Darts Tips: Unibet European Championship (28th-30th October)

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Whitlock could give van Gerwen a game in Friday’s Unibet Euro Championship


Recommended Bets:

Simon Whitlock (+2.5) to beat MVG 7/4 Paddy Power

Peter Wright (each-way) to win the competition 20/1 Unibet

The action starts on Friday 12.45 on ITV4

There’s a major darts tournament getting underway on Friday, the Unibet sponsored European Championship.  With a £400,000 prize-pool it is probably the biggest darts tournament you have never heard of.  ITV have, and they will be broadcasting the action live from 12.30 on Friday.

Michael Van Gerwen is the outright favourite to land this tournament for a third consecutive year.  5/4 (SkyBet) is the best price on offer about the Dutchman who posted a 9-dart finish en-route to 2014 victory and came from behind to beat Gary Anderson 11-10 in a thrilling decider last year.

But Simon Whitlock also has a fine record in this tournament, which always takes place on the continent and comes from Hasselt, Belgium, this year.  The Australian won the competition in 2012 and was the runner-up in 2013.

And it is this duo that could serve up the best opening round game.  Ignore the sponsor’s 1/8 quote about MVG, this game will surely be a close run thing and here’s for why:

Whitlock was one of the last players to defeat MVG in a Dublin Player’s Championship event just three weeks ago; he went on to win the competition.  And since then he has added a second Players Championship to his CV and posted two 9-dart finishes whilst in competitive action.

Unquestionably the former World Championship finalist is back to his best and that makes him a handful for anyone.  It also makes the 7/4 available about Whitlock in the handicap market, whereby he receives a +2.5 leg start, a five-star nap.  In a race to six legs, and given his form, it is hard to see him lose by a score-line in excess of 6-4.

Wright on course with the best of the draw

Of course given we believe MVG has a big hurdle to jump in the opening round, we cannot jump on him at a short price for outright glory.  The Dutch ace deserves his 5/4 price-tag for the £100,000 first prize.

Gary Anderson is the next player to look at but the Scotsman is scheduled to meet MVG in the semi-final.  And so, from the opposite side of the draw, we are opting for the very consistent Peter Wright to make a charge all the way into the final.

The draw has been kind to the Premier League player with Justin Pipe and, most probably, Robert Thornton his early opponents he should go deep.  Vitally, at 20/1 and with each-way terms of a third of the odds he represents betting value.

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