The 2017 Unibet Champions League of Darts gets underway in Cardiff this Thursday and it’s the one all the top players want to win.
Darts betting fans are backing Michael van Gerwen to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts for a first time after he lost out to Phil Taylor in the inaugural tournament last year.
This is no ordinary darts tournament, as was proved last year. The league format can cause a few surprises and then it’s a straight knockout.
The Unibet Champions League of Darts has attracted the world’s very best darts players and everyone will be gunning to try and topple first seed Van Gerwen.
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen is the oche master everyone looks up to. The Dutchman has won practically everything there is to win in the sport — but the Unibet Champions League of Darts has alluded him.
Van Gerwen is 1.83 favourite to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts and a good bet at that price. In most other tournaments his price drops to around 1.70.
Van Gerwen arrives in Cardiff having won his last two tournaments — the Dutch Darts Masters and the German Darts Grand Prix — after returning to the oche following the birth of his child. He is the man everyone wants to beat. He can be stopped.
Bet on Unibet Champions League of Darts Group A
Van Gerwen leads a star-studded Group A at the Unibet Champions League of Darts. Defending champion Phil Taylor is the second favourite to top the pool and is seeded fourth in the torment. They are joined by Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld.
Taylor is 7.00 to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts, with Lewis at 26.00 and Barney way down at 36.00. But big match in this group is of course Van Gerwen v Taylor.
In play darts betting live for the Unibet Champions League of Darts has Taylor at 1.32 to beat Lewis in their opening match. Van Gerwen is 1.16 to beat Van Barneveld as the two Dutchmen go head to head on the oche.
Bet on Unibet Champions League of Darts Group B
Group B of the Unibet Champions League of Darts pits Scottish duo Gary Anderson and Peter Wright together. These guys would have won many more trophies over the last three years had Van Gerwen not scooped them all up! Anderson and Wright are second and third seeds respectively, with the PDC’s top eight completed by fellow Group B contenders Dave Chisnall and Mensur Suljovic.
Suljovic has worked hard on the European circuit to improve his ranking but is the rock-bottom outsider at 41.00 to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts. He is a persistent performer on the circuit but by no means a challenger for the title here.
Anderson, at 6.00, is maybe the best alternative bet to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts if you’re not fancying Van Gerwen. But he would likely have to play Taylor in the semi-final and then Van Gerwen in the final. That is a tough ask for a player who can suffer dramatic dips in form.
In play darts betting for Group B should see Anderson beat Suljovic at 1.21 in their opening game. However, darts betting fans should maybe avoid Wright v Chisnall, unless you’re playing the odds. Wright’s record against Chizzy isn’t great and the Englishman could take the spoils here at 2.70, but it’s a risk.