Michael van Gerwen heads into the Unibet European Championship this weekend as heavy favourite for the title.
And rightly so. The Dutchman has won almost everything there is to win on the PDC Tour and is in great form.
Victory at the World Grand Prix topped off a decent summer for the 27-year-old, who has won six of the 10 European Tour events over the season leading up to the Unibet Championships this weekend.
But can anyone stop the big man from claiming a third straight European crown? Let’s take a look at Michael van Gerwen’s best bets.
Van Gerwen To Win The European Championship
Darts betting fans are long accustomed to Michael van Gerwen topping the odds lists and at 2.00 he is the clear favourite to win in Hasselt, Belgium. His closest rival Phil Taylor is out at 5.00 and world champion Gary Anderson at 8.00.
Van Gerwen has the form of six European titles this season under his belt, as well as being reigning champion since 2014. Since last November’s Grand Slam of Darts, Van Gerwen has won 24 tournaments. That is a staggering run of success unrivalled this season. He is worth backing on that form alone.
European Championship Combination Betting
The first round of the Unibet European Championship consists of 11 legs and Van Gerwen really shouldn’t have any problem overcoming Australian Simon Whitlock. The long game is good for Van Gerwen, who can occasionally be stumped by short-form matches where he struggles to get into a rhythm.
You can bet on the darts semi-finalists in Hasselt this weekend and Van Gerwen is a reasonable price at 1.38 to win the first quarter of the draw. Indeed, backing all four favourites in a four-way combination bet to make the semi-finals is not a bad idea.
Taylor’s biggest challenge is Austrian Mensur Suljovic — the second seed here after his stellar performances on the European Tour. But Taylor has the grit and experience to bypass Suljovic if they meet in the quarters, especially considering it will be best of 21 legs by that point.
Gary Anderson could face trouble in first-round opponent James Wade when the action starts this Friday and could also meet Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts in the quarters. But the Scot is well versed with playing under pressure and at 2.38 is a good price to win his quarter.
And Peter Wright, at 2.75, is slight favourite over Dave Chisnall to win the final quarter, which is maybe the easiest of the four. Combined, €10 on Van Gerwen, Taylor, Anderson and Wright to reach the semi-finals will earn €162.38. Not a bad payout for backing the favourites.
Van Gerwen V Whitlock Betting
Michael van Gerwen is 1.13 to beat Simon Whitlock in the first round, which is a price barely worth considering unless you’re doing a combination bet. It’s first to six in the opening round and, as good as Van Gerwen is, he won’t be winning this match 6-0.
But the Dutchman will win. Van Gerwen boasts a 20-5 record against Whitlock, which includes nine of their last 10 meetings. Eight of those were best-of-11 legs, with Whitlock winning just one encounter 6-3. That result in this month’s PDPA Players Championship Ireland will give Whitlock hope that he can spring a surprise on Van Gerwen. The Aussie is 6.00 to win this match.
However, considering the form Van Gerwen is likely to win this clash by three or four legs. A 6-2 win is priced at 4.33.
Van Gerwen Tournament Odds
Outside the Unibet European Championship, Van Gerwen is favourite to win the other major events heading into the New Year. In November we have him at 1.80 to win the Grand Slam of Darts, with rival Taylor second favourite at 7.00.
And of course the PDC World Championship is just around the corner and Van Gerwen is 1.83 to clinch that title for the first time since 2014. He has only won this illustrious crown once and the pressure is on the big man to perform.
One bet to avoid is a three-way combination of Van Gerwen winning these three tournaments. €10 will earn you just €16.59 — hardly worth the trouble really.