BetVictor World Matchplay Odds

While the PDC Tour has remained busy in recent weeks, it’s been largely quiet in terms of major tournaments since the Premier League came to a close. That’s all set to change over nine days in July when the World’s best throwers descend on the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the PDC World Matchplay.

This is one of the last events to be won by the great Phil Taylor and in recognition of the Power’s contribution to the sport, the players will now be throwing for the Phil Taylor trophy. We’ve a strong field but it’s one that features a familiar name at the top.

Out in Front

Despite missing out on the PDC World Championship at the very start of 2018, it’s been another productive year for Michael Van Gerwen and the Dutchman is favourite to win the World Matchplay at odds of 8/11 with William Hill and Betway.

MVG won this event for two successive years in 2015 and 2016 and so far this year has added the Masters and the Premier League to his extensive trophy cabinet. With additional successes in minor tournaments throughout 2018, he is a worthy favourite but there are plenty of challengers in what is a strong field.

Chasing Pack

Rob Cross

Current PDC World Champion Rob Cross is the man in second place in the outright betting and the man they call ‘Voltage is available at 7/1 with RedZoneSports and EnergyBet. Cross has so far failed to add a major trophy since winning that World Title but he continues to go deep in most tournaments and will remain a threat to the biggest players.

Gary Anderson is third favourite with most bookmakers and currently on offer at best industry odds of 8/1 with SportingBet. Like most of the field, The Flying Scotsman has yet to win an event that was largely dominated by Phil Taylor but 2018 has been a very productive year with a number of victories in minor tournaments.

Behind Cross and Anderson, we have a very small gap to Peter Wright who is quoted at 9/1 with EnergyBet and 188Bet. Snakebite Wright suffered a dip in form in the Premier League but has recovered to an extent and will attract plenty of interest at that 9/1 price.

Beyond the top four, the odds really start to move out.

Outside Throwers

One player in the field who does have a decent record in this event is James Wade who is on offer at 33/1 for the outright win with 10Bet and LVBet. The ‘Machine’ won the World Matchplay in 2007 and has been a runner up on five separate occasions – most recently to Van Gerwen in 2015.

Wade is said to have been away, working on his game and his efforts look to have paid off after he made it to the semi finals of the US Darts Masters at the weekend before losing a tight contest to Gary Anderson.

Also available at those same odds of 33/1 are Mensur Suljovic who can be claimed at that price with EnergyBet and Daryl Gurney who is available at 33/1 with EnergyBet and William Hill. Both men featured in this year’s Premier League so there is a threat there but neither is in the best of form right now.

Slightly further back is Michael Smith who will get some backing at a top price of 40/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. While Bully Boy may not have won that Premier League trophy, he made it through to the last four although he’s yet to produce the big breakthrough that those Premier League efforts have threatened.

Also in the outside bunch are Adrian Lewis at a top price of 50/1 with BetFred and Raymond Barneveld at that same 50/1 with Boylesports. Moving into three figures, Simon Whitlock is listed at best odds of 100/1 with William Hill and Betway while Dave Chisnall is further back at a top price of 125/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.

It would seem unlikely that any darter could come through to win from this point so let’s get straight on and see if we can pick a winner.

Verdict

Michael van Gerwen

Of the players taking part in the 2018 renewal, only James Wade and Michael Van Gerwen have ever won it. Phil Taylor’s dominance was quite remarkable – even by his own high standards – and of the 24 World Matchplays ever held, The Power won 16 of them.

His retirement leaves things more open this year although MVG is the strongest player in the competition and an obvious favourite to take his third title. 32 players take part in the tournament and it’s a lengthy battle from the very start. The first round is the best of 19 legs so there are fewer chances for shock results and that naturally plays into the hands of the favourites.

Form and class usually deliver so while James Wade is just starting to hint at a comeback, we don’t expect anyone outside of the top three favourites to come through and take this title. Michael Van Gerwen has a clear lead in the markets, as he always does, and while the Dutchman hasn’t quite dominated the darting year as he has done in the past, he can always reserve his best for the bigger tournaments.

Talking of form, if we look back to our most recent tournament, the US Masters, Gary Anderson continued his fine year with a win over Rob Cross in the final. Anderson didn’t come up against Van Gerwen in that competition but he was impressive in his finishing in particular and we think he’s good value for the World Matchplay at that 8/1 price.

Our second tip on Michael Smith is more of a punt, even as an Each Way suggestion but if Bully Boy can rediscover the form shown in this season’s Premier League, he has every chance of delivering a tidy profit at the end of this tournament.

Best Bets for BetVictor World Matchplay 2018:

  • Gary Anderson to win at 8/1 with SportingBet
  • Michael Smith Each Way at 40/1 with Ladbrokes

2018 World Cup of Darts Betting Preview

The 2018 World Cup of Darts is the eighth edition of a prestigious team tournament that brings together the best players from the majority of darts playing nations. Those teams comprise two throwers who will look to progress through several rounds before the final showdown.

This year, the tournament is sponsored by Betway, starting on May 31 and running right through to June 3. Frankfurt in Germany is our destination so let’s take a look at how the competition works and see if we can pick a winner.

Format and History

A total of eight seeded teams are determined before a dart is thrown and this year, that particular list comprises the Netherlands, Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, Belgium and Austria. They are joined by 24 further countries and the tournament works on a straight knockout basis.

In the first round, it’s the best of a nine legs doubles match so it’s a quick game and there can be surprise results at times but these remain relatively rare. The matches increase in length with doubles and singles games being played so once a team gets past the first round, there is less scope for shock outcomes.

Michael van Gerwen

The Netherlands are our reigning champions and have the same team of Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld back to defend their crown. Of the seven previous editions, the Dutch have won on three separate occasions and Barney has been involved each time.

The only other country to have won the World Cup of Darts is England who have claimed four titles with the same team of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. The English are second seeds in 2018 but neither Lewis nor Taylor are back to compete this time.

That’s your brief guide to the tournament so who are the bookies putting in the frame for success this year?

Team to Beat

The Dutch team of Barney and MVG are only seeded third but the bookmakers have them as clear favourites at best odds of Even Money with the sponsors Betway. It’s been another successful period for Van Gerwen and while some will see Van Barneveld as the weak link in the team, he is solid in this format and has enjoyed some success in individual tournaments in 2018.

