The PDC European Matchplay gets underway in Hamburg this Friday as the European tour kicks on to its next leg.
Peter Wright has already won three of the five European Tour tournaments this season but is not favourite to win here.
That tag, of course, goes to Michael van Gerwen, who has won one European Tour event and remains the unquestionable No 1 of darts.
Van Gerwen win favourite to win the PDC European Matchplay — but there are other challengers waiting to take the Dutchman down.
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen is seeded first for the PDC European Matchplay and automatically goes into the second round, which begins on Saturday. The Dutchman is fresh from winning the Darts World Cup alongside compatriot Raymond van Barneveld and is in fine form. Indeed, Van Gerwen has already won eight tournaments in 2017 and is a sure bet to at least reach the semi-finals at the PDC European Matchplay.
PDC European Matchplay best bets
Away from Van Gerwen, Scotland’s Peter Wright is the next best bet to win the PDC European Matchplay. Wright is making headway on the European circuit and the absence of a number of his British rivals means he is a good bet to win here.
However, Wright does come into this match having lost to Singapore while representing Scotland alongside Gary Anderson at last week’s World Cup. That was a disappointing performance from both men. Anderson is not competing at the PDC European Matchplay and darts betting fans may want to keep an eye on Wright to make sure he is 100 per cent heading into this tournament.
Austria’s Mesur Suljovic, meanwhile, is a decent shout as the third seed. Suljovic is a big European player and has pedigree reaching these finals. He lost to Michael Smith in the final of last month’s Gibraltar Darts Trophy — his first final appearance so far on this tour. But expect Suljovic to make a real go at it this weekend.
In reality, Wright is the only man who can stop Van Gerwen winning this title. But live darts betting fans can still win big on the in-play markets. Benito van de Pas has already reached a final this season and could meet Van Gerwen in the semi-finals if he sees off likely opponents Joe Cullen and then Simon Whitlock.
Van de Pas has won his last three matches with Whitlock and is a good bet to do so again if these two meet in the quarter-finals.