Another week, another tournament, another win for Michael van Gerwen. This time Mighty Mike produced a tantalising display in the European Darts Trophy final where he comfortably saw off the challenge from James ‘The Machine’ Wade. The game was a repeat of this year’s European Darts Grand Prix final in Sindelfingen which lead to the same result.
The world number one, whose latest win was his 18th individual title of the season, chucked an average of 111.27 as he ran out the 8-3 winner, closing with a 170 checkout at the Lokhalle. The Dutchman also managed to land another two 100+ checkouts, five 180s while also hitting eight of his 13 attempts at doubles to put Wade firmly in his place.
During the weekend, MVG averaged over 100 in Gottingen, as he scooped his eighth European Tour title of the year so far. In total, he played five games starting with a 6-2 win over fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort. He followed this up with 6-4 victory over Stephen Bunting when he hit another five 180s during the Sunday afternoon session. MGV then kicked the evening games with a 106.53, 6-2 win over Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney.
From there, he moved on to Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith, who was seen off in a 7-2 win in the semi-finals. Mighty Mike’s opponent in the final, James Wade, was appearing in his fourth PDC final of the season and his second on the European Tour. On his way there, he beat Toni Alcinas 6-4, Darren Webster 6-3, Rob Cross 6-3 and Richard North 7-4 in the semi-finals.
It’s a quiet weekend for the big names as they look forward to next week’s European Darts Championship , which takes place at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. We will take a deeper look at the event next week but early prices on an outright win are already up.
Michael van Gerwen, 8/11, is the odds-on favourite, followed in the betting somewhat surprisingly by Mensur Suljovic who is priced at 8/1. Peter Wright is third in the betting also at 8/1, ahead of Rob Cross at 11’s, Michael Smith at 18/1 and Daryl Gurney at 22/1. All of the above prices are available at the online bookmakers Betway.
PDC Events Calendar 2018
- Oct 25 2018 – Oct 28 2018: European Championship, Westfalenhalle, Dortmund (ITV Sport)
- Nov 2 2018 – Nov 4 2018: 2018 World Series of Darts Finals, Multiversum, Schwechat, Vienna (ITV Sport)
- Nov 10 2018 – Nov 18 2018: Grand Slam of Darts, Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton (Sky Sports)
- Nov 23 2018 – Nov 25 2018: Players Championship Finals, Butlin’s Minehead Resort, Minehead (ITV Sport)