PDC Players Championship Finals 2021 Betting Tips

PDC Players Championship Finals 2021 Betting Tips

The stars of the PDC are off to Butlin’s Minehead this weekend for the 2021 renewal of the Players Championship Finals in what is the player’s last chance to win a piece of silverware before next month’s Darts World Championship, which gets underway on Wednesday December the 15th.

The £500,000 three-day event features the top 64 players from the 2021 Players Championship Order of Merit and is thankfully back at its traditional home after being staged behind closed doors in Coventry at the Micoh Arena in 2020.

Returning champ, Michael van Gerwen is looking to win the title for the seventh time and third in a row, but it is world number one Gerwyn Price who will rightfully be the favourite.

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Last Sunday The Iceman blew away Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in the final of the World Grand Slam of Darts to win the event for the third time in four years.

In truth, Price didn’t play that well during the week but still had too much for his rivals, even arguably the best player this season, fellow countryman Jonny Clayton, who he beat in the semi-final.

The Welsh pair will, along with van Gerwen and Wright, again carry the biggest threat.

The best tend to win

This isn’t a tourney that normally springs surprises as shown by the fact the duel leading forces of darts over the past 20 years – Michael van Gerwen and GOAT Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor – have taken down the title nine times out of the last 13 renewals of the event.

The draw has seen world number two Peter Wright and world number three Van Gerwen put into the same quarter.

Price looks like the man to beat after he improved across the week in Wolverhampton and was ruthless of his dismantling of Snakebite at the weekend.

Bet365 has put a 10/3 price on the head of, er, Price to win the tourney outright, something that is completely feasible.

Otherwise, at slightly bigger odds, are Mighty Mike at 9/2 and Peter Wright at 8/1, again both with bet365.

Go Jonny go go go

All of the players will be looking at sharpening up their form ahead of the Ally Pally extravaganza next month, but one player who carries a serious threat this year, and one that would be deserving given the year he has had, is the popular Jonny Clayton.

The Ferret has stormed into the world’s top eight this year on the back of his success, but is clearly – and before very long will surely be – in the world’s top four players right now.

Go Go Jonny is the undisputed player of the year and at bet365’s 11/2 is well worth a punt.

Further down the pack, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith showed a return to form in the Grand Slam.

Great to watch, Smith looked in great shape in Wolverhampton and topped his group, which contained Anderson and the returning Raymond van Barneveld, undefeated before dismissing Joe Cullen and Michael Van Gerwen in the knockout stages before losing to Snakebite in the semis.

Speaking of Joe Cullen, while I can’t see a win coming here, he too is improving and averaged 95 over four matches before running into Bully Boy during Round Two.

Bet365 are offering 25/1 on Michael Smith and 55/1 on Joe Cullen to win the first major.

Players Championship Finals 2021 Schedule

Friday November 26

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Ryan Searle v Simon Whitlock
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Ron Meulenkamp
  • Michael Smith v William Borland
  • Joe Cullen v Andy Boulton
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Madars Razma
  • James Wade v Ricky Evans
  • Nathan Aspinall v Jeff Smith
  • Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts
  • Scott Mitchell v Martijn Kleermaker
  • Ryan Joyce v Luke Woodhouse
  • Martin Schindler v Ian White
  • Mervyn King v Darius Labanauskas
  • Brendan Dolan v Chas Barstow
  • Ross Smith v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
  • Danny Noppert v Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • Gabriel Clemens v Steve Beaton
  • Stephen Bunting v Gary Anderson
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Maik Kuivenhoven
  • Rob Cross v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Jose de Sousa v Devon Petersen
  • Gerwyn Price v Jason Lowe
  • Michael van Gerwen v Kevin Doets
  • Peter Wright v Keane Barry
  • Jonny Clayton v Alan Tabern
  • Vincent van der Voort v Jamie Hughes
  • Daryl Gurney v Alan Soutar
  • Damon Heta v Steve Lennon
  • Callan Rydz v Mensur Suljovic
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Meikle
  • Luke Humphries v Jason Heaver
  • Chris Dobey v William O’Connor
  • Dave Chisnall v Ritchie Edhouse

Saturday November 27

Second Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • 16 matches

Third Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Eight Matches

Sunday November 28

Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)

  • Four Matches
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 Legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)

Quick glance at the Players Championship Finals 2021

Venue: Butlins Resort, Minehead

Dates: Friday 26 November – Sunday 28 November 2021

Format: Best of 11, 19 and 21 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: 12:45 & 19:00

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2021 Grand Slam of Darts Betting Tips & Predictions

2021 Grand Slam of Darts Betting Tips & Predictions

The 2021 renewal of the PDC’s Grand Slam of Darts will return to its traditional Wolverhampton venue this weekend after taking place behind closed doors in Coventry last year.

On that occasion, Portugal’s Jose de Sousa made a name for himself when he lifted the trophy. 

The Special One has since gone on to win four Pro Tour titles, which has allowed him to reach as high as his current world ranking of seven.

