Tournament: European Tour.
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands.
Last years Champion: Michael van Gerwen (x4 Years consecutive).
Format: Best of 11 until Semi-Final - best of 13 and - best of 15 Final.
When to bet: (Starts 12 Noon UK Time Friday).
1st Round 12pm Friday & 6.15pm Friday
2nd Round 12pm Saturday & 6.15pm Saturday.
3rd Round Sunday 12pm
Quarter-Finals Sunday 6.15pm
Semi Finals & Final follow on.
Michael van Gerwen has dominated this event and is aiming to capture a fifth consecutive success at the Dutch Darts Masters.
Installed at 4/5 with Betfred for yet another European Tour victory that will tempt in many big hitters considering his main rival and Thursday nights nemesis in the Premier League, Gary Anderson, is absent from the event.
Dangers in his bottom half could come from the likes of Premier League regular season runner-up Michael Smith at 16/1 who is currently hampered by injury but more than capable of an upset on the European Tour format if not struggling for fitness come the business end on Sunday.
The winner of a mouthwatering potential second round clash between 5th seed Daryl Gurney 20/1 and last weeks runner-up in Germany James Wade 28/1 could also test Van Gerwen should his level drop slightly.
The top half is where the value lies however, Peter Wright has been excellent in the European Tour again this season and he is very much suited to the big crowds where he raises his game with the better atmospheres.
Snakebite is 6/1 General for success this weekend and is set to go far. He is my selection Each-Way at half the odds to make the final with bookmaker ‘Winner’, or I wouldn’t put anyone off the third of the odds returns at 2/1 with Betfred and Betway should he reach the show-piece match on Sunday evening.
Their will be little to worry Peter Wright from a far weaker top half of the draw.
Main rivals include Rob Cross 7/1 who laboured to a 6-6 draw on Thursday night in Aberdeen at the Premier League averaging just 90 and will be looking to peak at finals night at the O2 next week not at a lesser event such as this. Peter Wright incidentally averaged a ton in his respectable draw with Daryl Gurney on the same card last night.
Mensur Suljovic looks the only other threat and at 25/1 will have to prove his Premier League debut which resulted in relegation after nine weeks hasn’t taken too much out of his confidence and resolve, where he wouldn’t be the first player to take a long time to rediscover the form that gained him selection in the first place to the Premier League roadshow.
Snakebite looks a good bet to reach the final and the 2 or 3/1 appears better value than the predictable odds on price for Michael van Gerwen to win again.
If the World number one was to suffer a shock defeat our man would then go favourite for the event so fingers crossed we get a bit of luck along the way, however, should he make the final and a free pop at Van Gerwen with Place money guaranteed at that stage, he would be one of a select few in this field that would have a chance in a final and not beat mentally before toeing the oche.
A brief mention must go to the excellent Terry Jenkins. The Raging Bull who has had a difficult time of things in recent months following a severe car crash and would be a potential second round opponent for Mighty Mike. He has beaten him before and would really give it his all so best of luck this weekend to a gentleman and all round nice guy.
Peter Wright to win Outright Each Way @ 6/1 General.
(1/2 odds 1-2 Finish Winner & 1/3 odds 1-2 Finish Betfred and Betway).
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