The World Series of Darts Finals heads to Vienna for the very first time this weekend, and there’s sure to be some top tungsten displays in the Austrian capital.
Glasgow had been the previous home of the tournament for the last three years with number one seed Michael van Gerwen coming out on top on all three occasions.
Can he make it number four this weekend, or will someone rain on his parade? Our darts expert has picked out some of the best bets ahead of the tournament.
Not so Mighty Mike
Michael van Gerwen may come into this tournament, as he does every single tournament, as the overwhelming favourite, and Grosvenorsport.com go 9/10 for the Dutchman to be lifting the title on Sunday.
However, he is human and is prone to the odd blip every now and again.
He proved that last weekend when being knocked out of the European World Championships by number 28 seed Steve West in the second round and there is little value in plumping with the Dutchman here.
The Machine getting back to his best?
The winner of the European World Championships last weekend was none other than James Wade and it is good to see ‘The Machine’ back mixing it with the best after a few tough years.
It was Wade’s first major title since 2014 and his first ranking major since 2011. That performance in Germany has moved him back up into the top six in the world and although he has to get past Ross Smith to make it through to the second round – he is more than capable of going deep and at 25/1, he looks well worth each-way support.
Anderson to fly in for victory
Of the other big names in the tournament, very few are firing on all cylinders.
World Champion Rob Cross is finding it difficult to hit those heights again while Peter Wright has not been at his best for some time now.
Simon Whitlock lost out to Wade in the final last week, but has a tough passage through with The Wizard due to face the winner of the first-round encounter between Steve Beaton and Daryl Gurney.
But the other man I will be going for is Gary Anderson, who will go into the tournament fresh after opting out of all this season’s 13 European Tour events, which included last week’s Championships.
He has proven he has got the beating of van Gerwen on a regular basis, and I fancy the Scotsman to come out on top and is available at 11/2 with Grosvenorsport.com
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