Back Scottish Pair Wright And Anderson For Betway World Cup Of Darts Success

This Thursday at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, Scottish pair Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will look to unseat the auld enemy, England, as world cup holders. The pair, ranked two and three in the world, will be looking to take down the £300,000, four-day tournament and see off competition from 33 other two-player nations, including some countries making their first appearance as the game’s global reach continues to grow.

For England, champions in four of the past five years, Adrian Lewis, who teamed up with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor last year to lift the trophy for the English, has been dropped this time around due to poor form. Poor form is not a problem currently being experienced by his replacement Dave Chisnall, who has overseen a remarkable turnaround in performances recently. World number five, Chizzy recently moved above James Wade in the rankings following an unbeaten run in his last seven Premier League games.

Any side with world number one Michael van Gerwen in their ranks is to be feared especially one that also includes Raymond van Barneveld so look out for a strong Dutch showing here, winners twice before most recently in 2014.

Fourth seeds Wales will be represented by Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster just as they were last year, while Australia too, seeded fifth, will also be fielding their regular pair Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson. The same applies to Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan as well as Belgian brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts, while Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez will represent Austria, the last of the seeded nations.

For the first time ever Brazil will field a team at the World Cup of Darts as Alexandre Sattin and the London-based Diogo Portela lead out their team in Germany.


World Cup of Darts Betting Tips

The way the sportsbooks and betting odds have fallen look to suggest that only three nations have a realistic chance of winning the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts. The first dart is thrown this Thursday, 1st June, and will be shown live on Sky Sports 1HD.

Top seeds Scotland, with two of the world’s top three players, are involved in the opening game, a match they cannot and will not lose against Singapore. With Peter Wright and Gary Anderson their chosen pair, they have been given second favourite status and a 6/4 chance of landing the top prize, available at Bet365.

Netherlands’ pair MVG and RVB are priced at 11/10 with Betway, while at 6/1 with Skybet, England, who open against Gibraltar, are definitely worth a look, especially given their dominant record in this tournament. After this, from Australia onwards, the odds begin to drift outwards very quickly.

Some more interesting offers include; England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Netherlands all to win their first-round ties at 1.85/1 with Skybet, while a bet on the finalists at Skybet will pay out at 4/5 for a Holland v Scotland match up, while England, who due to seedings cannot meet the Dutch in the final, are 0/3 to meet the Scottish instead.

Betway World Cup of Darts

  • Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals: two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches
  • Final: two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches
  • First Round: Best of nine legs Doubles

1-8 Seeded Nations (June 1-4 and broadcast live on Sky Sports)

  • 1 Scotland – Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
  • 2 England – Adrian Lewis & Dave Chisnall
  • 3 Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
  • 4 Wales – Gerwyn Price & Mark Webster
  • 5 Australia – Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
  • 6 Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
  • 7 Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • 8 Belgium – Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts
  • Brazil – Diogo Portela & Alexandre Sattin
  • Canada – John Norman Jnr & John Part
  • China – Weihong Li & Yuanjun Liu
  • Czech Republic – Frantisek Humpula & Karel Sedlacek
  • Denmark – Per Laursen & Alex Jensen
  • Finland – Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
  • Germany – Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
  • Gibraltar – Dyson Parody & Dylan Duo
  • Greece – John Michael & Ioannis Selachoglou
  • Hong Kong – Kai Fan Leung & Royden Lam
  • Hungary – Janos Vegso & Zoltan Mester
  • Italy – Daniele Petri & Gabriel Rollo
  • Japan – Haruki Muramatsu & Yuki Yamada
  • New Zealand – Cody Harris & Rob Szabo
  • Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
  • Republic of Ireland – Mick McGowan & William O’Connor
  • Russia – Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
  • Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
  • South Africa – Devon Petersen & Deon Oliver
  • Spain – Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
  • Sweden – Magnus Caris & Daniel Larsson
  • Switzerland – Patrick Rey & Philipp Ruckstuhl
  • Thailand – Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol Eupakaree
  • United States of America – Darin Young & Larry Butler
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Michael van Gerwen Wins Darts Premier League For Third Time

World number one Michael van Gerwen was crowned the winner of the Darts Premier League for the third time in five years.

Darts Premier League finals

The conclusion of an epic evening at The O2 Arena saw the brilliant Dutchman gifted a get out of jail free card by a generous Peter Wright.

Final: Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright

Mighty Mike fought back from a 3-0 deficit and then a 7-2 deficit to steal an 11-10 victory over Wright, who once again dropped much-needed double shots – in this case a horribly frustrating six (six!) championship darts.

Heartbreak for Snakebite fans came in the 20th leg when Wright failed to land a double 16 before incredibly missing two more shots, then another three on his next visit.

Van Gerwen, who has now made the final of every Darts Premier League, is not the man you want to let back into a game. The Dutchman duly capitalised, taking full advantage and landing a double 10 before closing with a 12-darter to claim the £250,000 first prize.

Semi-final: Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

Earlier on Thursday, we also watched the semi-finals play out. The first match of the day allowed MVG to despatch the twice World Champion Gary Anderson 10-7 courtesy of a pivotal MVG break of throw late on in the match.

Anderson had taken the opener, and the game remained a tight, tense match until van Gerwen’s decisive snatch in the sixteenth leg.

