Michael van Gerwen Wins World Series Of Darts Finals

Michael van Gerwen Wins World Series Of Darts Finals

MVG World Series of Darts

Mighty Michael van Gerwen was back lifting trophies again at the weekend as he collected the World Series of Darts Finals for the fourth time in its five-year history. In front of adoring Dutch fans in Amsterdam, MVG thrashed fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert, who’s performance earns him a spot at Saturday’s Grand Slam of Darts, 11-2 in the final.

How it went down

On his way to scooping up his 50th individual career TV title, 30-year-old MVG cruised past Jonny Clayton 10-6 in the last eight and Mensur Suljovic 11-4 in his semi-final after narrowly avoiding defeat against Gerwyn Price the night before. His opponent, Noppie, had to battle through two nail-biting matches against Ian White and Dave Chisnall, that both went the distance, to reach his first PDC TV final.

Come that final, Van Gerwen threw nine maximums compared to Noppert’s three while Noppie put together an average of 89.37 against the world number one’s 96.95. Mighty Mike also landed nine successive legs after Noppie took down the opener in 12 darts. Van Gerwen out threw himself in the 11th when he failed to make it 10 straight legs by landing two 180s and a 139 to total 499 points with the first nine darts. Leaving only two behind, he bust on his next two visits after he failed to find the double 1.

Noppie duly stepped up and claimed his second leg before MVG threw for the title leaving his countryman to clinch the last qualification spot for Wolverhampton at the expense of Mensur Suljovic. The Gentle will not be present in the week-long major having turned down the opportunity to play in Monday’s qualifying event for this weekend’s televised major.

Grand Slam of Darts 2019 Betting Tips

The Grand Slam of Darts, which features players from both the PDC and BDO, gets underway on Saturday at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton and runs until November 17. The 12th staging of this event takes place without Mensur Suljovic but will see The Iceman Gerwyn Price bidding to defend the Eric Bristow Trophy. 12 months ago, the Welshman took the title controversially having won in a famously bad-tempered final with Gary Anderson.

Both players make up a field of 32, featuring eight representatives from the BDO including two females Mikuru Suzuki and Lisa Ashton, all of which are split into eight groups of four players, with the top two players from each group progressing to the knockout stage.

Red hot Michael van Gerwen has rightly been installed as Betway’s 11/10 favourite as he seeks to reclaim a trophy he once won three times in a row. He starts in Group A where he has former world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis for company and where both should ease through.

James Wade stars in a slightly tougher Group B where Ian ‘Diamond’ White and Wesley Harms could provide testers. Should The Machine make it through a hard group, his odds of 28/1 look tasty, but with such a hard group I would have wanted more. White’s price for outright success is 40/1, but given he has a mental block that prevents him going past the Quarter Final stages of live televised events, this is sure to be a waste of money.

At an outright price of 11/1, Group C looks like an easy win for Gerwyn Price. He has to be a good shot for overall success but could he be joined in the second round by our first female of the weekend? Ladies world champion Mikuru Suzuki is worth 8/1 to qualify which isn’t to be sniffed at, although an outright 500/1 on the Japanese star can safely be ignored.

The Iceman is in fine form right now and is one the top players in the world with the added ability to get under his opponents’ skins. As returning champion, he will arrive here full of confidence. Providing he uses the inevitable crowd boos to his advantage rather than wilting, something he has been doing of late, he has a great chance of winning here again.

Last year’s runner-up Gary Anderson claims this event is his favourite and he goes in Group D, but sadly for The Flying Scotsman, his injury problems and lack of form make him almost unbackable these days. For those still willing the old boy on, Betway are offering an outright price of 16/1 on him reliving his glory days this weekend.

Group E sees Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall as well as lady number two Lisa Ashton, who given the aforementioned pair, couldn’t really have been handed a much tougher group. Likely winner of the group, Voltage has an outright price of 8/1, ahead of Chizzy’s 22/1 with Betway.

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will be the hot favourite to top Group F despite early exits at the European Championship and World Series recently. If he brings his A-game then this group looks a formality, however, any fragility could well let in last week’s losing finalist Danny Noppert or even a threatening Wayne Warren. Betway have priced Wright at 9/1 for the title, while Noppie can be backed at 80’s.

Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney, a 22/1 shot for the title, plays in Group H but should face a challenge here from German star Gabriel Clemens and even BDO man Richard Veenstra. Brendan Dolan also chicks in this lesser group of death.

Finally, Bully Boy Michael Smith goes in the actual group of death where Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant await. Smith has made, but not won, four finals this season hence he is the shortest price here, but this group is a tough one to call so bet at your own peril. Betway are paying 22/1 on Superchin to win the title.

The Asp has gone from strength to strength this season since winning the UK Open and US Darts Masters, while Glen Durrant, here on a BDO ticket despite joining the PDC, could easily top this one. Betway have priced both Aspinall and Duzza at 22/1 for outright victory in the years Grand Slam of Darts.

