The PDC Home Tour reaches its conclusion this Friday as Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen battle it out for the title.
The inaugural PDC Home Tour was designed to give darts fans some live-action while sport was on lockdown but has, in all fairness, worked surprisingly well. Although it is obviously no substitute for the real thing.
Speaking of which, the PDC have confirmed that the 2020 World Matchplay will take place from July 18-26. The prestigious 32-player event is set to be the first fully televised PDC tournament to take place following the suspension of events due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.
The PDC are working with the UK Government to see if the tournament is able to proceed with a crowd at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Should this not be possible, then the tournament will be staged behind closed doors at an alternative venue. Watch this space.
Back to the PDC Home Tour and while it has been decent, let’s hoping this Friday’s Championships Groups is the last we see of this tourney for a while. It is, after all, seven weeks ago on April 17 that Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright threw the first dart and we have had pretty much onsecutive darts nights ever since.
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All that comes to an end this weekend though and, after finally getting his dodgy Wi-Fi sorted, Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson took his second chance with both hands and is now second-favourite in the betting at 13/8 with bet365. On Wednesday he beat Jelle Klaasen, Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker with 90 plus averages so his home oche form is strong right now.
The man to beat, according to bet365, is the 6/4 favourite Nathan Aspinall. 49-year-old Asp, who lost his 100% record to Rob Cross this week, looks a good call. But if these two are the most backed, then at 4/1 Jonny Clayton is an outside chance that I think is definitely worth taking. I see the appeal of the other two obviously, but Welsh key worker, who has been delivering food to the elderly and disadvantaged during lockdown, looks like good value.
Former BDO champion Jelle Klaasen is the outsider of the foursome at 13/2 which is understandable when you remember that he has only averaged 90 plus four times on his Home Tour route to the final.
Championship Group – Friday June 5
- Nathan Aspinall v Jelle Klaasen
- Gary Anderson v Jonny Clayton
- Jelle Klaasen v Jonny Clayton
- Nathan Aspinall v Gary Anderson
- Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
- Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
QUICK GLANCE AT PDC HOME TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP
Format: Best of 11 legs
Where To Watch: bet365 TV
When To Watch: (1930 GMT)