European Darts Trophy 2018 Tips
After the stresses and strains of the ‘double in’ format at the World Grand Prix, most of darts’ leading names will be breathing a sigh of relief that it’s back to the bread and butter of the European Tour this week. So, with some big names looking to end the season well, here are our European Darts Trophy tips.
Friday October 12, sees the start of event number 13: the European Darts Trophy, hosted by the Lokhalle Arena in Gottingen, Germany.
We are on the countdown now to the World Championships in December. However, there’s plenty of business to be taken care of before then. There’s the small matter of the Grand Slam of Darts – fast becoming a favourite tournament of the masses. Then there’s the finals of the World Series and the Players’ Championship.
Oh, and at the tail-end of October there’s another cracking event in Germany: the European Championship.
So now, this is what we would certainly be calling the business end of the campaign; a run at the European Darts Trophy would be a signal of intent that the form is bubbling up at just the right time.
Michael van Gerwen will defend the trophy he won 12 months ago by a 6-4 margin over Rob Cross. Also, the Dutch darting destroyer will gain confidence from the fact that Gary Anderson has decided to sit this event out ahead of a hectic winter schedule.
Tournament History & Format
There has been just one previous edition of the European Darts Trophy… and it will come as no surprise to learn that MVG was the victor.
Cross reached the final as he built up some momentum ahead of his momentous world title win. Meanwhile, perennial contenders on European soil, Simon Whitlock, and Kim Huybrechts were vanquished in the semi-finals.
It was a tournament of shocks and surprises, although in Peter Wright’s case you can have some sympathy. He lost 3-6 to Huybrechts in the third round… despite averaging over 110!
Elsewhere, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price lost out in the second round. At the same time, Andy Boulton rolled back the years with a run to the last eight.
A field of 48 will embark on the next leg of the European adventure in Gottingen.
The top 16 from the Order of Merit – sans Anderson – trouser the dual bonus of being seeded and earning a bye into the second round.
The other 32 have been drawn from qualification events across the continent. There are some interesting names that will provide stern opposition for any of the seeds in the second round.
There’s the likes of Ricky Evans, finalist at the Dutch Darts Championship; Danny Noppert, a recent Players’ Championship winner and Jeffrey de Zwaan, one of the most improved young talents on the circuit this year.
The Betting Favourites
Another week on the European Tour, another week where Van Gerwen is a red-hot favourite with the bookmakers.
You can hardly blame them, given the absence of the Flying Scotsman. Currently he seems to be the only player who can go toe-to-toe with Mighty Mike.
Mind you, MVG has *only* won one of the last three European Tour events, so perhaps there is scope to take him on.
Peter Wright showed enough form at the World Grand Prix to suggest he can be a factor here. Meanwhile, Mensur Suljovic is playing some outstanding darts at the moment and enjoys being back on the continent.
One of the leading lights who we might be inclined to swerve is Rob Cross, who looks woefully out of touch at the moment.
Five of the last six European Tour finalists have been messrs White, Price, Whitlock, Evans and Wilson, so there’s no harm in punters seeking value down the field.
The likes of Michael Smith, Adrian Lewis, Gerwyn Price, Simon Whitlock and Darren Webster are all capable of winning these Euro Tour events; meanwhile Daryl Gurney will be looking to capitalise on his own recent improvement in form.
However, one man who stood out like a sore thumb at the World Grand Prix was Dave Chisnall, a player notoriously errant when it comes to hitting his doubles.
The fact he could reach the last eight in a ‘double in’ format speaks volumes of how well he is playing right now, and indeed it needed a performance of some measure from MVG – he averaged 101.54, the seventh highest in Grand Prix history – to dispose of the Englishman.
With a win rate of 1/3 in the most recent European Tour events, once again we give Van Gerwen the swerve, despite readily accepting he is the most likely winner of this event.
His odds-on status ensures the rest of the market is nicely priced, and even as the second favourite there’s plenty of value in taking Peter Wright to add another Euro Tour trophy to his cabinet.
Two others who appeal in the opposite side of the draw to MVG are Dave Chisnall and Gerwyn Price. Both are in excellent form right now, and while we question Chizzy’s fortitude at getting over the line and winning tournaments, we cannot simply overlook his upturn in form.
It’s apparent that Price has no problems in getting the job done, as shown in Riesa. The Ice Man continues to struggle with an achilles injury, but it has coincided with his best and most consistent run of form in months. Go figure!
Best Bets for the European Darts Trophy 2018:
- Peter Wright to Win at 25/4 with Bethard
- Dave Chisnall Each Way at 39/1 with Bethard
- Gerwyn Price Each Way 66/1 with Bethard