Another blank fortnight for televised darts waits ahead but the PDC European Tour gets underway today and concludes this year’s run.
Darts betting tips for Germany
There will be no Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson or James Wade at the three-day German Darts Championship in Hildesheim, Germany, but we will still see Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Kim Huybrechts, Michael Smith and Daryl Gurney take part.
These heavy hitters won’t start playing until Saturday’s second round and MVG, who has enjoyed great success on the Euro tour this season, is a whopping odds-on in every book. For those looking for an outsider, Peter Wright can be picked up at 8/1 at Betway.
A look ahead at the schedule
Elsewhere, the lack of darts on TV does give us a chance to catch our breath and look forward to the remaining few events of the year; the last of which, as ever, is the big one: The Darts World Championships, which takes us into the new year.
Before then, we have televised events right through to European Championship which takes place at the back end of October. The first major tournament in the schedule is the early November World Series Darts Finals which will take place in Glasgow.
Glasgow’s November finals
There, at the Braehead Arena, the top 12 players in the rankings will compete with the eight PDC players that have taken part in the entire 2016 PDC schedule.
The unsurprising eight are, of course, Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld.
This is a 24-player event where the other half of the field will be made up of highly-rated international prospects as well as other qualifiers and invitees. Robert Thornton and Michael Smith are two of those invited and will be joined by Michael Smith and Dutchman Jelle Klaasen. Austria’s Mensur Suljovic makes up the last of the four Order of Merit qualifiers.
The eight selected as global prospects will be announced at some point in the near future, while the final four players will be revealed according to the PDC Qualifiers for Tour Card Holders which will take place in Barnsley on Sunday October 23.
The first round will take place between 16 players before the eight big boys step up for round two and we will bring you some betting tips nearer the time.
After Glasgow, there is the Darts Grand Slam and the Darts Championships for the players, both youth and full, before the best players in the world gather at the Alexandra Palace (Alley Pally to you and me) to take part in the festive favourite PDC Darts World Championships.
The best darts bets for December
For those keen on an ante post betting, prices are already live at SkyBet, Betway and Bet365 but they are currently pulling no surprises.
As the weeks move forward and the smog lifts, betting should become clearer and hopefully, together, we can find some value in the market.
Until then, it might be worth grabbing Mighty Mike at 11/10 while you can. Only SkyBet and Betway are currently offering this and it might not last long, so best be speedy if you fancy the Dutchman to finish the year in much the same way as he played the rest of it.
Last year’s winner and two-time world champion, Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson is 5/1 at both of the same two bookies as is Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor – but, for this, switch SkyBet for Bet365.
Another two-time winner is Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis who has drifted out to 16s at Betway where you can also jump on Peter Wright early doors for 20/1, just as he is at SkyBet and Bet365 also.
What’s left to play in 2016
- 28-30: European Championship, Hasselt, Belgium (ITV Sport)
- 5-6: World Series Finals, Glasgow (ITV Sport)
- 12-20: Grand Slam, Wolverhampton (Sky Sports)
- 25-27: Players Championship Finals (ITV Sport)
- 27: PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final (ITV Sport)
- Dec 15-Jan 2: World Championship (Sky Sports)