As the players move on to this weekend’s World Series Final in Salzburg, the Austrian darts fans will also be back in attendance, making it the first PDC event played in front of a crowd since March.
24 players in total will be in competition over the next few days including the world’s top 15 stars plus a select few choices including Fallon Sherrock (300/1).
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Of the heavyweights, only Gary Anderson will be missing after choosing not to travel. Michael van Gerwen will be there, however, and has started to raise his game after he unimaginably missed out on the Darts Premier League playoffs, a poor performance which followed losing to Dimitri van den Bergh at the World Matchplay.
MVG has been quickly installed as favourite and, as the number one seed, finds himself in the sweeter side of the draw. Bear in mind though that MVG is destined to meet Premier League leader Glen Durrant or his new/old nemesis Van den Bergh in round two.
Those two meet in round one and if Duzza can bring his Darts Premier League A game to Austria then you would think that a clash with the Dutch world number one beckons next. A wager on Duzza, win or each way, is tempting given his pre-tournament odds of 16/1.
There must surely be some money lumped on two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price, however, who arrives in the kind of form that has seen him book to back Autumn Series successes in which he averaged 104 over six matches.
The Iceman is another that didn’t make it to the Darts Premier League playoffs and this week finds himself in the bottom half of the draw along with world champion Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall, but if he can summon the same form here in Salzburg that he has produced of late, then the Welshman can go all the way and claim another TV title.
If you are looking for a longer odds darter, at least at each way, then may we suggest Krzysztof Ratajski, a member of the top 16 and already a winner on the tour this season. The Polish Eagle also made the last eight of the World Matchplay and finished eighth in the Autumn Series Order of Merit and meets Mensur Suljovic first up on Friday.
As a local hero, Suljovic will have the crowd behind him though making him a tough hurdle to get past.
The event will be shown on ITV4 this Friday at 1900 GMT.
World Series Of Darts Betting Odds
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- Michael van Gerwen 9/4
- Peter Wright 7/2
- Gerwyn Price 11/2
- Nathan Aspinall 10/1
- Michael Smith 14/1
- Glen Durrant 16/1
- Rob Cross 25/1
- Daryl Gurney 28/1
- Dimitri van den Bergh 30/1
- Krzysztof Ratajski 30/1
- James Wade 33/1
- Dave Chisnall 35/1
QUICK GLANCE AT WORLD SERIES OF DARTS FINALS
Venue: Salzburgarena, Salzburg
Dates: 18th September – 20th September 2020
Format: Best of 11 legs, 19 legs, 21 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: ITV4
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)