The top seeds are the Scottish pairing of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson who can be backed in the outright win market at a top price of 11/4 with SportingBet. This is a common pairing for the Scots and the two men reached the 2015 final but form is mixed between them.

Anderson has picked up tournament wins since the start of 2018 but Snakebite Wright is struggling somewhat and failed, surprisingly, to make the last four of the PDC Premier League.

England then come in as third favourites at a top price of 4/1 with 10Bet as they compete with a new pairing of Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall. Cross is, of course, our reigning PDC World Champion but it’s not been such a productive 12 months for Chizzy and this is a pairing that seems to lack balance.

Behind the three favourites, the prices really start to drift so, as far as the bookies are concerned, this could be a battle between England, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Chasing Teams

The Australian team of Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson may be seeded fourth but they are some way behind the favourites at best odds of 20/1 with Betway for the outright win. Also at 20/1, this time with Coral, are Wales who were beaten by the Dutch in the final 12 months ago.

Wales arrive with a different team this time and while Gerwyn Price is retained, he is partnered in 2018 by Jonny Clayton so the side are something of an ‘unknown quantity’.

Austria, led by the competent Mensur Suljovic, then follow at best odds of 28/1 with Betway while Belgium are next, moving out to a top price of 40/1 with Coral. The only one of the eight seeds we’ve yet to mention are Northern Ireland at a distant best of 66/1 with BetFred.

Although they are as short as 25/1 in places, that figure actually puts the pairing of Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan behind the unseeded Germans who are quoted at a top price of 50/1 with Ladbrokes.

Prices then start to move into three figures, starting with Poland at a best of 150/1 with Betway so we’ve reached our most unlikely options. Canada, at 250/1 with 10Bet, field former World Champion John Part but in the main we now have up and coming players who have yet to really make their mark on the world of darts.

Verdict

Rob Cross

A full set of markets will appear for each game once the draws are made but for now, it’s all about picking a winner from that list of outright prices. We should probably ignore the seeding as the Dutch are worthy favourites as defending champions and a team that includes the best player in the world in Michael Van Gerwen.

It will be interesting to see how England perform with a new pairing but their success would rely on Dave Chisnall being at his absolute best in supporting PDC World Champion Rob Cross. Any team can come through the pack and there is, of course, the chance that we could see a shock result in a very short first round knockout format.

Van Gerwen could carry the Dutch on their own but the team that interests us are second favourites Scotland and while they may not deserve to be ranked number one, that seeding could well help the pairing of Wright and Anderson.

The Scots are in the top half of the draw which means that if all goes to plan they will avoid their main threats – England and the Netherlands – until the final. That would leave Austria, Australia and Wales along the way and Scotland should beat any of those sides, even if they are slightly off form.

There would be no room for error in a likely final against either the English or the Dutch and while Peter Wright in particular would need a boost in form after a poor Premier League, Scotland look good value here as the second favourites.

Best Bets For Betway World Cup of Darts 2018:

  • Scotland to win at 11/4 with SportingBet

Premier League Darts: Finals Night Preview

A long period of PDC darts is finally coming to an end and after an initial entry of ten throwers, we are now down to the last four. As expected, Gary Anderson took the one remaining play off place last week so we now cross to the O2 Arena in London where three games will give us our Premier League Champion for 2018.

The semi final draw has been made so we will assess those two games after a quick recap of the outright winner betting.

Outright Update

Michael van Gerwen

Michael Van Gerwen has been favourite for the title since the very start and despite losing to Anderson last week, the Dutchman remains a short odds on pick at best odds of 8/15 with Ladbrokes and Sun Bets. MVG topped the regular season table but has shown that he isn’t unbeatable – winning 11, losing four and drawing one of his 16 matches.

Gary Anderson eventually finished third in the table but he’s a clear second favourite in the outrights at a top price of 4/1 with Betway and SportingBet. The Flying Scotsman left it until last week to confirm his place in the final four but finished with a respectable record of eight wins, three draws and five losses.

Rob Cross’ record in the regular season was identical to that of Anderson but he slipped back into fourth based on leg difference. The World Champion’s Premier League form was ‘up and down’ and he now finds himself as third favourite for the title at 7/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Second placed Michael Smith started the season with a run of victories and he maintained good form throughout the campaign to finish with nine wins, two draws and five losses. Despite that impressive performance, there has been little support for Bully Boy among the bookmakers and he is our outsider at 12/1 with William Hill and 188Bet for the Premier League title.

Those are the outrights as we head into our final week of action so let’s now take a look at the semi final pairings.

First Up

Rob Cross

The first match of the evening sees Michael Van Gerwen take on Rob Cross and needless to say, Mighty Mike has a clear lead in the straight result betting. MVG starts as favourite to make it through to the final at best odds of 4/1 with Boylesports while Cross follows at 37/10 with Sport Pesa.

Remember, the draw is no longer an option at this point in the competition: The semi finals are the best of 19 legs while the final itself is the best of 21. In the regular campaign, Cross lost heavily to Van Gerwen by seven legs to two in week 13 and by the same scoreline when the season opened in Dublin so based on form, it’s hard to argue with those odds. It is being reported that Rob Cross is getting plenty of support at 37/10 but he would need to be back to his World Championship best in order to convert a profit.

Second Semi

Michael Smith

The second semi final of the evening is between Michael Smith and Gary Anderson and once again we have a clear favourite. Flying Scotsman Anderson is out in front here at best odds of 2/5 with Unibet and Betway while Bully Boy Smith is very much the outsider at a top price of 23/10 with Boylesports.

Smith was visibly struggling with illness during his 6-6 draw with Raymond Van Barneveld last time out so we must firstly hope that he’s fully fit but what about the head-to-head results?

In the group stages, Smith edged past Anderson by seven legs to five in week one but the Scot got his revenge with a 7-2 victory in week 11 in Rotterdam. Mixed results but do they suggest that this match may actually be closer than the result betting indicates?

Verdict

We’ve seen plenty of surprise results in the 2018 edition of darts’ Premier League but with the format extended in the semi finals to best of 19, there is less scope for the odds to be upset. As we mentioned, Rob Cross is getting plenty of support from punters but he has performed poorly against Van Gerwen in this competition and we certainly think that the first game should go with the favourite.

The clash between Smith and Anderson is less clear: Anderson has landed a number of tournament wins since the start of 2018 but his form has been mixed in this particular competition. However, over an extended format we expect the Flying Scotsman to come through leaving two favourites likely to progress to the finals.

