The 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt on Thursday and Unibet darts betting punters are already siding heavily with the Dutch.
Netherlands’ world no 1 Michael van Gerwen teams up with Raymond van Barneveld as they seek a third World Cup triumph since the tournament’s inception in 2010.
But there are plenty of nations out there ready to stop Netherlands. So here’s everything you need to know before betting on the World Cup of Darts.
How the 2017 World Cup of Darts works
There are 32 teams in the World Cup of Darts, which is a straight knockout competition. Only eight countries are seeded: Netherlands, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Northern Ireland, Austria and Belgium.
Hosts Germany — a darts-mad nation — are unseeded along with the likes of Hungary, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Two-time world champion John Part represents Canada, proof that there is some stellar talent in the unseeded ranks.
Thirty-two teams means there are four rounds until the final on Sunday 4 June. First-round matches are best-of-nine, or first to five legs. The final is best-of-15 legs.
Matches start on Thursday 1 June, with the quarters, semi-final and final on the Sunday.
World Cup of Darts winning bets
England and Netherlands lead the betting for the World Cup of Darts champion, but Scotland are also in the running. Gary Anderson and Peter Wright have been on solid form in recent weeks and were it not for Michael van Gerwen these two would both have won major trophies this season. Together they are better than Van Gerwen and Barneveld’s partnership. Scotland are 2.50 to win the World Cup.
Indeed, England are out at 7.00 to win. This is largely due to the fact Phil Taylor is not competition. Adrian Lewis instead has debutant Dave Chisnall alongside him. England are second seeds and could meet Netherlands in the semi-finals.
As for the Dutch, Van Gerwen will need Van Barneveld to be on top form if they are to win the title they lost to Taylor and Lewis last year in the final. The problem is Barney is an erratic player at times. His disappointing inconsistency hampered his Premier League of Darts campaign and at 2.10 the Dutch, although favourites, are not a great price to win the World Cup of Darts.
Bet on darts
First-round matches at the World Cup of Darts will be fun this year. There is little to no track record for teams such as China and Poland, so picking winners is tricky.
The smart bet is the side with the seeds to all progress through to the second round. As an eight-fold combination bet €10 will earn you €31.
However, if you fancy some live in-play darts betting then Brazil, making their debuts, at 1.73 to beat Switzerland is a great shout. Northern Ireland at 1.40 to beat Germany could have better odds considering the Germans have the home crowd, but NI should be fine here.
And Canada’s Part is a talisman many countries would love to have. They are 1.57 to beat Hungary.