Darts Betting: MVG’s a tough nut to crack but it’s not impossible

December 31, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Darts

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2018 World Darts Tips:

  • Rob Cross Outright winner market 14/1 (each-way) – BetBright

  • Winner to come from second quarter of the draw 9/1 – Paddy Power

The PDC World Championship, sponsored by William Hill, gets underway on Thursday December 14th with 53-year-old Steve Beaton taking on William O’Connor in the opening match.  

The tournament will conclude, many believing with Michael van Gerwen holding the winner’s trophy aloft for the third time, on January 1st.  And, as usual, every match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.


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Michael van Gerwen continues to be in irresistible form, most recently he won the Mr Green Sports Player’s Championship (his third major competition win in a row) and he is now best-priced 8/11 to land this 2018 World Championships.

But, as much as it is hard to see him beaten and his price looks fully justified the Dutchman managed to lose out in the third round of this competition in 2016 and departed in the semi-final stages in 2015. 

During the current season MVG has won six of the nine ranking tournaments he has played, being beaten in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay, round-robin stages of the Champions League of Darts and opening round of the World Grand Prix.

The Wright stuff?

While you can make grounds for a MVG defeat his cause may well be helped by third-favourite, Peter Wright, being rushed to hospital with suspected gallstones at the start of January.

The No.2 seed has been forced to cancel all exhibition matches prior to his opening round World Championship match against Brazil’s Diogo Portela on December 21st. We can only speculate on how much practice time he has had to forfeit.

Wright is in the bottom half of the World Championship draw – meaning he cannot meet MVG until the final – as is two-time winner Gary Anderson.  A repeat of last year’s finalist meeting again in the decider (MVG and Anderson) is just 5/2 (Ladbrokes). The price is short but, again, it looks justified.

Everything Crossed

So, in the search of value, we are going to support the big success story of 2017, Rob Cross, to go all the way.  The PDC rookie has been a semi-finalist in the Players Championship finals, a quarter-finalist in the Grand Slam of Darts and finalist in the European Championship in his last three ranking tournament outings.  He’s also won four Player’s Championships in 2017.

There’s a number of ways to play him.  He’s 14/1 in the win market but you can get 9/1 about ‘the ‘winner to come from the second quarter of the draw’ (with Paddy Power) which gives you him and also the player that is set to meet MVG in the semi-final – should MVG get to the semi-final.  You might also consider the 10/3 available about a first-time winner.  This gives you him in addition to Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and a number of other in-form players.

Recommended Darts Bets

  • Rob Cross Outright winner market 14/1 (each-way) – BetBright

  • Winner to come from second quarter of the draw 9/1 – Paddy Power

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  1. Site Editor said on December 14, 2017 3:36 am:

    The day has come! The World Darts is here… MVG is the man to beat! Now solid 8/11 fav with most bookies

  2. Site Editor said on January 1, 2018 6:38 pm:

    Rob Cross v Phil Taylor in the final. We are now on a freeroll on Cross to win at his first attempt and spoilt the Taylor retirement party