Group A

  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Adrian Lewis
  • Ross Smith
  • Jim Williams (BDO)

Group B

  • James Wade
  • Ian White
  • Steve Lennon
  • Wesley Harms (BDO)

Group C

  • Gerwyn Price
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Robert Thornton
  • Mikuru Suzuki (BDO)

Group D

  • Gary Anderson
  • Darren Webster
  • William O’Connor
  • Dave Parletti (BDO)

Group E

  • Rob Cross
  • Dave Chisnall
  • Jamie Hughes
  • Lisa Ashton (BDO)

Group F

  • Peter Wright
  • Danny Noppert
  • Ryan Harrington
  • Wayne Warren (BDO)

Group G

  • Daryl Gurney
  • Brendan Dolan
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Richard Veenstra (BDO)

Group H

  • Michael Smith
  • Nathan Aspinall
  • Martin Schindler
  • Glen Durrant (Qualified as BDO)

Grand Slam of Darts 2019 Schedule

Saturday, November 9

  • 16x Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Sunday November 10

  • 16x Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Monday November 11 (7pm)

  • 8x Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Tuesday, November 12 (7pm)

  • 8x Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Wednesday, November 13 (7pm)

  • Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

Thursday, November 14 (7pm)

  • Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

Friday, November 15 (7pm)

  • Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

Saturday November 16 (7pm)

  • Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

Sunday November 17

  • Semi-finals (Best of 31 legs)
  • Final (Best of 31 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT THE GRAND SLAM OF DARTS 2019

Venue: Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton
Dates: Thursday 09.11.2019 – Sunday 17.09.2019
Format: Best of 9, 19, 31
Current Champion: Gerwyn Price
Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event
When To Watch: (1300, 1900 GMT)

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Rob Cross Wins European Championship, His Third Major Title Of Career

Rob Cross Wins European Championship, His Third Major Title Of Career

rob cross european championship

Rob Cross picked up the third major title of his career last weekend when he beat Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the final of the European Championship in Gottingen, Germany. Previously, the 2018 PDC world champion was runner-up in the Premier League and UK Open before winning the esteemed World Matchplay in Blackpool in July.


Earlier on Sunday Voltage saw off both Ricky Evans and Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney before playing out a fairly routine win against a disappointing Iceman. A seemingly subdued Price was never really in the final past the earlier sets and once Cross had established a two leg lead, the result was really only ever heading one way.

How it happeneed

Cross landed five 180s and averaged 93.12 compared to Price’s lacklustre 84.51, allowing Voltage to break a four-match losing streak against Price, who for the first time, seemed to wilt in front of the crowd’s boos which normally inspire him.

In fairness to the Welshman, he may simply have been exhausted given the grueling shift he had put in in order to battle and overcome both Vincent van der Voort and Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith earlier in the day.

As for Voltage, he’ll now head into the remaining majors – this week’s World Series of Darts Finals, Grand Slam of Darts, Players Championship Finals and the World Championship – in good shape and good spirits, which will please his fans.

World Series of Darts Finals 2019 Betting Tips

This week sees the World Series of Darts Finals at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam from November 1-3. Following Saturday’s second round, the tournament concludes across two sessions on Sunday, with the afternoon’s quarter-finals followed by the decisive evening session, which will include the semi-finals and final.

Draw wise, US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall will play Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in the first round, with the winner to face Daryl Gurney. German Masters finalist Gabriel Clemens will take on Jermaine Wattimena, before one of them will play Dutch legend and five-time World champion Raymond van Barneveld in what will be his final televised event in the Netherlands ahead of retirement.

World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall plays Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock, while Mensur Suljovic will play Aussie Kyle Anderson, who could later meet up with school mate Damon Heta. Ian White meets Ricky Evans, with both hoping to meet Peter Wright next and an all-Dutch tie pits Danny Noppert against Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Three-time champion Michael van Gerwen leads the 24-player field in an event that is the climax of the five international World Series of Darts events held worldwide in July and August.

James Wade
is the defending champion and is rated by Betway at 22/1 to defend his title. Mighty Michael van Gerwen is unsurprisingly the 11/8 favourite to win yet another TV title, this one in his homeland, so will be in confident mood. The Machine, who beat Michael Smith in last year’s final, will play either Wayne Jones or Jonny Clayton as the number one seeds enter into proceedings on Day Two.

Recently-crowned European champion Rob Cross is next in the running at 7/1 while Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is 8/1 ahead of 10/1 shot Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson.

Both Daryl Gurney and last week’s runner up Gerwyn Price are priced at 16/1, while you can get 20/1 on both Dave Chisnall and Mensur Suljovic, also at Betway.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE WORLD SERIES OF DARTS FINALS


Venue:
AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Hollland
Dates: Friday November 1 2019 – Sunday November 3 2019
Format: Best of 11, 19 & 21
Current Champion: James Wade
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (1300, 1900 GMT)

Friday November 1 (1900 GMT)

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Wayne Jones v Jonny Clayton
  • Ricky Evans v Ian White
  • Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Nathan Aspinall
  • Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
  • Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock
  • Danny Noppert v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Gabriel Clemens
  • Saturday November 2 (1900 GMT)
  • Second Round (Best of 11 legs)

Saturday November 2 (1900 GMT)

  • James Wade v Jones/Clayton
  • Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic
  • Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall
  • Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price
  • Peter Wright v Evans/White
  • Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens
  • Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

Sunday November 3

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)
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Michael van Gerwen Completes Career Clean Sweep

Michael van Gerwen Completes Career Clean Sweep

MVG Champions League of Darts

It’s been a surprisingly long time coming but Michael van Gerwen finally added the Champions League of Darts, the last remaining unclaimed title of his career, to his stunning darting CV.

