Darts Masters Betting Tips And Predictions 2022
The PDC swings back into life this Friday as the 2022 Masters in Milton Keynes gets underway bring together the top 24 players in the PDC Order of Merit for a three-day tourney right before the Darts Premier League kicks off in Cardiff next Thursday.
The top eight darts players, who are all likely to receive their invites for next week’s event, will each get a bye in the first round.
The current champion is Jonny Clayton whose success here 12 months ago helped him to qualify for the Premier League of Darts, an event he would go on to win as he got his fantastic 2021 season off to a flying start.
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Year Of The Ferret
The Ferret’s Masters win made Clayton the fifth different winner in the nine years of this non-ranking event. Clayton now returns to retain his crown alongside fellow former Masters champions Peter Wright, James Wade and five-time champion Michael van Gerwen.
World number one Gerwyn Price will also be among the big names, aiming to get his hands on the trophy for the very first time when the tournament concludes on Sunday.
The Iceman failed to successfully defend his 2022 PDC World Championship title at the Ally Pally earlier in the month after he lost out to Michael Smith in the quarter-finals.
Price made the last four places here last year, his best Masters performance so far. That will be the minimum he will be expecting of himself this time around.
The 36-year-old lost here in 2021 to last year’s runner-up Mervyn King, who could provide Price with his first match should he overcome Ryan Searle on Friday.
That could lead him into direct conflict with fellow Welshman Clayton in what will certainly be a tough quarter-final match.
Price, who bet365 have priced up at 15/4, has won six of his last eight meetings with Clayton. If he does manage to overcome his compatriot in the last eight then he will win his quarter of the draw.
Bully Boy Can Be Backed For Maiden Win
The pre-tournament favourite according to bet365 is still Michael van Gerwen, despite only having won one PDC premier event in the last two years.
Far more encouraging was the Ally Pally form of Michael Smith, who enjoyed a spectacular run to the final of this year’s PDC World Championship.
The roll call of his victims in North London includes Clayton, Price and James Wade and, on form, few players are better to watch when he is in his full speedy flow.
Sadly for Bully Boy, it was yet another near miss as his search for his maiden PDC major title continues.
He is getting closer, though, and despite being a PDC event runner up on five other occasions, his performance this year suggests that the 2013 World Youth Champion is closer than ever to making his breakthrough.
Add that to the fact that Smith made this final in 2020, where he lost to his World Championship conqueror Peter Wright, and it makes Bully Boy look like a good shout this weekend.
He also looks like he has a fairly favourable route to the semi-finals, where he could face either Clayton or Price, both of whom he has beaten on the most recent occasions.
bet365 have put a reasonable price of 8/1 on Smith to win his first televised tournament title and this darts betting tips believes he can do just that.
There were also signs that Daryl Gurney was coming back into darting form at the Alexandra Palace either side of Christmas.
Superchin has a chance to continue his resurgence on the oche by overcoming Joe Cullen in round one of the Masters.
The Northern Irishman only played two matches at the worlds but was impressive on both occasions, his singing notwithstanding.
Gurney can be backed at bet365 for 66/1.
Rob Cross, who was eventually the man who did in for Superchin, is also looking resurgent.
Voltage has been priced up in the bet365 sportsbook at 22/1.
Elsewhere, Nathan Aspinall has withdrawn from the competition through injury, while Danny Noppert is also out after testing positive.
Another player looking for their first-ever Masters win is Gary Anderson.
The two-time world champion, who got married this week, made a run to this year’s World Championship semi-final stage for the second time in as many years, proving to doubters that he is still more than capable of competing on darts’ biggest stages.
Anderson made the Masters final five years ago and has also reached the semi-finals on three other occasions, so he knows exactly what it takes to go deep in this tournament.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ will take on either Joe Cullen or Daryl Gurney in his opening match, while Mighty Michael Van Gerwen and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who beat Anderson in the semi-finals of the worlds, are also both on the same side of the draw.
On paper, that looks like a bumpy route to the final, which is reflected in his bet365 darts betting odds of 20/1, but with his experience and previous successes, it will not worry him one bit.
Speaking of Peter Wright, whose daughter got married this week (note, not to Gary Anderson), the recently crowned world champion will take on one from Dirk van Duijvenbode or last-minute Asp replacement Simon Whitlock, both of whom will hold no fears for Snakebite.
The 2021 PDC Player of the Year is available at 9/2 with bet365 darts betting to win the 2022 Darts Masters outright.
The Scotsman, who won the two biggest PDC tournaments of the year in 2021, just pipped Jonny Clayton for the recently announced Player of the Year award which was announced today.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to BettingDarts.com for the 2022 Masters Darts results after the event is over.
The PDC 2021 Awards
|PDC Player of the Year||Peter Wright|
|PDPA Players’ Player of the Year||Jonny Clayton|
|Selco Fans’ Player of the Year||Jonny Clayton|
|Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the Year||Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton – World Championship fourth round|
|ProTour Player of the Year||Gerwyn Price|
|Moneybarn Best Newcomer||Alan Soutar|
|Unicorn Young Player of the Year||Rusty-Jake Rodriguez|
2022 PDC Darts Masters Schedule
Friday January 28
First Round (Best of 11 legs)
- Krzysztof Ratajski v Gabriel Clemens
- Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
- Ryan Searle v Mervyn King
- Rob Cross v Brendan Dolan
- Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ian White
- Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
- Dirk van Duijvenbode v Simon Whitlock
- Devon Petersen v Luke Humphries
Saturday January 29
Second round (best of 19 legs)
- Jose de Sousa v Cross/Dolan
- Gary Anderson v Cullen/Gurney
- Michael Smith v Ratajski/Clemens
- James Wade v Chisnall/Bunting
- Jonny Clayton v Van den Bergh/White
- Gerwyn Price v Searle/King
- Peter Wright v Van Duijvenbode/Whitlock
- Michael van Gerwen v Petersen/Humphries
Sunday January 30
- 4 x Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
- 2 X Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
- Final (best of 21 legs)
QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2022 DARTS MASTERS
Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Dates: 28 Jan – 30 Jan 2022
Format: Best of 11, 19 and 21 legs
Current Champion: Jonny Clayton
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: 12:45, 19:00