The Shanghai Darts Masters gets underway this week and the PDC big boys are ready to go.
Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to defend his title in only the second Shanghai Darts Masters ever!
We will also see the veteran Paul Lim once again play on the main darts stage, with the Singaporean flying over eyeing another shock after his heroics at the World Cup of Darts.
Here are the best betting tips for the Shanghai Darts Masters…
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen beat James Wade 8-3 in the final last year and is 1.61 to win it again. He is rightly the favourite, coming into this tournament having won plenty of the major titles already this season.
Van Gerwen does, however, has his flaws. The Dutchman spectacularly lost 6-2 to England’s Rob Cross in the European Darts Open last week. That was a dramatic third-round exit for Van Gerwen, who is accustomed to reaching finals and winning them.
It shows he can be beaten, and Unibet darts betting fans should keep an eye out for big odds when Van Gerwen is in action. Van Gerwen was far from his best in Shanghai last year, averaging over 100 in just two of his four matches. That is very unlike the world champion.
But, let’s face it, he’s a clear favourite for a reason. It’s worth backing him to win at these odds now, as they will only drop closer to the tournament start.
Bet on Shanghai Darts Masters
Other than Van Gerwen, the form guy heading into the Shanghai Darts Masters is Peter Wright. The Scot trumped in the European Darts Open last week, beating Mervyn King 6-2 in the final. Wright was in control throughout that tournament in Leverkusen and is 6.50 to triumph in Shanghai.
Wright is often overlooked by betting punters — mainly due to his poor majors record. But that is only poor because Van Gerwen has swept up all the titles in the last three years! Wright is a good bet but Gary Anderson, who is also 6.50 to win the Shanghai Darts Masters, is worth backing.
The reason for that is Wright and Anderson are in the bottom half of the draw, so they will likely meet in the semi-finals. Wright is the form guy but has not beaten Anderson in their last four meetings. Furthermore, Wright may have won in Germany last weekend but he’s been exiting tournaments at the last-32 and last-16 stages in recent weeks. That's too inconsistent to back him to win in Shanghai.
Anderson, on the other hand, won the recent Players Championship in Wigan and May’s Dubai Masters. He is on form and throwing well — although not to the average Van Gerwen has set recently!
Phil Taylor, at 15.00 to win the Shanghai Darts Masters, is an interest proposition. His odds certainly draw the eye. But Taylor is winding down and has not won a tournament since the Unibet Champions League of Darts last September. Stay away from the Englishman.
As for an upset, James Wade at 34.00 is a great shout. He is fourth seed and will likely play Van Gerwen in the semi-finals. But Wade reached the Shanghai Darts Masters final last year and should have a strong crowd behind him. Everyone loves an upset and Wade could provide it.