The Aukland Darts Masters gets underway this week as the next leg of the World Series of Darts takes place in New Zealand.
Michael van Gerwen is not playing in the Aukland Darts Masters as his partner is due to give birth to their child. As it happens, that’s the reason Adrian Lewis isn’t making the trip!
It means the field is wide open for the Aukland Darts Masters and Unibet darts betting fans are figuring out who could emerge from the pack and claim victory here.
With no Van Gerwen, Scotland’s Gary Anderson is the favourite to win this leg of the World Series of Darts. But can he do it?
Bet on the Aukland Darts Masters winner
There are eight top seeds for this event, which starts on Thursday and which carries a winner’s share of over €43,000. Two-time world champion Gary Anderson is the favourite at 3.00 - but he has plenty of competition for the top prize.
Peter Wright (4.33) will be in the lower half of the draw and is desperate for victory as he endures a mid-summer dip of form. Wright has crashed out the US Darts Masters and Shanghai Masters at the quarter-final stages. He reached the final of the World Matchplay only to be beaten by Phil Taylor (also 4.33 to win here).
Wright should do well here but should he face Anderson in the final then it is the latter who will likely win. Anderson has won six of his last seven meetings with Wright and is rightly the favourite for the Aukland Masters.
Aukland Darts Masters betting tips
Away from the top two, a smart bet to impress is Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney (13.00). He reached the semi-finals of the World Matchplay off the back of a run to the US Darts Masters final. Gurney is a strong player and is reasonably consistent when defending his own legs. Over long-form matches he may trip up but he gave Van Gerwen a real scare in the Las Vegas final, eventually losing 8-6.
Gurney is a great outside bet to win the Aukland Darts Masters.
Also, stay away from Raymond van Barneveld (13.00). A Dutchman has reached all three World Series of Darts finals this year — but each time that’s been Van Gerwen, not Barney! He’s far too inconsistent and hasn’t reached an individual final in over a year.
Bet on Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor will play this event as he basks in the glory of his World Matchplay victory. It was a superb two weeks for Taylor and he will be looking to repeat his exploits here in Aukland. Unfortunately he’s not as consistent as he once was and is susceptible to an early exit. The best tip is to either back Taylor to lose his first match or to reach the final.
He is 4.33 to win this tournament, which is a decent enough price.