Mensur Suljovic heads to the 2017 International Darts Open as a major champion after winning the Unibet Champions League of Darts last weekend.
Austrian Suljovic was not fancied for the title but stunned the Cardiff crowd to beat Gary Anderson in the final. But he’s not resting on his laurels! Suljovic is back on tour and is second seed for the International Darts Open in Riesa, Germany.
If you bet on darts this weekend at the International Darts Open you’re likely to see Suljovic’s name mentioned a lot. He is the man of the moment and all eyes will be on his when he takes to the oche.
Bet on Mensur Suljovic
Second-seed Suljovic is in the bottom half of the International Darts Open draw and has a reasonable protracted route to the quarter-finals. The Austrian is set to face 15th-seed Gerwyn Price in the third round and then Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the quarters. Suljovic and Huybrechts haven’t met so far this season but Suljovic would go into that clash having won their last two head-to-heads in 2016 and 2015.
Simon Whitlock is also in Suljovic’s half of the draw. The Australian third seed has been on and off the bit tournaments this season but has made two semi-finals over the summer months so is a contender to upset the odds here. Suljovic does, however, boast a 5-3 record over Whitlock. And all five of those victories have come in a row since 2015.
Bet on Peter Wright
Top seed Peter Wright remains favourite to win the International Darts Open Betting but he’s struggled for titles this season. The Scot hasn’t won a trophy since the European Darts Open in July and has since endured a mixed summer. However, the PDC European Tour is where he’s enjoyed most success, with four trophies. Michael van Gerwen’s absence means he’s seeded first and every time he’s reached a final on this tour he’s won.
Wright will likely face a Dutchman in the quarter-finals in either Jelle Klaassen or Benito van de Pas. He should have no problem with with opponent. But there is the potential to meet Michael Smith in the semi-finals. Wright boasts a W12 L5 record over Smith but his recent form against the Englishman reads WLWLW.
Smith himself has already won one European Tour final this year and is a good outside bet to win the International Darts Open Betting, with Wright one of the least fearsome first seeds of any draw.
Bet on darts
If you’re looking a winner for the International Darts Open Betting but can't pick out one man then nationality may help you. Michael van Gerwen’s five titles and Peter Wright’s four mean the Netherlands and Scotland are statistically good bets to back a winner.
But with Van Gerwen out and Wright bang out of form, backing an Englishman to win the International Darts Open Betting is a good bet. An Englishman has lost each of the last four European Tour finals (Smith, Mervyn King, Steve Beaton and Rob Cross). Of the seven seeded Englishmen playing in the International Darts Open Betting, three are in the top half and four the bottom, so they are evenly spread.