Champions League of Darts Betting Review
Gary Anderson has been crowned as the third ever Champions League of Darts winner, after overcoming fellow countryman Peter Wright 11-4 in what turned out to be a fairly routine final. Thousands of arrows fans flocked to the Brighton Centre over the course of the weekend to watch eight of the world’s greatest darts players fighting it out for a trophy that only had two names on it before this year; Phil Taylor and Mensur Suljovic. That has now been extended to three.
In Bet UK’s darts betting outright market, it was Michael van Gerwen that unsurprisingly began the tournament as a 20/23* favourite to lift the title, but things went horribly wrong for the World number one across the afternoon and evening sessions on Sunday.
After already securing his place in the semi-final thanks to wins over Dave Chisnall and Daryl Gurney, MVG played out an absolute thriller against Gary Anderson in the afternoon, a match that went to a last leg decider. It looked as if Mighty Mike was going to steal the victory too, coming back from 7-3 down to level at 9-9, before Anderson incredibly took out a huge 140 finish on double 10 to secure his place in the last four in the most dramatic fashion possible.
The Dutch juggernaut then went on to face Peter Wright at the semi-final stage, with Snakebite’s finishing proving too much even for van Gerwen. It will be seen as another huge disappointment for MVG as he watches yet another major title slip through his fingers, something that is becoming an unusually common occurrence in 2018.
Anderson Claims Champions League of Darts Glory
One man’s loss is another man’s gain though, as Gary Anderson will be over the moon to claim yet another major title this year. He certainly had to work hard for it too, starting off his tournament in the worst possible fashion on Saturday afternoon, a 10-8 defeat to Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney.
A player with the quality of the Flying Scotsman was not likely to take that lying down though, and sure enough, he fought back in the evening session to beat Dave Chisnall 10-3. It seemed as if a recurring back problem may have been troubling Anderson over the weekend, but the overnight rest seemed to do some good.
The incredible 10-9 win over van Gerwen followed for the would-be champ, to set up a tasty semi-final with 2017 Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic. That turned out to be a pretty straightforward victory for Anderson, seeing off the Austrian 11-4 and gaining revenge for losing to The Gentle in last years final. This victory booked his place in yet another major darts tournament final.
Gary Anderson’s opponent in the final turned out to be Peter Wright, who backed up his pre-match claim that he had the secret on how to beat Michael van Gerwen, coming from 8-5 down to beat MVG in a fantastic semi-final that was full of fireworks. Snakebite’s route to the final also included wins against Simon Whitlock and World Darts Champion Rob Cross, as well as a group stage loss to Mensur Suljovic.
By the time the final came around though, Wright looked tired and lethargic, not his usual energetic self at all. Even though the two players represent Scotland in the annual World Cup of Darts, it is fair to say that Anderson and Wright do not see eye to eye all of the time but there is still a genuine sporting respect between them. After Anderson had claimed an 11-4 win in the final, Wright admitted that he had lost to the “best player of the weekend”.
Disappointment For Other Big Name Darts Players
It was not to be for a number of other top players, with the biggest disappointment probably coming in the form of Rob Cross, who has not been able to recreate the form that saw him win the 2018 World Darts Championship. The man known as ‘Voltage’ ended up with a solitary 10-8 victory over Simon Whitlock, while defeats to Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright saw Cross exit the tournament early.
Suljovic himself was valiant in his defence of the Champions League of Darts title, claiming the biggest margin of victory across the weekend in a 10-1 demolition of Whitlock but he fell at the semi-final stage. Aussie Whitlock and St Helens thrower Dave Chisnall will not remember this weekend too fondly, as they both lost all three of their group stage matches.
Daryl Gurney was excellent in Brighton for the most part, which will make it even more painful that he went out in the group stages having won two of his group stage matches. In any normal tournament, victories against Anderson and Chisnall while losing to World number 1 MVG would see him safely through but it was not to be on this occasion. Superchin will regroup for another huge tournament next week, in the form of the World Grand Prix.
Bet UK Darts Betting Tips
In our Champions League of Darts betting preview article for the event, we outlined some particular darts bets that we believed provided value. Our darts tips included Gary Anderson to reach the final, with pre-tournament odds of 6/4*.
It was also outlined that the Flying Scotsman to win the tournament at odds of 4/1* provided good value considering the form he had been in throughout 2018, with major tournament victories in the UK Open and World Matchplay events. Sure enough, Anderson blew away the competition to win the tournament.
Make sure to stay up to date with our darts betting tips for all of the big events in the yearly calendar here on the Bet UK sports betting blog, including the PDC World Grand Prix. This event is scheduled to get underway on Sunday 30th September, as Daryl Gurney looks to defend the title that he won in a shock result last year. Bet UK already has darts odds listed for the World Grand Prix on the sportsbook.
Champions League of Darts Results
Saturday September 22
Group Stage, Afternoon Session
Rob Cross 8-10 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 10-7 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 8-10 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 10-2 Dave Chisnall
Group Stage, Evening Session
Rob Cross 10-8 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 7-10 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 10-3 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Sunday September 23
Group Stage, Afternoon Session
Mensur Suljovic 10-1 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 10-3 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 10-7 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 9-10 Gary Anderson
Semi-Finals, Evening Session
Mensur Suljovic 4-11 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 9-11 Peter Wright
Peter Wright 4-11 Gary Anderson
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting were correct at the time of writing.