The darts events are coming thick and fast right now and the European Championship starts tonight with coverage on ITV4.
The event is in Germany and the local crowd is renowned for its vociferous support of domestic players but none have made it this time so that shouldn’t be a factor. The players taking part have qualified from playing the European Tour events and the seedings may look unusual for that reason. We’re also missing players like Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld as their attendance at qualifying events was insufficient to earn the required points.
Michael van Gerwen won again at the weekend and as expected is a short favourite here. However, as per his win in Dublin there were at least two matches where he could easily have been sent packing. The final was a heartbreaker for Peter Wright who played brilliantly all weekend but missed three darts at double 12 to take the title. MVG cleaned up as a result and will be hoping to make it three TV titles on the spin.
As usual though the combination of his odds and his performances, despite ultimately winning the trophies, mean that we won’t be backing him this time. If we’d backed him for every event this year, mostly around the evens mark or odds-on, we’d be well down right now so we’re after some value elsewhere.
You can’t move for quality in this field and any player you like the look of has a major stumbling block in his path, either in the first round or soon after. The opening matches are also first to six legs which mean that a slow start can be very costly and it’s at this stage that MVG is his most vulnerable. A number of players showed great promise last weekend and put themselves in our thoughts but overall we like the look of Glen Durrant at 25/1.
Durrant has been a revelation since leaving the BDO as three times champion and he looks a lively contender for both this and the World Championship in December. He’s in a part of the draw we’d normally shy away from but we believe he has what it takes to overcome that. The second round could well see him face Michael van Gerwen but MVG has not yet managed to beat him. The sample size is small but Durrant leads with two wins to nil. These are not wins from the dim and distant BDO past either but in the PDC this year. Rob Cross could also be on the horizon but only two weeks Durrant knocked him out of the World Grand Prix.
It’s a high class field and as usual you can make or break cases for just about everyone. Durrant has the class and recent results against two of the favourites for the tournament though and that’s why we’re on him for half a point each way with Betfred.
How we placed our European Championship bet
Event: Darts – European Championship
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Glen Durrant
Stake: 0.5pt Each-way
Published on: Oct 6, 2019 @ 05:30