More often than not the host players are merely cannon fodder and that proved the case yesterday to an extent. All of the PDC regulars progressed but with varying degrees of difficulty. Gerwen Price, Michael Smith and Gary Anderson were all taken to 6-4 and Peter Wright was taken to a decider by Jeff Smith. Michael van Gerwen had darts to go 4-0 up against Young but before he knew it the score was 4-4. The Green Machine went AWOL for a while but just managed to switch back on again to take the victory.
The World Series, as you’d expect, takes in Europe, America, Asia and Australasia and since Phil Taylor’s retirement wins have been spread out across a number of players. For whatever reason Michael van Gerwen does not always fare well when the tour gets out of Europe. Although he won the Auckland Darts Masters last year he was unsuccessful in the US, Shanghai, Melbourne and Brisbane. Mensur Suljovic won in Germany and James Wade won the grand Final. It’s clear that he struggles but he is nearly always an automatic odds-on favourite with every bookmaker.
We’re going to take him on and we’ve requested odds for the field against him with Betfred and William Hill. If they come through at around the even money mark we’ll back that for 2 points. Having every other player on our side at that price would represent excellent value. Should that not happen before the ITV4 coverage starts at 7:45 this evening we’ll go for Daryl Gurney on the outright market instead.
Gurney was one of the more impressive winners yesterday and is in the better half of the draw. MVG faces Michael Smith and then the winner of the Price v Anderson match. Smith is struggling but has the ability to win but it’s the other two who would be on our side here. Price and Anderson nearly came to blows last time they played so this tie could be explosive. If Anderson wins he’s always been one of the players you’d want to take on van Gerwen. Price hit a 9 darter last week so is not to be underestimated either.
Gurney will play Peter Wright who narrowly qualified yesterday, hopefully followed by the winner of the match between Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall. Cross is the default second favourite in most events these days so his odds are not appealing despite his 6-0 win yesterday. 14/1 represents a good price overall for Gurney with those obstacles in the way so we’re taking that each way with Betfed if we aren’t able to back the field.
How we placed our bet
Event: Darts – US Masters
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Field v van Gerwen or Daryl Gurney
Odds: Circa evens for the field or 14/1 Gurney
Stake: 2pts the Field or 0.25pt each way for Gurney
Published on: Jul 5, 2019 @ 14:06