You can take the short odds on prices on both MVG and Anderson if you want a modest return but is there any better value in the side betting? Smith has enjoyed an impressive season and could certainly offer a strong challenge to Gary Anderson so we could either look at the handicaps or the Correct Score betting.

Correct Score becomes even harder to call at this late stage of the competition but for a smaller stake, 10-7 to Anderson would be our preference at a top price of 9/1 with Boylesports. Meanwhile, we’ll just finish with a suggestion to back Van Gerwen for the outright win: He’s not infallible but has been the best player since the first dart was thrown and remains in top form on the circuit, away from this tournament.

Best Bets:

  • Gary Anderson to beat Michael Smith 10-7 at 9/1 with Boylesports
  • Michael Van Gerwen to win the 2018 PDC Darts Premier League at 8/15 with Ladbrokes

Premier League Darts: Week 15 Preview

Results from Birmingham last week saw two more throwers qualify for the next phase of 2018’s Premier League Darts tournament and that leaves just one more play off slot up for grabs. In all probability, we will see Gary Anderson join Michael Van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Rob Cross progress to that stage but Daryl Gurney is battling to stay in touch.

Gurney needs a big win over Peter Wright to stay in the competition while Anderson just has to avoid a heavy defeat but the Flying Scotsman is playing Van Gerwen this week so that final place is by no means certain.

Outright Updates

Eight players will step up to the oche in Aberdeen this week but with three having already been eliminated, the outright betting involves just five men. Michael Van Gerwen has been at the top of this market before a dart was even thrown and the Dutchman is now available at best odds of 8/15 with SportingBet and 10Bet.

Gary Anderson remains as second favourite despite not having yet secured his place in the final rounds and the former World Champion can be picked up at a top price of 9/2 with Coral and Betway. That leaves the remaining qualified players following on with Rob Cross at 11/2 with Betway and Michael Smith quoted at 12/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.

Finally, Daryl Gurney retains those faint hopes of making it through to the play offs and he can draw level on points with Anderson if he beats Peter Wright and his rival loses to MVG. However, if the players do finish level then it will go down to leg difference over the course of the tournament and Anderson currently stands at +13 as opposed to Gurney’s +1.

It would take a huge swing on the night to see Anderson eliminated and that’s why Daryl Gurney completes the outright betting at a very distant 500/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral.

Opening Up

Having rounded up the outright betting, we cross over to the individual matches from week 15 and the evening starts with Michael Smith taking on Raymond Van Barneveld. With Smith already through and Barney eliminated, it’s the type of game that can be tough to call and it’s certainly a tight market right now with odds against prices on all three outcomes.

Bully Boy Smith will start as favourite at 7/5 with Sun Bets and Black Type while Van Barneveld is listed at best odds of 8/5 with Ladbrokes and Coral. The draw finishes the result betting at a top price of 7/2 with MarathonBet and there is likely to be some support for the 6-6 scoreline.

Next up is that crucial clash between Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright with Gurney likely to need a 7-0 whitewash if he is to progress to the next round. That outcome seems doubtful and the bookies have actually made Wright the favourite for the win at best odds of 7/5 with SportingBet and Black Type.

That therefore leaves definite value in a Gurney victory at a top price of 8/5 with BetBright and the draw should also get some attention at a best of 7/2 with Betway.

Crunch Time

Gary Anderson now faces a formidable opponent in Michael Van Gerwen who added to his long list of titles with victory in the European Darts Grand Prix on Sunday. MVG is on another hot streak of form and is an obvious clear favourite at 11/18 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa here. Anderson may well be through by the time these players take to the oche and the Scot is on offer at best odds of 18/5 with Unibet while the draw completes this tie at a top price of 4/1 with Ladbrokes.

Completing the evening is the match between Simon Whitlock and Rob Cross and this is another game with little riding on it. Wizard Whitlock showed good form at the weekend and could cause an upset at best odds of 6/1 with Unibet while World Champion Cross is the favourite at a top price of 2/5 with Ladbrokes and MarathonBet.

Completing this game, and our result betting for the night, is the draw which is quoted here at a best of 23/5 with 188Bet.

Verdict

We argued last week that there is value in ‘dead rubbers’ and while we didn’t quite find it ourselves, there remains potential to make good profits from the matches that have little riding on them. We’ll start, therefore, with the opening game of the evening which sees Michael Smith, already through to the play offs, take on the eliminated Raymond Van Barneveld.

Odds against prices exist for all three outcomes and we saw how dangerous a wounded Barney can be as he comfortably beat Gary Anderson in Birmingham last week. Against Smith, it may be a tougher test as the Dutchman bows out of a long tournament and we’ll therefore back Bully Boy at 7/5 for the win.

Now we come to a game with plenty riding on it as Daryl Gurney looks to cling on to his faint play off hopes. The Northern Irishman takes on Peter Wright needing a 7-1 victory at worst and while that doesn’t seem likely, Gurney has been consistent enough to make him a sound bet in the straight win market at 8/5.

Finally, we’ll end with a longer option in the Correct Score betting between Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. If, as we expect, Anderson is already through to the play offs by the time he steps up to the oche, the competitive edge may well have gone from this game and a correct score of 7-2 to MVG at 6/1 with Unibet is our remaining tip for what we hope will be a profitable evening.

Best Bets:

  • Michael Smith to beat Raymond Van Barneveld at 7/5 with Sun Bets
  • Daryl Gurney to beat Peter Wright at 8/5 with BetBright
  • Michael Van Gerwen to beat Gary Anderson 7-2 at 6/1 with Unibet

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 14

From an original cast of ten, only five throwers remain in contention for the 2018 PDC Premier League Trophy as we head to Birmingham for this week’s round of action. Eight players still compete but Simon Whitlock, Raymond Van Barneveld and Peter Wright will depart ahead of the play offs.

There are four matches to play in week 14 but we’ll firstly take a look at the outright market ahead of those games.

Outright Update

Michael Van Gerwen is the first player to officially qualify for the next phase and the Dutchman has led the outright betting for some time. MVG can now be found at best odds of 8/15 to lift the trophy with most bookies including William Hill and BetBright.

