Gary Anderson Wins Champions League Of Darts For The First Time

Gary Anderson Wins Champions League Of Darts For The First Time

Gary Anderson Champion League of Darts

As we predicted here last week, the world number three Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson shipped the Champions League of Darts in Brighton on Sunday. Trouncing a much-improved Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in the final, Anderson won his third major TV event of the year having already claimed the UK Open and World Matchplay.

Only moments earlier, Anderson eliminated last year’s victor Mensur Suljovic 11-4 in the semi-final and in the process avenged his 2017 final defeat in the same tourney. Anderson topped his group after surviving two missed match darts from Michael van Gerwen in the deciding leg of their last group match that would otherwise have sent him packing. Instead, he qualified with the Dutch superstar to go into the knockout stages of the competition at the expense of Daryl Gurney, who just missed out despite his 10-7 win over Dave Chisnall.

This meant that Group A’s runner-up, MVG, lined up in the semi-final against Peter Wright, who came second to Mensur Suljovic’s in Group B. In the semi-final, Wright produced a brilliant effort to come from 8-5 down to see off MVG in an 9-11 victory, landing three 10-dart finishes on the way. This was a pleasing weekend for Wright, who has never made it out of the group stages in either of the previous two years of the event.

Gary Anderson, who has also won two World Championships and two Premier League crowns in his career, returned to the oche for the final where he was far too good for Wright. Banking a 140 checkout straight out of the gate, and breaking Snakebite’s throw three times, he soon raced into a commanding 6-1 lead. Wright fought hard to bring the game back to a 4-7 scoreline before Anderson reeled off the next four legs, closing out the game with three ten-darters and a 65% checkout to land his first ever Champions League title.

Darts World Grand Prix betting tips

The PDC’s third longest-running televised event, the World Grand Prix, is due to take place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin from September 30 through October 6.

The 32-player field has now been confirmed, and reigning champion Daryl Gurney will be there to defend his title. Alongside Superchin will be the world’s top 16 players plus the 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit.

The six main seeds are three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic and Dave Chisnall. Michael Smith, James Wade, Ian White, Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Adrian Lewis will also all be present due their placings on the PDC Order of Merit.

Elsewhere, European Tour winner Jonny Clayton heads up the sixteen ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers and will be making his Dublin debut joined by Max Hopp, Jermaine Wattimena, Steve Lennon, Danny Noppert, Ricky Evans, Josh Payne, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Ron Meulenkamp. Also present will be former World Grand Prix finalist Mervyn King plus Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting, while James Wilson, Steve West, Kim Huybrechts and John Henderson complete the field.

The World Grand Prix features a sets format and a unique “double-start” rule, which means players must both begin AND end every leg with a double throughout the entire event.

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Mighty Mike Favourite For Champions League of Darts

Mighty Mike Favourite For Champions League of Darts

Champions League of Darts Michael van Gerwen

The world’s eight best players head to Brighton this weekend for the third ever Champions League of Darts. This year’s tourney is a new event for Brighton, having replaced Cardiff which hosted the previous two events in 2016 and 2017.
And it was in the Welsh capital a year ago that Mensur Suljovic broke his PDC title duck as he defied pre-tournament odds of 40/1 to take down the tournament, his first ever major televised title. One year earlier, the inaugural event in 2016 out to be one of the final tournament wins of Phil Taylor’s illustrious career.

This year, the Champions League — the only PDC event to be shown on the BBC — brings the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and World Champion Rob Cross together as they all attempt to lift the trophy for the first time at the Brighton Centre.

Arrows will be in the air from 13:15 this Saturday with the event drawing to a close on Sunday night. The top seven players in the world are all guaranteed to play, as is the defending champion, Mensur Suljovic, who already had a guaranteed place courtesy of being ranked in the top seven, allowing a spot to open up for the world number eight Dave Chisnall.

The groups were drawn as following:

Group A

Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney
Dave Chisnall

Group B

Peter Wright
Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock.

The winners — and losers for that matter — of the afternoon session meet in the evening session. The remaining group stage fixtures are played on Sunday afternoon with the semi-finals and final in the Sunday evening.

