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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Back Scottish Pair Wright And Anderson For Betway World Cup Of Darts Success

This Thursday at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, Scottish pair Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will look to unseat the auld enemy, England, as world cup holders. The pair, ranked two and three in the world, will be looking to take down the £300,000, four-day tournament and see off competition from 33 other two-player nations, including some countries making their first appearance as the game’s global reach continues to grow.

For England, champions in four of the past five years, Adrian Lewis, who teamed up with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor last year to lift the trophy for the English, has been dropped this time around due to poor form. Poor form is not a problem currently being experienced by his replacement Dave Chisnall, who has overseen a remarkable turnaround in performances recently. World number five, Chizzy recently moved above James Wade in the rankings following an unbeaten run in his last seven Premier League games.

Any side with world number one Michael van Gerwen in their ranks is to be feared especially one that also includes Raymond van Barneveld so look out for a strong Dutch showing here, winners twice before most recently in 2014.

Fourth seeds Wales will be represented by Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster just as they were last year, while Australia too, seeded fifth, will also be fielding their regular pair Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson. The same applies to Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan as well as Belgian brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts, while Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez will represent Austria, the last of the seeded nations.

For the first time ever Brazil will field a team at the World Cup of Darts as Alexandre Sattin and the London-based Diogo Portela lead out their team in Germany.

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World Cup of Darts Betting Tips

The way the sportsbooks and betting odds have fallen look to suggest that only three nations have a realistic chance of winning the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts. The first dart is thrown this Thursday, 1st June, and will be shown live on Sky Sports 1HD.

Top seeds Scotland, with two of the world’s top three players, are involved in the opening game, a match they cannot and will not lose against Singapore. With Peter Wright and Gary Anderson their chosen pair, they have been given second favourite status and a 6/4 chance of landing the top prize, available at Bet365.

Netherlands’ pair MVG and RVB are priced at 11/10 with Betway, while at 6/1 with Skybet, England, who open against Gibraltar, are definitely worth a look, especially given their dominant record in this tournament. After this, from Australia onwards, the odds begin to drift outwards very quickly.

Some more interesting offers include; England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Netherlands all to win their first-round ties at 1.85/1 with Skybet, while a bet on the finalists at Skybet will pay out at 4/5 for a Holland v Scotland match up, while England, who due to seedings cannot meet the Dutch in the final, are 0/3 to meet the Scottish instead.

Betway World Cup of Darts

  • Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals: two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches
  • Final: two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches
  • First Round: Best of nine legs Doubles

1-8 Seeded Nations (June 1-4 and broadcast live on Sky Sports)

  • 1 Scotland – Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
  • 2 England – Adrian Lewis & Dave Chisnall
  • 3 Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
  • 4 Wales – Gerwyn Price & Mark Webster
  • 5 Australia – Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
  • 6 Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
  • 7 Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • 8 Belgium – Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts
  • Brazil – Diogo Portela & Alexandre Sattin
  • Canada – John Norman Jnr & John Part
  • China – Weihong Li & Yuanjun Liu
  • Czech Republic – Frantisek Humpula & Karel Sedlacek
  • Denmark – Per Laursen & Alex Jensen
  • Finland – Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
  • Germany – Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
  • Gibraltar – Dyson Parody & Dylan Duo
  • Greece – John Michael & Ioannis Selachoglou
  • Hong Kong – Kai Fan Leung & Royden Lam
  • Hungary – Janos Vegso & Zoltan Mester
  • Italy – Daniele Petri & Gabriel Rollo
  • Japan – Haruki Muramatsu & Yuki Yamada
  • New Zealand – Cody Harris & Rob Szabo
  • Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
  • Republic of Ireland – Mick McGowan & William O’Connor
  • Russia – Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
  • Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
  • South Africa – Devon Petersen & Deon Oliver
  • Spain – Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
  • Sweden – Magnus Caris & Daniel Larsson
  • Switzerland – Patrick Rey & Philipp Ruckstuhl
  • Thailand – Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol Eupakaree
  • United States of America – Darin Young & Larry Butler
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