Gary Anderson is now the second favourite at a top price of 9/2 but the Flying Scotsman has mixed form and suffered a surprise 7-5 defeat to Simon Whitlock last time out. It was a week of tight finishes with Rob Cross drawing with Barney and the PDC World Champion is now at a best of 5/1 with Coral and Betway to add the Premier League to his trophy cabinet.

Michael Smith looks safe despite experiencing a mixed night in Manchester: Bully Boy demolished Peter Wright by seven legs to one before losing to Van Gerwen by the same scoreline and Smith is now available at best odds of 14/1 with Unibet and 888Sport in the outright betting.

The only man still in with a chance of breaking into the Top Four is Daryl Gurney but with a three point gap to make up over Anderson, the bookmakers don’t fancy his chances. Gurney carries a top price of 100/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes to round up the outright betting ahead of this week’s matches.

First Up

Our first game of the night in Birmingham is effectively a dead rubber as Peter Wright takes on Simon Whitlock. Neither man will proceed to the next phase and these games can be tough to predict but they can also hold some value for those that call correctly.

Wright starts as favourite here at best odds of 4/6 with Coral and 10Bet but there will be some interest in Whitlock after he defeated Gary Anderson last time out. The Wizard is available at a top price of 7/2 with Betway while the draw completes this market at a best of 4/1 with MarathonBet.

Following On

The second match of the evening is a must win for Daryl Gurney who really needs both points if he is to stay in touch with the Top Four. Gurney takes on Michael Smith in a tight market where many bookies have the same win odds for both players. For others, Smith is a very narrow favourite at a top price of 16/11 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa while Gurney is just behind at 6/4 with Sun Bets and Black Type.

A draw may not be enough for Gurney to stay in contention but it will certainly attract attention at a best of 7/2 with MarathonBet.

Next up we have the biggest clash of the evening as World Champion Rob Cross takes on the tournament favourite Michael Van Gerwen. We know that MVG can be beaten and on those occasions his opponent will deliver at a superb price and there will definitely be some interest in Cross who defeated the Dutchman at the semi final stage of the PDC Worlds.

Van Gerwen starts as favourite at a short best of 8/15 with SportingBet while the draw is the second option on the list at 21/5 with MarathonBet. Victory for ‘Voltage’ Cross rounds things off here at 23/5 with 188Bet.

Finishing Off

If Daryl Gurney can win earlier in the evening then the man under pressure is fourth placed Gary Anderson who will be through to the next phase if he can beat Raymond Van Barneveld. It’s been a disappointing tournament for Barney who started 2018 in decent form but he’s a danger to any player and there will be interest in the Dutchman for the final game of the night.

As the stronger darter, Anderson is a short best priced option at 7/10 with MarathonBet while Van Barneveld is available at a top price of 7/2 with Sun Bets and Betway. The draw completes our result options for the night at 15/4 with BetBright.

Verdict

We’ve slimmed down to four games for the first time this season and none of them seem to be really clear cut. Admittedly we have two short-priced odds on favourites but both Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson are up against tough opponents and their matches could be much tighter than the markets suggest.

Elsewhere, while it’s always dangerous to bet on a dead rubber it can also be profitable at times so we’re going to start our tips with the first game of the night. Simon Whitlock started this competition in top form before a mid-way slump but that victory over Gary Anderson last week suggests he’s in good touch and happy with his game.

In contrast, Peter Wright has looked demoralised for much of this season’s Premier League and slumped to another 7-1 defeat in Manchester, this time at the hands of Michael Smith. Whitlock to beat Wright is therefore the first confirmed tip.

We’re also looking for Smith to beat Gurney in a tight market. Gurney is still fighting to be involved in the latter stages of this competition but Smith has been impressive since week one and 16/11 is a decent price for the form thrower.

That leaves room for a final tip and we’ll head back to Anderson v Van Barneveld. We mentioned that Barney can be a threat but he’s already eliminated and should go down in what could still be a tight finish. Anderson to win 7-5 therefore looks good at a generous top price of 8/1 with Sky Bet.

Best Bets

  • Simon Whitlock to beat Peter Wright at 7/2 with Betway
  • Michael Smith to beat Daryl Gurney at 16/11 with MarathonBet
  • Gary Anderson to beat Raymond Van Barneveld 7-5 at 8/1 with Sky Bet

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 13

Across two nights of action in Rotterdam last week, Michael Van Gerwen lost only his second match of the Premier League campaign. MVG stays top of the table but the biggest mover of the week was Gary Anderson with two straight wins to move into second, just one point behind the leader.

Rob Cross and Michael Smith occupy the final two play off places and it’s all to play for as we move on to Manchester and week 13.

Outright Betting

Peter Wright

As always, we’ll start with a quick round up of the outright markets and while Van Gerwen suffered that defeat to Peter Wright last Wednesday, the Dutchman has actually shortened at the top of the betting and can now be backed at best odds of 3/5 with Unibet and 888Sport. Gary Anderson makes a move in the outrights and can now be picked up at a top price of 9/2 with Sky Bet and 188Bet while Rob Cross is just behind at a best of 5/1 with bet365 and BetBright.

Michael Smith is three points clear of the pack in fourth place and Bully Boy is on offer at best odds of 14/1 with William Hill and Sun Bets for the outright win before the numbers really start to ease out. The bookies clearly don’t fancy the chances of any of the chasing throwers with Peter Wright and Raymond Van Barneveld coming next at the same price of 50/1 with Boylesports and 188Bet.

Daryl Gurney is back even further at a best of 66/1 with SportingBet and our rank outsider now is Simon Whitlock at a mighty top price of 500/1 with SportingBet once again. That brings us up to date with the outright markets so what does week 13 have in store?

First Up to The Oche

Michael Smith

The night gets underway with Peter Wright against Michael Smith in what is arguably the most important match of the evening. Smith has a three-point advantage in fourth place but needs to keep winning to make the play offs while Wright has finally found form with victory over Van Gerwen followed by a 6-6 draw with Rob Cross in Rotterdam.

That return to form has made Wright favourite here and you can pick up the Scot at 17/14 with 188Bet. Victory for Smith is quoted at best odds of 24/13 with Sport Pesa while the draw completes this one at a top price of 7/2 with MarathonBet.

Next up is the match between Daryl Gurney and Michael Van Gerwen. MVG had that mixed week in his native Holland while Gurney had an impressive second night, demolishing Simon Whitlock by seven legs to one and recording the most 180s of the evening in the process.

