Written October 17th 2019
Champions League of Darts Betting Tips & Preview
You wait months for a top tier darts betting event and then two come along at once! Fresh from the World Grand Prix last week that was dominated by Van Gerwen as he claimed his fifth crown, the darts roadshow is heading to Leicester for the Champions League. The competition features the eight best players in the world according to the Order of Merit and is fairly unusual due to its use of a group stage format rarely seen in the sport.
With its inception being in 2016, only three players have previously lifted the trophy. Phil Taylor’s win in the maiden tournament featured Van Gerwen’s only previous final appearance, with ‘Mighty Mike’ never having won - the only major event that still eludes him. Suljovic and Anderson are the only other two players to taste victory in this competition and ‘The Flying Scotsman’ will be back again this year looking to defend the crown he won in 2018. The event gets underway on the 19th October and reaches its conclusion a day later.
Bet UK’s resident tipster is here with his darts betting tips for the 2019 Champions League of Darts.
Outright Champions League of Darts Tip
With his demolition of the World Grand Prix field, we find it hard to believe that you find Van Gerwen at odds of 27/20 to claim the Champions League under a week later. The longer format favours the better players in theory, so if he can hold his form he should have a strong chance of completing his collection of darts major events across his career. He will need to overcome a tough draw though, with Group A featuring the reigning champion Anderson alongside Wade and Smith, but we can’t see past him going all the way at the Morningside Arena and so are backing him to win outright for his first title in this competition.
Outside Chance Tip
While we feel Van Gerwen is value at the above price it is worth noting that you can back any of the other seven players E/W for a profit should they make they at least make the final. Cross is definitely worth a look at 9/2 but we think Gurney E/W at 12/1 may provide even better value, especially if you feel that Van Gerwen will have a poor tournament. The Northern Irishman will be shaving his hair for charity mid-tournament and will fancy his chances of getting out of a group that is definitely the weaker of the two. Featuring Cross, Price and Wright alongside ‘Superchin’, there is a good chance of any of the Group B players reaching the semifinal. While Cross should win the group, we think that Gurney will also advance to the next stage, which would mean that he was only one game away from the final. The E/W part of the bet would give you returns at 4/1 should he make it past that match.
Group Winner Betting Tips
With Van Gerwen being our outright tip it is only natural for us to back him to win Group A as well. As previously mentioned, this group appears to be the toughest on paper and ‘Mighty Mike’ will have to be at his best from the off if he is to come through it, but it has been clear for some time now that he is on a different level to the other players currently plying their trade in darts. If he plays to his potential then a price of 5/7 is decent value.
If we were doing a section on value for this week's tournament this would definitely be our choice. With Gurney, Wright and Price the other contenders for Group B, Rob Cross is clear favourite to win this group in our opinion. ‘Voltage’ has been in decent form recently, including a victory at the World Matchplay at the end of July, and you can back him at online betting odds of 6/4 to advance as winner of the group.
First Group Matches Betting Tips
Daryl Gurney vs Peter Wright
The curtain raiser in Leicester is between ‘Superchin’ and Peter Wright. ‘Snakebite’ made the final here last year but has been in relatively poor form since, with no major finals in 2019 in addition to a poor showing by his standards in the Premier League earlier this year. On the other hand, Gurney is continuing to show an improved game. He achieved victory at the Players Championship last year and backed it up with semi final appearances at the Premier League and World Matchplay this year. We think Gurney will open the tournament with a victory which will leave him well placed to make the semifinals. He’s available at darts betting odds of 11/10.
Rob Cross vs Gerwyn Price
Perennial pantomime villain Gerwyn Price comes into this tournament in poor form. He has exited the last two major tournaments in the first round and we don’t see him making it past the first round here. With an opening match against Cross, ‘The Iceman’ will probably start the tournament with a defeat, which will leave him on the back foot going into his matches with Gurney and Price. Not only are we backing Cross to win, but we think he will win with a -1.5 handicap on legs - available at darts odds of 25/29.
Michael Smith vs Gary Anderson
With Wade and Van Gerwen being the other two in Group A, both Smith and Anderson will probably need to start with a win if they are to reach the semis. ‘Bully Boy’ Smith might not have claimed a major title this year, but he has reached the final of both the World Championship and World Matchplay. His loss to White at the World Grand Prix will be of disappointment to the Englishman with the draw looking wide open before his second round loss. Anderson on the other hand has endured a frustrating 2019. He kicked off the year with a credible semifinal in the World Championship but injuries have since seen him miss the Masters and Premier League. He hasn’t really shown the form that saw him win last year and we don’t see him beating Smith in this opening match. If you agree with us, then you can back Smith at 11/10.
Michael Van Gerwen vs James Wade
The final match in the opening rotation sees ‘The Machine’, James Wade, open his Champions League campaign against Van Gerwen. Wade had the beating of Van Gerwen in the Premier League earlier this year, with a victory and a draw from their two clashes. We were tempted to back him +3.5 which is available at 25/27 but feel that the Over/Under 180s in the match darts market provided better value. With two players of this quality we would expect to see over 8.5 180s in a first to ten legs match and so we’ve backed exactly that at evens.
The Champions League of Darts Betting Tips and Predictions
Here are all of Bet UK’s darts tips for the Champions League of Darts.
|Outright Tournament Winner||Michael Van Gerwen||29/20|
|Outright Tournament Winner E/W (⅓ odds, 1-2 places)||Daryl Gurney||12/1|
|Group A Winner||Michael Van Gerwen||5/7|
|Group B Winner||Rob Cross||6/4|
|Gurney v Wright Match Winner||Daryl Gurney||11/10|
|Cross v Price Handicap Match Winner||Rob Cross -1.5||25/29|
|Smith v Anderson Match Winner||Michael Smith||11/10|
|Van Gerwen v Wade Total 180s in Match||Over 8.5||1/1|
2019 Champions League of Darts Draw
Michael Van Gerwen (1)
Gary Anderson (4)
Michael Smith (5)
James Wade (8)
Rob Cross (2)
Daryl Gurney (3)
Peter Wright (6)
Gerwyn Price (7)
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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