Unibet presents the Melbourne Darts Masters this week in the fifth instalment of the 2017 World Series of Darts.
And for Darts betting fans both in Europe and Down Under, we could be in for another shock result this weekend.
Last week was an all-Australian final as Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby upset the odds to make it to the showpiece match in Auckland.
The big guns Gary Anderson and Peter White were stunned by the finalists as they both crashed out in the first round.
Could this happen again in Melbourne this week? Or will darts betting fans get a return to normality? Let’s take a look at the best Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters tips.
Bet on Phil Taylor
We’re still without world No 1 Michael van Gerwen as he takes time out to be with his partner, who is expecting a child. Filling the star-studded void is Phil Taylor, the record word champion who has proved he is still going strong at the age of 57. Taylor is Down Under off the back of a superb World Matchplay victory earlier this summer and is 4.50 to win the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters.
He reached the semi-finals in Auckland before being beaten 11-8 by Cadby in a tight encounter on the oche. But the jet-lag has now gone and Taylor should be on top of his game in Australia. He is a smart bet to win this competition.
Bet on the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters
Gary Anderson remains top seed for this event despite his awful outing in New Zealand last week. The Scot is 3.50 to win the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters but his previous outing suggests those odds should really be greater. Betting on class in darts is good when you’re backing Van Gerwen, but not always wise when studying the form book of others.
Anderson is bang out of form and should be avoided here. His odds just don’t make the risk worth it.
The same can be said for Peter Wright, who is priced at 4.50 to win the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters. Compared to Taylor at the same price, a lot of faith must be shown in Wright if you think he has what it takes to win the title in Australia.
The best darts bets for the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters may be with the home boys. Kyle Anderson beat Cadby 11-10 in a thrilling final last week and the world No 28 is well placed at 19.00 to repeat his success. Cadby, meanwhile, is priced at shorter odds (12.00) than Michael Smith and Van Barneveld (both 15.00). That shows just how much faith there is in the new crop coming up from Australia.
Bet on either Cadby or Kyle Anderson to make it into the quarter-finals when betting live on the darts. From there on their task may get tricky if they come up against, for example, the class of Taylor.
But Auckland proved upsets in the World Series of Darts are out there. And a bit of wise betting can land serious profit.