After five events the World Series comes to a climax in Amsterdam this weekend with coverage on ITV 4. Each invitational tournament saw the top players in the world face off against local, and in many cases well known, talent with the most successful participants being seeded in the finals. The seeds don’t play until Saturday so it’s up to the others to win their matches on Friday for the right to play them. The draw (with seedings) is below:
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price
(8) James Wade v Jones/Clayton
(5) Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic
(4) Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall
(2) Peter Wright v Evans/White
(7) Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan
(6) Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens
(3) Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock
The man of the moment right now is Rob Cross who won last week’s tournament and is second favourite for this, with MVG of course heading the market. 8/1 best price looks skinny though with Cross being inconsistent over all. This time last year James Wade won at odds of 40/1 having taken the European Championship the week before and he has many more TV titles than Cross has. His section of the draw does make some appeal but for us there look to be better spots to take rather than invest in the former World Champion at that price.
We don’t like to back van Gerwen often either and following his tame exit last week we’re not going to change now. That leaves us with the task of finding a player in a weaker section of the draw – if there is one – and finding a player who can get the better of MVG should they meet. The format for the tournament is quick in the first couple of rounds which sees MVG at his most vulnerable and his quarter is an absolute nightmare. Michael Smith and Gerwen Price meet for the pleasure of facing van Gerwen with current holder Wade next in line. We’re not going to be looking through that haystack so we move on to the next quarter.
While not as bad it’s almost as difficult to say who will come out on top between Gurney, Ratajski and Aspinall so again we’ll have to leave that alone. If Suljovic had shown more lately he might have been an option but he has not performed that well recently. We’ve looked at Rob Cross’s quarter and with a race to six legs he could struggle against Chisnall on form. Also in that quarter is Barney in possibly his final TV tournament. With the wind behind him, and certainly the Dutch crowd, Barney could be capable of anything. That’s not enough reason to back him, even at 66/1, but it’s enough to fear him as a potential spoiler in that area so again we’re going to steer clear.
The third quarter is where our eyes have been lingering most of all and that’s where our money will be going this time. This section has enough vulnerable players to warrant our taking an interest and in Jeffrey de Zwaan we have the man we want to back. He will also have the crowd behind him and has two notable TV wins against MVG on his CV to look back on should the time come. Round one versus Danny Noppert isn’t a certainty but nobody really has that luxury. Gary Anderson lost all three matches last time he was on TV and has missed so much of the year with back problems. Anderson would be next with potentially Peter Wright after – the same Peter Wright that de Zwaan knocked out last week. There’s no easy route to the title but odds of 40/1 for de Zwaan make him our each way pick this weekend.
How we placed our World Series Finals bet
Event: Darts – World Series
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: Jeffrey de Zwaan
Bookie: Sport Nation
Stake: 0.5pt Each-way
Published on: Nov 1, 2019 @ 04:42