For Manchester this week, the market for this game is a predictable one with Van Gerwen well ahead at 4/13 with 188Bet while Gurney is out at a top price of 71/10 with MarathonBet. The draw completes this tie at a best of 28/5 with 188Bet but it should be a comfortable evening for the Dutchman.

Peaking at The Right Time

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson’s surge in form will lead to renewed interest in the Flying Scotsman for this year’s Premier League title and next up he will face bottom of the table Simon Whitlock. At first glance, this should be straightforward and the bookies agree, installing Anderson as clear favourite at best odds of 1/3 with Betway and SportingBet while victory for Whitlock is some way behind at a top price of 71/10 with MarathonBet.

188Bet have the best numbers on the draw for this one at 28/5 but this is another match that should go with the favourite.

Our fourth match of week 13 is between Raymond Van Barneveld and Rob Cross and while he starts as favourite here, Cross picked up just one point from two matches in Rotterdam so there will be some interest in the outsider. The current PDC World Champion can be picked up at 4/5 with Unibet and Betway while Barney is available at 49/18 with MarathonBet. Finally, the draw is listed at 7/2 with bet365 and William Hill.

Doubling Up

Michael van Gerwen

Michael Smith and Michael Van Gerwen are the men who have to play twice this week and their match will close out the week’s action in Manchester. As we’ve seen in recent weeks with this type of game, not all of the usual bookies have declared prices this far in advance and you may want to wait until Thursday night to check on immediate form but naturally, the market that is available has MVG ahead.

A win for Van Gerwen is currently available at best odds of 4/11 with SportingBet with the draw at 11/2 with Betway and victory for Smith the outside option at 25/4 with Sport Pesa.

Verdict

While we have seen some upsets in the closing stages of this season’s Premier League, a number of this week’s matches look fairly straightforward. Michael Van Gerwen should win comfortably against Daryl Gurney while a belated return to form suggests that Gary Anderson will breeze through his tie with bottom of the table Simon Whitlock.

By all means look to take a small profit on the favourites in those two matches but there should be some value elsewhere. The final game of the evening between Michael Smith and Michael Van Gerwen could be seen as having some potential for the outsider with MVG stuttering a little in Rotterdam and Smith enjoying a productive tournament overall.

We think Van Gerwen will come through but in a tight game, a Correct Score of 7-4 in favour of the Dutchman looks strong at 6/1 with Unibet.

In terms of backing a straight win, Cross to beat Barney has one of the better prices of the evening. ‘Voltage’ was subdued last week while RVB was lifted by a home crowd but we expect Cross to deliver at that 4/5 with Betway.

Our final tip goes back to the correct score and with Simon Whitlock and Gary Anderson heading in different directions in the table, Anderson to win 7-2 rounds off what we hope will be a profitable night at 6/1 with bet365.

Best Bets:

  • Michael Van Gerwen to beat Michael Smith by 7-4 at 6/1 with Unibet
  • Rob Cross to beat Raymond Van Barneveld at 4/5 with Betway
  • Gary Anderson to beat Simon Whitlock 7-2 at 6/1 with bet365

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 12

This week’s Premier League Darts schedule gives us a double header in Rotterdam with ten games split across Wednesday and Thursday. As we look ahead to the action in Holland, things are starting to follow a pattern with the best darters pulling away and seemingly destined for the play offs.

There’s a lot to get through this week so we’ll briefly update the outright betting before bringing you the pick of the odds from Rotterdam.

Outright Market

Michael van Gerwen

Michael Van Gerwen continues to pull clear at the top of the table and after his 7-1 demolition of Simon Whitlock last time out, MVG remains at best odds of 1/2 to win the title in 2018, this time with Unibet and William Hill. Rob Cross continues to impress and after edging past Michael Smith in Sheffield, ‘Voltage’ is on offer at a top price of 5/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.

Third favourite is Gary Anderson who beat Peter Wright comfortably and may just be peaking after a slow start to the tournament. Anderson is available at a best of 13/2 with bet365 and William Hill before the prices really start to drift.

Michael Smith lost narrowly to Cross last week but it’s been a positive campaign for Bully Boy and he will attract some interest at his best odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes and BetBright. Daryl Gurney has enjoyed a productive couple of weeks and following his most recent win over Raymond Van Barneveld, he is quoted at 33/1 with William Hill.

Peter Wright played twice last week and after defeat by 7-2 to Gary Anderson, Snakebite recovered to beat Barney by the same scoreline. Wright is quoted at 60/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa for the title and the same bookmakers conclude the outright betting with 80/1 on both Van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock.

Wednesday

Wednesday night’s schedule in Rotterdam gives us the following games:

Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Raymond Van Barneveld v Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright v Michael Van Gerwen
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson

Peter Wright

Wright vs Van Gerwen is a repeat of last year’s Premier League final but based on current form, MVG looks an obvious pick at best odds of 3/8 with MarathonBet. Form should also see Cross take the points against Gurney and the World Champion’s best price of 10/11 with Betway offers a little more value.

The rest of the games could be very tight with no clear favourite as far as we are concerned. Our first confirmed tip therefore comes from the opening game of the night where Michael Smith is the outsider at 5/2 with Unibet. Anderson is odds on at a top price of 19/20 with SportingBet while the draw can be picked up at a best of 7/2 with Betway.

Anderson is the better player but, while he’s been extremely successful in tournament play outside of the Premier League, this has been a very mixed event for the Flying Scotsman. If form dictates the winner, Smith would give a generous profit in this week’s opener.

Of the remaining two games, we’ll look at Whitlock v Barney where the two strugglers are battling to stay in touch with the leading pack. Odds against prices are available on all three outcomes here with RVB favourite at 13/10 with MarathonBet while Wizard Whitlock is at 9/5 with Unibet and the draw at 10/3 with bet365.

Barney lost both his games last week but he should get some inspiration in front of a passionate crowd. Check out YouTube to see just what kind of reception Van Barneveld gets in Rotterdam and maybe you’ll agree that he can’t fail to be lifted to the win.

Thursday

Thursday night’s schedule is as follows:

Simon Whitlock v Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross v Peter Wright
Michael Van Gerwen v Raymond Van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock

Raymond Van Barneveld

You can, of course, wait until Wednesday night’s results come through in order to get a better idea of form but the following prices will obviously alter and we may not see quite so much value.

