those interested, while Betway are laying 40 on James Wade.

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Double Dutch Darts World Cup Title For Michael Van Gerwen And Barney

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld led The Netherlands to their third World Cup of Darts title last weekend after they saw off the challenge from Welsh pair Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster in Sunday’s 3-1 final win in Frankfurt, Germany.

World Cup of Darts: how it happened

On route to the final the Dutch pair, second favourites to Scotland, faced the Czech Republic, USA and Germany before seeing off England’s pairing of Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals.

Scots surprised

Scotland were shot out early in a massive shock loss to Singapore, a match that the Scottish pair Gary Anderson and Peter Wright were 1/20 to win; for a team made up out of two out of the world’s top three players, this was hugely disappointing for everyone except the bookmakers.

As top seeds, their 5-2 defeat at the hands of Paul Lim and Harith Lim provided the game with by far its biggest upset of the season so far.

Welsh dragon flies high

Beaten finalists Wales were the best-represented home nation having won against the Republic of Ireland in a first round 2-0 before repeating the score against both Russia in the quarter-finals and Belgium a round later in the semis.

Gerwyn Price, incidentally, will now take Adrian Lewis’ place in the World Series of Darts events in Shanghai and Las Vegas next month as “Jackpot” chooses to remain at home with his wife who is expecting a baby this summer.

Dutch dragon slayers

UK Open finalist Price, whose professional career is definitely on the rise, was crushed in the opening round against the Dutch as MVG ran out a 4-0 whitewash against the 32-year old Welshman.

Wales immediately drew back level though as Mark Webster beat Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 but from then on fell behind to an all-too-powerful Dutch display. Barney and Mike won the remaining legs to mark a 3-1 victory and crown themselves champions.

Upcoming darts: betting tips

Up next, there is the European Tour’s ninth leg which begins in Hamburg this Friday and for which there is a smattering of bets available.

All of said bets are with Bet365, as SkyBet and Betway chose to sit this one out.

It’s a quiet week and these odds are all outright winner prices, such as the 4/6 available on Michael van Gerwen and 7/2 for Peter “Snakebite” Wright.

The likes of Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson will not be in attendance, meaning Dave Chisnall is next in the betting at 16/1 ahead of Adrian Lewis at 25/1 and James Wade who, at 33/1, is worth an outside each-way punt.

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