Semi-final: Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Elsewhere, the Darts Premier League said goodbye to crowd favourite (and the greatest darts player of all time) Phil “The Power” Taylor as he gave way to Peter Wright.

Both The Power and the crowd had been hoping the six-time winner could claim a seventh before retirement but Wright wasn’t reading from the script and eliminated Taylor in a 10-9 victory.

Wright had romped into a 4-0 lead before Taylor showed his true class to bring the game level, preceding a break of throw that sent The Power into an amazing 9-8 lead and within touching distance of a final spot. Sadly, though, it wasn’t to be as Taylor missed a match-winning dart to allow Wright to take the final place.

Darts betting tips for Dubai Masters

Both MVG and Wright will turn out again this Wednesday in the Dubai Masters where the former is an outright winner’s price of 4/6 across the board – but for which Wright is an intriguing best price of 5/1 with SkyBet.

Phil Taylor will also be making an appearance in the Middle East this week. Bet365 are offering 14/1 on an outright win for The Power.

Dave Chisnall, who will make his World Cup debut for England next week, is an overall price of 22/1 in the same sportsbook, while James Wade can be selected for an outsider’s price of 33/1.

Anderson, for those interested, can be picked up for a Dubai tournament win for 11/2 at Betway where you will also find Raymond van Barneveld at 25/1.

Dubai Masters schedule

Wednesday’s Dubai Masters order of play is as follows:

Peter Wright takes on Dave Chsinall before MVG meets RVB in an all-Dutch clash.

This preceds a match between Anderson and Taylor before James Wade meets Gerwyn Price, 80/1 at Betway, to close the night’s opening round.

More PDC tournaments in 2017

  • Betway World Cup of Darts – Frankfurt, June 1-4
  • World Matchplay – Blackpool, July 22-30
  • Champions League of Darts – Cardiff, September 16-17
  • World Grand Prix – Dublin, October 1-7
  • European Championship – Belgium October 26-29
  • World Series of Darts Finals – Glasgow, Nov 4-5
  • Grand Slam of Darts – Wolverhampton, Nov 11-19
  • PDC World Championship 2018 – Alexandra Palace
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Phil Taylor Reaches Darts Premier League London Finals

After more than three months of top darts action, we have whittled the field down to the final four for this year’s Betway Darts Premier League.

We now know the not-so-surprising names of the players who will step out at London’s O2 Arena this Thursday and compete for the 2017 Darts Premier League title.

Darts Premier League: the last step to the final

Of course, world number one “Mighty” Michael van Gerwen heads to London having topped the table following a victory over world number two Gary Anderson, himself a qualifier, albeit in fourth place.

Anderson’s countryman Peter Wright, one place lower in the world rankings, heads into the semis as League runner-up, while the old master and six-time champion Phil “The Power” Taylor makes up the numbers as the third-place qualifier.

Phil Taylor vs Adrian Lewis

In his retirement year, Taylor made sure of a London spot, his twelfth in thirteen years, following his dismissal of fellow Englishman and Stoke local, Adrian Lewis 7-5.

It might have been different, with “The Power” finding himself 5-3 down to “Jackpot” early on. However, the old veteran was relaxed enough to claim four legs on the spin and bring the game back under his own control to condemn his rival to bottom spot.

Dave Chisnall vs James Wade

In truth, there was no pressure left on Taylor by the time he stepped up to the oche after fifth-placed Dave Chisnall failed to get the victory he needed against James Wade in the night’s opener, claiming only a disappointing tie instead.

Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

The battle between the world’s top two saw Michael van Gerwen defeat Gary Anderson, playing in front of a home crowd, 7-4. While Mike had assured qualification prior to a dart being chucked this week, he did require victory in order to bag league leader’s bonus of £25,000 for the fifth successive year.

It was a victory that was never really in doubt as the Dutchman averaged 103.56 and hit four 180s on his way to a thrilling 124 checkout on the bullseye, after which he played in cruise mode, damage very much done.

Peter Wright vs Raymond van Barneveld

The night’s biggest winning margin was chalked up Peter “Snakebite” Wright who put a tiring Raymond van Barneveld to bed 7-1. Averaging 97.27, Wright showed a deadliness that can sometimes go missing from his game as Barney consigned himself to another one of those weeks.

Darts Premier League Final Betting Tips

Now that we have reached the end of the tourney, it’s hard to look away from Mighty Mike, collector of almost every PDC trophy last year.

Even when he’s off form you need guts to bet against the imperious Dutch master. That said, sport is nothing without surprises and Peter Wright has posted some impressive recent results against the champion, not least a whitewash in the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen two weeks ago.

The semis line up in order of qualifier seedings, meaning MVG meets Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson before Peter Wright and Phil Taylor square off in the second match of the night.

A double on MVG and Wright to win at Bet365 returns almost evens and as such is very enticing.

The latest outright betting sees a best price of 1/2 on MVG which you can claim at Betway, who are also currently posting the best price on Peter Wright too at a reasonable 9/2.

Over at SkyBet, Gary Anderson finds his best value at 11/2, while for the romantics, Taylor is 11s across the board.

Betway are offering 15/8 on the tourney winner being a Scotsman which, with half of the competitors throwing under the Scottish flag, is tempting.

I like the look of the following request-a-bet from SkyBet: Michael van Gerwen & Peter Wright both to win, hit the highest checkouts and score the most 180s in their semi-finals all for 10/1.

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