The World Series of Darts Finals get underway in Glasgow this weekend and it looks like this will be a thriller!
Michael van gerwen is defending champion after beating Scot Peter Wright 11-10 in last year’s gripping final.
Van Gerwen is favourite again with the Unibet darts betting odds to defend his title but the Dutchman may come unstuck again his close rivals.
Let’s take a look at the best bets over the weekend.
How The World Series Darts Works
Players must qualify for the 2016 World Series of Darts Finals by ranking in the six PDC Masters tournaments over the year. The tournaments in question are the Dubai Duty Free, Aukland, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Perth Masters.
As well as the top eight from these World Series events, the next four highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit get a place in the Finals, while four qualifying places are also up for grabs.
There are five rounds in the Finals, with the top ranked PDC players entering in the second. That is a best-of-11 game, which increases to best-of-21 by the final.
World Series Darts Finals Draw
Michael van Gerwen is top of the draw and will face either Welshman Gerwyn Price or Steve Beaton of England in his first game. Van Gerwen is projected to meet compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals — but both Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor are in the bottom half of the draw.
Taylor may have to battle past European supremo Mensur Suljovic in the second round, if the Austrian can topple Scot Robert Thornton. Sixth seed James Wade, meanwhile, may face Dutchman Benito van de Pas in the second round before a projected meeting with Taylor.
Of course, Van Gerwen is the smart bet at 1.73 to win the tournament. So heavily is he backed that you can only get 1.22 on Van Gerwen winning his quarter of the draw. Backing Van Gerwen on a combination bet with other players may be the best option.
Bet live on darts and you could see a good return on the first-round games. Suljovic is 1.55 to beat Thornton and a good price at that considering his recent form. The Austrian romped to the Unibet European Darts Championship final last month before being thrashed 11-1 by Van Gerwen. That was a learning curve and punters can expect Suljovic to bounce back strong.
Simon Whitlock, at 1.40 to beat Brendan Dolan, is an interesting price. Whitlock went out to Van Gerwen in the first round of the European Championship and has struggled of late. Dolan, meanwhile, has not fared much better either this season. But at 3.00 the Northern Irishman is certainly a tempting bet, especially as he beat Peter Wright recently in the World Grand Prix.
One tie to avoid, meanwhile, is Van de Pas v Michael Smith. The duo have roughly the same form heading into this tournament, which is effectively the odd win now and then on the major oches. They are split at 1.90 each to beat the other and not worth the risk.