The German Darts Grand Prix gets underway this week and Michael van Gerwen is the man everyone is betting on to win.
Michael van Gerwen is back! Just days after the birth of his first child the darts World No 1 romped to victory at the Dutch Darts Masters. It was a steamroller performance from the Dutchman, who thrashed England’s Steve Beaton 6-1 in the final.
This week Van Gerwen heads to Germany seeking a fifth European Tour title of the season and a fourth in five tournaments. Only Peter Wright has won a European Tour title other than Van Gerwen since May. Can Wright or anyone else stop him? Let’s take a look at the best darts bets and tips for the weekend.
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
It’s becoming a straightforward, almost mandatory bet in darts. Michael van Gerwen is favourite to win whichever tournament he plays in. The Dutchman is in the form of his life. He’s playing the sort of darts that made a legend out of Phil Taylor. Van Gerwen is already guaranteed a seat at the darts Hall of Fame and he isn’t going to get worse any time soon.
Van Gerwen is favourite to win the German Darts Grand Prix. He is top seed for the tournament in Mannheim and has winning record against everyone in the field. The only thing that can stop him is his own game. Van Gerwen can occasionally collapse on the oche. It’s rare but it needs a strong opponent who is top of his game, even if it’s just for one hour.
Bet on the German Darts Grand Prix
Van Gerwen’s main challenger at the German Darts Grand Prix is Peter Wright. Wright has won four European Tour titles, including the most recent tournament in Germany, the European Darts Open. Scotland’s Wright cruised to a 6-2 victory over Mervin King but never averaged +100 in any of his matches. Against stronger opposition and he would have gone out.
Last week Wright lost in the Dutch Darts Masters semi-finals to Steve Beaton. Again he threw below 100 in all of his matches and that lack of consistency eventually cost him. Wright is a superb darts player but lacks that tiny bit more to get over the line on a regular basis. He is a good second favourite to win the German Darts Grand Prix… but can he beat Van Gerwen in this kind of form?
Last week’s surprise finalist Beaton enjoyed his time on the oche. It was his first final since winning the PDPA Players Championship Wigan 13 back in June. Since then Beaton has struggled to qualify for the European Tour events but grasped his opportunity in Holland.
Beaton gets his chance at the German Darts Grand Prix but it will be a hard task. He’s unseeded and so will play in the first round on Thursday. Given that he may come up against Van Gerwen early, it’s fair to say he shouldn’t be backed for another shock run to the final.
Unibet Champions League of Darts 2017
Remember that the Unibet Champions League of darts begins NEXT WEEK in Cardiff. Darts betting fans are already getting their bets on for who they reckon will win this iconic event.
There’s a €273,000 price fund up for grabs, with the winner taking home a staggering €109,000. England’s Phil Taylor won the inaugural tournament last year but will be tested to the limits this time around.
Remember, it’s a league stage followed by knockouts, with the world’s top eight players taking to the oche. Be sure to check out Unibet’s award-winning sportsbook for all the best darts odds for the Champions League.