This Thursday in Frankfurt at the Eissporthalle arena the sixth annual BetWay World Cup of Darts gets underway in what will be the fourth consecutive time Germany have hosted the event. As ever, there’s some good bets out there for darts fans. The opening night’s round one matches see former champions Netherlands, last year’s finalists Scotland and host nation Germany among other all set to compete. In the five years of the tournament so far, only two sides – England and the Netherlands – have ever won the tournament so it’s no surprise that those two again lead the outright tournament betting.
With England once again represented by the dominant pair Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Adrian Lewis, realistically, only the bookies’ tourney favourites The Netherlands, with the experience and quality of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld to call upon, should be able to make a challenge. The draw has been kind to both, who cannot face off against each other until the final. England, for that matter, also avoid neighbours Scotland in the earlier rounds and, despite a possible challenge from the Welsh at the semi-final stage, are very much expected to reach the final. You can place a wager on it at Betway.
Darts cheap nfl jerseys betting tip wise, basically, don’t expect too many upsets. This is especially true in the first round where it may be worth your while stacking your bets into an accumulator, where many of the picks will be odds on. There will however be some tighter matches in first round where a clever darts bet might reward the brave. Denmark V Sweden and Hungary V Thailand, both on Thursday, spring to mind.
Outside the top two, Scotland, seeded third, should make the semi-finals at the very least. With Premier League pair Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton stepping up, anything less would be a huge disappointment. Belgium, fourth in the betting, are represented by the sibling team of Kim and Ronny Huybrechts and, while unlikely to challenge the top two, could yet force a challenge to the Scots or Welsh, who will again be led by the in-form Gerwyn Price.
Other potential dark horses include Northern Ireland, fourth seeds courtesy of world No 21 Brendan Dolan and No 28 Daryl Gurney, and Australia who will be represented by Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson. Keep an eye out too for the Republic of Ireland’s pairing of William O’Connor and Mick McGowan, Canada’s John Part and Gibraltar’s Dyson Parody, if for no other reason than having the best name in the game.
Throwing for the hosts this year will be the 19 year old rising arrows star Max Hopp and Jyhan Artut, twenty years his partner’s senior, who made it as far as the quarter-finals last time out, before being beaten by eventual champions England, who, like the Netherlands, would consider anything other than beating each other in the final, an underachievement.
Lasting four days and televised live on Sky Sports, the £250,000 tournament features 32 nations, each represented by two players, contesting a mixture of Doubles and Singles matches, until the final on Sunday June 5.
Just as before, of the 32 teams competing for the cup, only the top 8 teams have been seeded in order to streamline the top teams to the tournament’s later stages. This year’s seeds are; 1. England, 2. Scotland, 3. Netherlands, 4. Northern Ireland, 5. Wales, 6. Australia, 7. Belgium, 8. Austria. This leaves the unfancied and thus unseeded 24 teams, which include Russia, Japan, Greece, Gibraltar and Spain.
Thursday begins with the first set of round one matches where Scotland take on New Zealand and Netherlands come up against Russia. Also on the night, Australia play Germany and the USA meet the Philippines.
Last year’s champions England begin their title defence on Friday with a tie against Spain, as do Wales who play Finland and Northern Ireland who take on Japan.
The full first round schedule, featuring best of nine legs doubles looks as follows:
Thursday June 2 (19:00 GMT)
Hungary v Thailand
USA v Philippines
Norway v Gibraltar
Denmark v Sweden
Belgium v Poland
Scotland v New Zealand
Netherlands v Russia
Australia v Germany
Friday June 3 (19:00 GMT)
Czech Republic v China
Greece v Canada
Republic of Ireland v Hong Kong
South Africa v Singapore
Northern wholesale jerseys Ireland v Japan
Wales v Finland
England v Spain
Austria v Italy
Saturday June 4, Afternoon Session (13:00 GMT)
The Sixteen qualifiers move on to Saturday’s second round which will be held across two sessions in the afternoon and evening. For the free next three rounds, Second, Quarter Final and Semi Final, games take the structure of two best of seven 501 Singles matches. Here, both nations nominate the order of cheap jerseys play.
Belgium/Poland v Hungary/Thailand
Northern Ireland/Japan v Republic of Ireland/Hong Kong
Wales/Finland v Greece/Canada
Austria/Italy v South Africa/Singapore
Saturday June 4, Evening Session (8pm local time)
Scotland/New Zealand v Norway/Gibraltar
Australia/Germany v Denmark/Sweden
England/Spain v Czech Republic/China
Netherlands/Russia v USA/Philippines
With the teams again halved, the quarter-finals commence cheap jerseys on Sunday June 5, whittling the teams down to four for the day’s evening session hosting of the semi-finals and final, bringing the tournament to its conclusion.
Sunday June 5, Afternoon Session (13:00 GMT)
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Sunday June 5, Evening Session (19:00 GMT)
The Final one works as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, again with both nations nominating the order in which their players compete over the first two matches. This is then followed by a best of seven leg 501 Doubles wholesale match before a Reverse Singles match takes place. The first team to win three games will be the 2016 PDC Betway World Cup Of Darts Champions.