Champions League Of Darts betting tips

As ever, Michael van Gerwen is the favourite but this talent-filled round-robin event should provide plenty of upsets. That said, Mighty Mike’s short price of 5/6 at Betway is no surprise given that the Dutchman performs well in this type of shoot-out event and has enjoyed another bumper season. In fact, the most surprising thing about MVG in this event is that he is still yet to win it. Does this make him even more dangerous this year? Possibly.

In contrast, world number two Peter Wright — 15/8 to top Group B — has had a torrid season, which is why Betway have let his price for the overall win drift out to 15/2. That is still an attractive offer, considering Snakebite is reckoned to be the second best player in the world. 10/11 is the price for any member of the field to win that isn’t named Michael van Gerwen.

Personally, my own money will be going on Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson given we have seen fleeting moments of his brilliant best this season. Anderson has been drawn in the same group as MVG and the two are priced at 5/2 and 4/11 to win their groups, respectively. But, if like me, you are looking to back Anderson for an outright victory then 4/1 are the magic numbers you are looking for.

Reigning champion Mensur Suljovic has been priced at a tasty looking 10/1 for a repeat victory, while those that predict Rob Cross to make another surprise win will be pleased to see Betway value him at 11/2. Bringing up the field are Daryl Gurney, Dave Chisnall, both 33/1, and Simon Whitlock, who is ranked as a 50/1 shot.

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2018 PDC Champions League Of Darts Drawing Held

2018 PDC Champions League Of Darts Drawing Held

PDC Champions League of Darts 2018

Last year’s winner Mensur Suljovic

The next big PDC event on the sporting calendar is the Champions League of Darts which is set to be broadcast on the BBC on September 22 and 23. While we await betting prices — and indeed any action whatsoever this week — we give you a sneak peak as organisers have made the draw for the tournament that will be played in Brighton one month from now.

After the first two editions of the Champions League were staged in Cardiff the tournament has now relocated to the Brighton Centre to replace Brighton’s hosting of a Premier League night. Locals will now have the pleasure of seeing the PDC’s leading eight players all competing in a live televised event.

At the draw, the chairman of the PDC, Barry Hearn, talked of his pride in bringing the tourney to the South Coast and how popular the event has now become.

“The Champions League of Darts has become a hugely popular event since being introduced to the circuit two years ago. The concept of the world’s top eight players facing off over one weekend is one which works perfectly for BBC Sport, and we feel that The Brighton Centre is an ideal venue to host the Champions League of Darts. With the Premier League’s growth seeing Brighton replaced on that circuit, we remained committed to taking a televised PDC event to the south coast and we’re delighted for this to be this year’s Champions League of Darts.”

A look at the draw

The draw itself threw up some great opening ties. World number one Michael van Gerwen was naturally seeded in Group A and is joined there by recent World Matchplay winner Gary Anderson, 2017 World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney plus Dave Chisnall.

UK Open champion Peter Wright finds himself in Group B with world champion Rob Cross, reigning Champions League winner Mensur Suljovic and former European Championship winner Simon Whitlock.

This means that in the opening match of the 2018 event Mensur Suljovic will face-off against world champion Rob Cross, who will be making his Champions League debut. This match will lead into Peter Wright going head to head against Simon Whitlock, followed by a Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney battle and lastly, Michael van Gerwen versus Dave Chisnall.

The round-robin phase continues in the second session on Saturday evening before play carries over into Sunday afternoon, where the top two players from each group will compete for the title in the semi-finals and final.

Champions League of Darts draw and schedule

Group A

  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Gary Anderson
  • Daryl Gurney
  • Dave Chisnall

Group B

  • Peter Wright
  • Rob Cross
  • Mensur Suljovic
  • Simon Whitlock

Saturday, 22 September (13:15 BST)

  • Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic (B)
  • Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock (B)
  • Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney (A)
  • Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall (A)

Saturday, 22 September (18:30 BST)
There will be four matches consisting of the winners of the first group plus the two losers from both groups.

Sunday, 23 September (13:00 BST)
There will be four matches consisting of the remaining group matches, deciding on the top two qualifiers from each group.

Sunday, 23 September (18:30 BST)
Two semi-finals plus the final.

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