Mighty Mike had to rely on luck as his opponent Peter Wright missed three match darts when leading 10-7 that would have seen Snakebite pick up his second televised career trophy. In the end, Wright fluffed his lines leaving MVG to pick up four legs on the spin to lift the belt following a thrilling 11-10 final result in Leicester on Sunday night.

The Dutchman got the final underway with a finish from 88 as part of an 11 darter which was immediately stubbed out by Wright’s 156 checkout. Things were deadlocked for three successive sets before Snakebite won four legs in a row.

MVG chalked off the next two to half the deficit only to see Wright, playing as well as he has all year, reestablish a three-leg lead at 8-5. Before long Snakebite, who was runner up in the Champions League one year ago, found himself throwing for the title only for familiar demons to return. Sadly, once he missed his three shots at victory you sensed his chance had passed him by even though he was still far enough ahead at the time.

Sure enough, momentum started to switch the way of the Dutchman, who took the remaining points on offer to cruelly punish Wright and complete his career clean sweep. This year alone, van Gerwen has won the Darts Masters, Darts Premier League, Melbourne Darts Masters, New Zealand Darts Masters and World Grand Prix Darts as well as the World Darts Championship, which although technically counts as last season, was still achieved on New Year’s Day.

MVG will now be favourite for the upcoming, World Series of Darts Finals on November 1, Grand Slam of Darts on November 9, Players Championship Finals on November 22 and of course the 2020 World Darts Championship for which Betway already have him priced at 5/4.

He has also been installed as favourite for this week’s tournament in Gottingen.

European Championship Darts Betting Tips

Play now moves to Germany and the small town of Gottingen for the European Championship. The event will take place in the historic University of Gottingen and gets underway this Thursday. Yes, Michael van Gerwen is favourite at 11/8, but why wouldn’t he be? He has after all recently completed his career clean sweep and had won this particular event for four years in a row until last year when he was eliminated in the second round in a surprising defeat to Steve West.

What that proves, along with early exits in both the UK Open and World Matchplay, is that even MVG doesn’t win all the time. Many eyes will then turn to defending champion James Wade who is a tempting 28/1. Wade beat Simon Whitlock – 2019 price 100/1 – in last year’s final but in truth neither has done much recently to suggest they will be in contention here.

Rob Cross has also been struggling of late and lost all three of his Champions League group matches. Voltage has also been drawn in the same quarter as Mighty Mike so bear that in mind when selecting this 11/1 shot.

At least it can be argued that form can turn in an instant. Just ask Peter Wright. Snakebite had been having a miserable season until just recently. Then, out of nowhere, he set a new record for the highest ever recorded average in a live broadcast darts match with a 123.5 during a 6-0 quarter-final win over Krzysztof Ratajski at the Players Championship 29. This before making it to the final of The Champions League where he really should have won. Can he go one better in Gottingen? Betway’s 9/1 says he can.

One player who could go deep is Gerwyn Price, who has landed in the same side of the draw as Mensur Suljovic (18/1), Nathan Aspinall (22/1) and Krzysztof Ratajski (25/1), none of whom will worry him. The Iceman was the only player other than MVG to average above 100 in the Champions League group stage and made it to the semis where he averaged 102. The Welshman controversially landed the Grand Slam title last year and is 10/1 at Betway to win in Germany too.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS

Venue: University of Gottingen, Germany

Dates: Thursday 24 October 2019 – 27 October 2019

Format: Best of 11, 19 & 21

Current Champion: James Wade

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1145, 1800 GMT)

2019 European Championship Schedule

Thursday October 24

  • Joe Cullen v Mervyn King
  • Dave Chisnall v Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Glen Durrant v Ricky Evans
  • Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock
  • Rob Cross v Darren Webster
  • James Wade v Jonny Clayton
  • Michael van Gerwen v Ross Smith
  • Daryl Gurney v William O’Connor

Friday October 25

  • Jamie Hughes v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Keegan Brown v Stephen Bunting
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Chris Dobey
  • Nathan Aspinall v Steve Beaton
  • Mensur Suljovic v Vincent van der Voort
  • Ian White v Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts
  • Cullen/King v Cross/Webster
  • Gurney/O’Connor v Lewis/Whitlock
  • Chisnall/Van den Bergh v Wade/Clayton
  • Van Gerwen/R Smith v Durrant/Evans

Saturday October 26

  • Suljovic/Van der Voort v Ratajski/Dobey
  • White/M Smith v Brown/Bunting
  • Price/Evetts v Aspinall/Beaton
  • Wright/De Zwaan v Hughes/Wattimena

Sunday October 27

  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final
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