The Dutch crowd will be rewarded as fellow countrymen Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld go head to head but this time it should be MVG who responds to a noisy arena. Once again, you can take a small profit on Mighty Mike at best odds of 1/3 with SportingBet but there are better options as we move through the remainder of the card.

Cross versus Wright is perhaps another obvious one but the reigning PDC World Champion has quite a reasonable best price of 13/15 with SportingBet as he prepares to face an out of form opponent. The first pick, however, is from the first match of the evening as Michael Smith faces Simon Whitlock. If he does lose to Van Barneveld on Wednesday as we predict, Whitlock should find it tough to respond as he loses touch with the league leaders and Smith carries a reasonable odds on price of 10/11 with Sky Bet.

There are a number of options for our final tip of the week but we’ll go back to the all-Dutch tie between Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld. Van Gerwen has proved that he can be beaten but on the whole he has been dominant in this competition and seems the most likely overall winner.

Barney should get a lift from a victory on Wednesday night but overall form suggests a comfortable night for his opponent so we’re going for a correct score of 7-2 in favour of Van Gerwen which is listed at a top price of 7/2 with Coral and Ladbrokes.

A number of bookmakers have yet to offer prices for Thursday night’s schedule so you can always wait until the morning of these matches but these are our confirmed tips at this early stage. Patterns are emerging as the play offs loom so, on the whole, we are going with form here but have tried to pick the best value prices on what will hopefully prove to be a profitable couple of days in Rotterdam.

Best Bets:

Wednesday April 18:

  • Michael Smith to beat Gary Anderson at 5/2 with Unibet
  • Raymond Van Barneveld to beat Simon Whitlock at 13/10 with MarathonBet

Thursday April 19:

  • Michael Smith to beat Simon Whitlock at 10/11 with Sky Bet
  • Michael Van Gerwen to beat Raymond Van Barneveld by a Correct Score of 7-2 at 7/2 with Coral

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 11

Judgement Night in this season’s Premier League turned out to be an emotional evening with the passing of darts legend Eric Bristow who had been in attendance at the Liverpool Echo Arena earlier in the day.

The events rather masked a thrilling evening of entertainment but the game goes on and after our first round of eliminations, we have just eight names left in the hat for 2018. Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price had, for some time, looked the most likely players to be eliminated and with that being confirmed, we’ll now look ahead at the adjusted outright betting for those that remain.

Outright Options

Michael van Gerwen

There’s no change at the top of the betting and after another win for Michael Van Gerwen, the Dutchman remains hot favourite to take the PDC Premier League in 2018 at best odds of 1/2 with Betway and Sun Bets. Rob Cross also won, edging out Gary Anderson with a 7-5 scoreline and the reigning World Champion is now available at a top price of 9/2 with most bookmakers including bet365 and 10Bet.

Anderson remains in the hunt despite a mixed group stage so far and the Flying Scotsman will interest a few punters at his top price of 7/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. Next up is Michael Smith who recorded only the ninth whitewash in Premier League history with a 7-0 win over Raymond Van Barneveld. Smith has been impressive since the very start of this tournament and is now available at best odds of 14/1 with Betway and 188Bet.

Daryl Gurney

Odds start to drift from this point and we now have four throwers who have progressed to the next phase without ever really impressing or looking like they might take the title. We start with Daryl Gurney who drew his fifth game of the campaign last week and after that 6-6 result against Peter Wright, he can be taken in the outright betting at a best price of 40/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa.

Wright, who has experienced four draws and some heavy defeats, is out of form right now and has therefore drifted to 45/1 with Unibet and 888Sport. That just leaves Raymond Van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock, both of whom sit as outsiders at the same best odds of 50/1 with bet365 and 188Bet.

With Price and Suljovic playing no further part in the tournament, those are our eight remaining darters but what will they face in Sheffield on Thursday night?

First Up

Raymond Van Barneveld

We may have lost two throwers but we still have five games this week with Raymond Van Barneveld and Peter Wright scheduled to play twice. First to the Oche is Barney as he takes on Daryl Gurney and we have a tight market for this one with Gurney just ahead at best odds of 16/11 with Sport Pesa.

Victory for Van Barneveld is offered up next at a top price of 13/8 with Ladbrokes and Coral while the draw is available at a best of 10/3 with bet365 and Betway. Both men have got to the second phase with modest records and with Gurney recording five draws already, a 6-6 scoreline may well be on the cards.

Peter Snakebite Wright

Peter Snakebite Wright is also something of a draw specialist in 2018 with four tied games but he is the outside bet as he takes on fellow Scot Gary Anderson. It’s a fairly tight market however with Wright available at 12/5 with bet365 and Betway with Anderson moving into odds-on territory at a best of 10/11 with 10Bet.

The draw is on offer here at a top price of 15/4 with bet365 and with neither darter looking particularly impressive in the early groups, 6-6 could come into play here.

Enter the Favourite

Simon Whitlock

Simon Whitlock started the 2018 renewal with a run of straight wins but the Australian could be in for a tough evening as he takes on the league leader Michael Van Gerwen. The odds setters certainly back up that theory with Whitlock quoted at best odds of 10/1 with Betway and SportingBet while MVG is down at 2/9 with Sport Pesa.

The draw comes in here at a top price of 15/2 with Unibet and Coral but based on form and quality, it’s hard to argue with those numbers.

Finishing Off

Rob Cross

If the form guide is anything to go by, the clash between Rob Cross and Michael Smith should be the game of the night. Smith started the groups with a run of straight wins and while Cross started his first Premier League with two straight defeats, the World Champion recovered to go on a winning streak of his own.

Smith is buoyant after his 7-0 demolition of Van Barneveld last time out but the market isn’t as tight as we might have expected. Cross is odds on with most outlets and available at best odds of Even Money with William Hill and BetFred while Smith follows on at a top price of 12/5 with bet365 and Unibet.

The draw is available at a best of 7/2 with Betway and while this one looks tough to predict, there should certainly be some value if we can call it correctly.

Returning to the oche for the last game of the night are Raymond Van Barneveld and Peter Wright. Now it may make sense to wait until they both play earlier in the evening so that you can check on immediate form but the following prices should change depending on the outcomes of those opening matches.

Currently, Wright is the favourite at best odds of 23/17 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa while Barney is fairly close behind at a top price of 19/10 with SportingBet. The draw rounds this one off at a best of 7/2 with Betway.