Currently catching the eye, however, is the man he beat in last year’s final, Jonny Clayton, who is not only in the form of his life but playing as if he is the world number one right now.

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The Ferret

At the moment, you simply cannot back against the Ferret, who has picked up more individual titles than anyone else this season, four of which – Masters, Premier League, World Grand Prix and the World Series of Darts Finals – have been televised majors.

The last win, the World Series of Darts Finals, came at the expense of his fellow countryman and actual world number one, Wales’ Gerwyn Price who he also beat in the final of the World Grand Prix.

It’s fortunately strange then that bet365 only sees him as a 6/1 shot to win the 2021 Grand Slam, a price that isn’t to be sniffed at.

His game hasn’t got any weak spots right now as demonstrated at last week’s Super Series where he once again reached the latter stages, this time losing it to Krzysztof Ratajski. Clayton still managed to post five ton plus averages in 11 matches, however.

bet365 makes him third favourite behind the big two of Gerwyn Price (4/1) and Michael van Gerwen (9/2).

Ratajski is another outsider that could go well and run deep this week making him possibly worth a punt, although he has been drawn into the same group as Gerwyn Price. If he can qualify from the group, he could be dangerous.

Van Den Bergh Out, Dobey In

This might have been a good time to back Dimitri van den Bergh, but he has fallen victim to the pandemic and has been replaced by Chris Dobey.

Two-time runner-up, Gary Anderson enjoys this event and has never been eliminated in the group stage.

He has had a quite year but did hit three ton plus averages in a day at last week’s Super Series which might suggest he could be getting back to best at the exact right time with the World Championships looming. 

The Flying Scotsman can be backed at odds of 8/1 at bet365.

Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock will both be in Wolverhampton over the weekend and possibly longer in Sherrock’s case.

Her run to the Nordic Darts Masters final, where she could so easily have beaten Michael van Gerwen, was another example of what she is capable of.

She will also have the crowd massively on her side for all of her matches and has more than enough big stage experience to cope with what is admittedly a tough draw.

Her group contains Germany’s Gabriel Clemens and one Peter Wright, who she plays in her first match.

Snakebite And The Iceman

In the case of Snakebite, you never can be quite sure. One minute he throws like the best around, the next moment his game drops off completely.

At the moment, it looks like being the latter but there is every chance we get the version that took down the World Matchplay so brilliantly. 

bet365 have priced the erratic showman up at 8/1.

World champion Gerwyn Price will be pleased to be back in Wolverhampton having won the title at the Aldersley Leisure Village in both 2018 and 2019.

The short format does make the group stage a little bit of a lottery, but he is rightly the outright favourite and is certain to qualify out of his group, likely alongside the aforementioned Polish Eagle.

The Group Stage 

With the 32 players split into eight groups of four for the first-round stage, the round-robin action begins with a double session on Saturday.

Jonny Clayton, who takes his place in group B, should breeze out of there and into the second round joined, I would think, by Mervyn King.

Expect Rob Cross, who has been picking up some fantastic results over the past few months, and James Wade to safely navigate the third group (C).

The Dream Maker’s replacement, Chris Dobey, should have enough to escape group D where Stephen Bunting should be the other qualifier.

Peter Wright is joined in Group E by Fallon Sherrock who has the potential to cause an upset, although Gabriel Clemens will have something to say about that.

Reigning champion Jose de Sousa shouldn’t be having too much trouble making it out of Group F and into round two along with Luke Humphries or Mensur Suljovic.

Group G is where Michael van Gerwen starts his campaign and is a certain qualifier most likely with Joe Cullen.

The final group is an intriguing one as it contains Gary Anderson, who should qualify for the next round, and Michael Smith, who is also a strong candidate for qualification, as well as the returning Raymond van Barneveld who has every reason to believe he can qualify for the knockout stages on his return to the Grand Slam for the first time since 2018.

Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Groups

Group A

  • Gerwyn Price
  • Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Martin Schindler
  • Nathan Rafferty

Group B

  • Jonny Clayton 
  • Mervyn King
  • Bradley Brooks 
  • Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 

Group C

  • James Wade 
  • Rob Cross 
  • Boris Krcmar 
  • Jim Williams

Group D

  • Chris Dobey
  • Stephen Bunting
  • Ryan Joyce
  • Chris Dobey

Group E

  • Peter Wright
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Mike De Decker 
  • Fallon Sherrock 

Group F

  • Jose de Sousa 
  • Luke Humphries 
  • Mensur Suljovic 
  • Matt Campbell

Group G

  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Joe Cullen 
  • John Henderson
  • Lisa Ashton

Group H

  • Gary Anderson
  • Michael Smith
  • Raymond van Barneveld
  • Joe Davis

Grand Slam of Darts 2021 Schedule

Saturday November 13

Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

  • Stephen Bunting v Ryan Joyce
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Martin Schindler
  • Mervyn King v Bradley Brooks
  • James Wade v Jim Williams
  • Rob Cross v Boris Krcmar
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