The World Series of Darts is now in Melbourne with Michael van Gerwen on his worst run for years. For most of 2019 he’s been an odds-on favourite for every event but he’s as big as 2/1 to win the title this weekend. We’ve tried to take advantage of his poor form when possible but it won’t be long until he’s backable once more. That time is not now though, we’ll need to see something more from MVG before we can side with the Dutchman again and the draw has not been kind this week. Full details are below with seedings:
(1) Peter Wright v Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
(4) Michael van Gerwen v Tim Pusey
Gary Anderson v James Bailey
(2) Rob Cross v Robbie King
James Wade v Damon Heta
(3) Daryl Gurney v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Mick Lacey
If things go to plan, and they certainly didn’t last week, van Gerwen would have to beat Gary Anderson, Wright and Cross to lift the trophy this weekend. While eminently possible if he’s on form that looks too big a task at the moment at his current odds. Equally, given how Wright and Anderson performed last week we can’t side with them either. Barney is all at sea currently too so if we had to pick anyone from that side it would be Corey Cadby. Although wiped out by Gary Anderson last week, Cadby is a bit like the Borg from Star Trek, he absorbs and he adapts and he will surely be a bigger threat in Melbourne.
The other half of the draw sees unlikely Brisbane champ Damon Heta, still available at 66/1 in places, take on James Wade in the first round – a rematch from last week. We backed Wade on the outright then and he probably should have won but Heta took out 164 to force a decider which he took comfortably. While it looked a bad result at the time Heta went on to beat Gary Anderson, Whitlock and Cross to take the title. He was given chances in every match which he seized superbly but a repeat win would need a fair amount of luck to come his way again.
We will stick on this side of the draw though. Wade may get revenge for last week’s defeat but the performance then gives us enough concern to leave him for now. Should he progress he will probably take on Rob Cross who has his own regrets about last week’s final. Cross is however playing extremely well and is finally justifying his position in the market. He’s also beaten Wade twice in the last three matches including the big one in the Premier League semi-final. Victory for him could see him meet Daryl Gurney again who he beat 8-3 last time out.
In summary then we’ll take Cross at 4/1 and have a smaller go on Cadby at 33/1, both with Sport Nation.
How we placed our bet
Event: Melbourne Darts Masters
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Rob Cross and Corey Cadby
Odds: 4/1, 33/1
Bookie: Sport Nation
Stake: 0.5pt, 0.25pt
Published on: Aug 16, 2019 @ 06:41