The price on Barney as the outsider is tempting but not all bookies have declared yet and like those absentees, we would prefer to wait until the two men play earlier in the evening before we commit.

Verdict

Of the four opening matches, Van Gerwen should breeze past Simon Whitlock and hopefully leave his phone in his pocket as he does so. The rest should be pretty close however with plenty of value in prospect.

Our first stop is at the game between Gary Anderson and Peter Wright and while neither man is in great touch, Wright has been particularly disappointing while Anderson has been in top form away from this tournament. Anderson to win carries decent odds but we’ll be braver and go for a Correct Score of 7-2 over Wright which is at 15//2 with Unibet.

In the Cross versus Smith game, there are good options for both throwers but while it’s tempting to go with the outsider, Cross is showing signs of his World Championship form and is our tip to win at that Even Money price

That just leaves Gurney v Van Barneveld and Barney comes here on the back of that 7-0 drubbing from Michael Smith. The veteran Dutchman also has the prospect of playing two games on the night which won’t suit him given his current form.

There are some good prices in the correct score betting with 7-5 to Gurney looking good at 11/2 with 888Sport but as he’s already odds against for the win, we’ll play safer this time and just back Gurney for the points.

Best Bets:

  • Gary Anderson to beat Peter Wright 7-2 at 15/2 with Unibet
  • Rob Cross to beat Michael Smith at Even Money with William Hill
  • Daryl Gurney to beat Raymond Van Barneveld at 16/11 with Sport Pesa

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 10

After some intense weeks of top darting action, we are now heading to the final stages of this year’s PDC Premier League darts competition. Week 10 in Liverpool is judgement night with some throwers facing elimination and others getting ready for the knockouts.

Last week saw a surprise result with Rob Cross going down to Daryl Gurney while most matches went with the favourites to let’s firstly see how it’s all affected the outright betting for the 2018 edition.

Clear Leader

Michael van Gerwen

Rob Cross’ defeat sees Michael Van Gerwen shorten at the top of the market after brushing aside fellow Dutchman Raymond Van Barneveld by seven legs to two. MVG can now be backed at best odds of 1/2 with Winner Sports and William Hill while the chasing pack falls behind.

Cross remains second favourite at a top price of 5/1 with SportingBet while Gary Anderson is in third place at a best of 7/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. The impressive Michael Smith picked up another victory last time out and after defeating Gerwyn Price, ‘Bully Boy’ is at best odds of 14/1 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes.

Prices really start to drift at this point with Raymond Van Barneveld coming up next at a best of 28/1 with Ladbrokes and 10Bet. The Dutchman is in mid-table but was blown away by Van Gerwen last week and is under some pressure.

Daryl Gurney

Next up are the strugglers at the bottom of the table with Daryl Gurney quoted at a top price of 66/1 with William Hill and Simon Whitlock at that same best of 66/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Finally, the men most likely to be eliminated are Mensur Suljovic at 1000/1 with SportingBet and Gerwyn Price also at 1000/1 – this time with Boylesports.

It’s interesting to note that Suljovic is as short as 100/1 elsewhere but at those prices we will avoid them.

First Up

Simon Whitlock

Those are the outright prices ahead of week 10 and starting things off in Liverpool on Thursday night are Simon Whitlock and Gerwyn Price. It’s not the most attractive fixture on the schedule but there could be some value here with Whitlock odds on favourite at a best of 4/5 with Sun Bets and BetBright while Price is out at 3/1 with Unibet and 888Sport.

The draw is the other possibility at a top price of 19/5 with Boylesports and with neither man in great form right now, a tie at six legs apiece does have potential.

Moving on we have Raymond Van Barneveld against Michael Smith with some bookies unable to split the two players. Barney can be picked up at best odds of 7/5 with Coral and Sport Pesa but while Smith is also available in some places at 7/5, he’s marginally further back at 188Bet who have a top price of 18/11.

The draw finishes this one off at a best of 10/3 with Betway and Winner Sports and clearly this is another match with potential for value if we can call it correctly.

Match of the Night

Gary Anderson

The tightest game to call must surely be the third clash of the night with Gary Anderson and Rob Cross stepping up to the oche. Cross suffered that surprise reverse last week but had previously won five Premier League matches in a row. Anderson won another tight game against Mensur Suljovic in week 9 and while this is another tie where some bookies have the same win price for both men, the Flying Scotsman is the general favourite at best odds of 16/11 with Sport Pesa.

Cross can be picked up at 17/10 with Boylesports and the draw completes things at best odds of 10/3 with Bet365 and MarathonBet.

Finishing Off

Mensur Suljovic

The penultimate game in Liverpool is between Mensur Suljovic and Michael Van Gerwen and not surprisingly this is one clash where the bookies are hinting at a clear winner. Mighty Mike goes into this one at a best of 1/4 with Sun Bets and 188Bet while Austrian Suljovic is right out at 17/2 with Boylesports and 188Bet.

The draw is actually the second favourite option here at a top price of 13/2 with Coral and Betway and that’s an indicator suggesting that MVG should romp home.

Concluding our evening is another tight one between Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright. Gurney recorded that win last week but it’s been a slow tournament overall while Wright has endured a wretched competition, ending a run of heavy defeats with a 6-6 draw with Simon Whitlock last time out.

As for the market, Wright is fairly clear at the top at best odds of 6/5 with Unibet and 888Sport while Gurney follows at 15/8 with BetBright and 188Bet. The draw, meanwhile, is available at a top price of 7/2 with Betway.

Verdict

With the exception of the Suljovic versus Van Gerwen clash, we have four very tight games here and some potential for nice profits at the end of the night. Correct score betting will be popular with the chances of 7-5 and 6-6 results looking particularly high but with so many odds against options this Thursday, we’ll be staying with the straight results.

First up, it may seem an unlikely bet to take Gerwyn Price who is without a win after eight Premier League matches. However, his opponent Simon Whitlock has slumped after a bright opening and Price has the potential to beat anyone if he is at the top of his game.

Next, we’ll keep faith with Michael Smith who has given us some decent returns in this tournament and should continue his run of form against Raymond Van Barneveld whose big defeat to Van Gerwen last week suggests he may be running out of steam towards the end of a long tournament.

Finally, with his place in the next round on the line, we’re tipping Peter Wright to find his touch again as he takes on Daryl Gurney. Snakebite is the favourite but at 6/5 he offers some value on what we hope will be a profitable evening.

Best Bets

  • Gerwyn Price to beat Simon Whitlock at 3/1 with Unibet
  • Michael Smith to beat Raymond Van Barneveld at 18/11 with 188Bet
  • Peter Wright to beat Daryl Gurney at 6/5 with 888Sport

Premier League Darts 2018 Betting: Week 9

As we move deeper into this season’s PDC Premier League darts tournament, we’ll soon be at the stage where we say goodbye to the weakest players in the section. After week 8, the table is really starting to take shape and for those at the bottom of the table, it’s the time where every match is a ‘must win’.

For week 9, we move across to Belfast and a round of crucial matches but for those safe at the top of the ladder, the focus starts to turn to the play offs and the ultimate prize.

Outright Betting

Michael van Gerwen

As always, we’ll start by rounding up the outright win market and after yet another victory, Michael Van Gerwen remains secure at the top of the betting and you can now claim the Dutchman at best odds of 8/15 with Sun Bets.

Rob Cross is also in a rich vein of form and after a fifth straight victory, the World Champion is the second favourite at a top price of 9/2 with bet365 and Winner Sports. Gary Anderson is fifth in the table but after beating Simon Whitlock last week, the Flying Scotsman is our third favourite at best odds of 8/1 with Boylesports while Michael Smith now moves to fourth favourite at 16/1 with Coral.

Raymond Van Barneveld

Raymond Van Barneveld demolished Peter Wright last week and Barney can now be backed at a top price of 22/1 with Coral and Winner Sports while Wright is the biggest mover. A beaten finalist last year, there was some support for Snakebite at the start of the tournament but following a third straight defeat by the same 7-1 scoreline, the Scot has now drifted to a best of 40/1 with Sun Bets for the outright win.

Peter Wright is now second from bottom of the table after a dreadful start to the campaign and we now continue with throwers who have plenty of work to do to make sure they are through to the next phase. Those players include Simon Whitlock who has drifted after a strong start to the season and the Wizard can now be found at best odds of 66/1 with bet365 and MarathonBet in the outright betting.

Daryl Gurney won last week and can also be backed at 66/1 with most bookmakers but elsewhere, he’s available at a top price of 80/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. Mensur Suljovic is third from bottom, on the same points tally as Peter Wright, and he is available at a best of 200/1 with Sun Bets and Coral and then we come to Gerwyn Price, bottom of the league and most likely to be eliminated on ‘Judgement Night’. Price can be backed by brave punters at best odds of 2000/1 with SportingBet.

That’s the latest state of play with the outright betting so let’s now take a look at our schedule for week 9.

First Up to the Oche

Mensur Suljovic

Some darts bettors will see potential in the first game of the evening as Mensur Suljovic takes on Gary Anderson. Austrian Suljovic had a dreadful start to the 2018 Premier League and has dropped back after a brief revival so, he is the outsider here at best odds of 4/1 with Unibet and BetFred. The draw is also available at a top price of 4/1 with Betway and MarathonBet and that all leaves Anderson as hot favourite at 10/17 with Sport Pesa.

While the odds go with the better thrower, Anderson’s form is shaky right now and there may just be potential for an upset.

Following on we have Michael Smith versus Gerwyn Price and a game between two men who have experienced contrasting fortunes this season. Smith keeps picking up wins and has only lost to the two best players in the tournament while Price is without a victory and has just two points by virtue of two drawn matches.

It’s therefore a very predictable market for this one with Smith the clear favourite at best odds of 14/19 with Sport Pesa and Price out at a best of 3/1 with Sky Bet and Unibet. Finishing off is the draw at 4/1 with bet365 but this is one where the bookies look to have called correctly.

Double Dutch

Our two throwers from the Netherlands come along next as Raymond Van Barneveld takes on his compatriot Michael Van Gerwen. Barney has enjoyed a good overall start to 2018 and is fourth in the Premier League table right now so may attract some interest at best odds of 13/2 with Boylesports.

Needless to say, MVG is the hot favourite for this one at a top price of 4/11 with MarathonBet and Sport Pesa while the draw drops in at a best of 11/2 with bet365 and BetBright. It certainly could be closer than the market suggests so we’ll look at the correct score betting shortly but with Van Gerwen establishing a lead at the top of the table, we expect the favourite to take the points.

Next up is Daryl Gurney versus Rob Cross in another match where the bookies have identified a clear favourite. PDC World Champion Cross is currently listed at 11/18 with Sport Pesa while Gurney is out at a top price of 4/1 with Sky Bet. The draw is only slightly further back at best odds of 41/10 with 188Bet and Cross’ run of five straight wins in this tournament makes him the obvious choice.

Finishing Off

Peter Wright

The last match of the evening sees Peter Wright make an attempt to drag himself away from the elimination places as he takes on Simon Whitlock. Ordinarily, Wright would carry a short, odds on price for this match but after three straight 7-1 defeats, the Scot remains favourite but at an odds against figure of 11/10 with MarathonBet.

A win for Wizard Whitlock is available at 11/5 with Ladbrokes while the draw finishes off the night at a best of 15/4 with bet365 and BetBright. Clearly there is going to be some value in this match but where will it land?

Verdict

We lost out by backing Wright last week but are tempted to get behind Snakebite again. He’s been in a dismal run of form, it’s true, but surely he will soon find the quality that got him to the final in 2017. He doesn’t become a bad player overnight and with the prospect of elimination hanging over him, we think it’s time for Wright to pick up points once again.

Elsewhere, we think that the only potential upset could come in the match between Suljovic and Anderson at the top of the bill. The Austrian has been wildly inconsistent while the Scot has just been subdued so we’ll opt for an Anderson win by a close(ish) 7-4 scoreline which is on offer at excellent best odds of 7/1 with SkyBet.

We usually offer three tips so will finish with another side bet on a week where the result betting is low in terms of value. Michael Smith is a short option to beat Gerwyn Price but you can improve on his win odds by taking Bully Boy to hit the most 180s which is at an improved 9/10 with Sun Bets.

Best Bets

  • Peter Wright to beat Simon Whitlock at 11/10 with MarathonBet
  • Gary Anderson to beat Mensur Suljovic 7-4 at 7/1 with SkyBet
  • Michael Smith to hit the Most 180s against Gerwyn Price at 9/10 with Sun Bets