UK Open Darts Betting Tips & Preview
Bet UK’s darts writer is back again with the UK Open Darts betting tips and preview for a tournament that is known for its big shocks. Nicknamed the “FA Cup of Darts” because of the unseeded draws and the penchant for lower ranked players to take out the big boys, this is one of the most intriguing tournaments in the PDC calendar. A massive 159 players will be heading to Minehead for the UK Open, with wall-to-wall coverage of the action being broadcast on ITV4 and betting markets for all matches available here at Bet UK.
The event gets underway at 11am on Friday 1st March, and will last until the final on Sunday evening. Gary Anderson is the defending champion after defeating Australian youngster Corey Cadby 11-7 in the final. Anderson has confirmed he will be defending his title, after pulling out of a number of recent events due to an ongoing back injury. Thankfully, the weather is a lot brighter than this time last year, as Storm Emma caused the entire event to be played behind closed doors meaning no fans were allowed into the venue.
In terms of who will be taking part, all 128 players that hold a PDC Tour Card are automatically invited, while there will also be 16 qualifiers from the Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit as well as 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers. Depending on rankings, players may enter the competition in round one (Tour Card 97-127 plus Challenge Tour and Rileys Qualifiers), round two (Tour Card 65-96), round three (Tour Card 33-64) or round four (Tour Card top 32).
It should be a phenomenal event filled with plenty of shocks, and here are our darts betting tips for the UK Open 2019.
UK Open Darts Tips and Predictions
Here are all of Bet UK’s darts tips for the big tournament in Minehead.
Outright UK Open Darts Betting Tip
At this stage of the year, it is incredibly difficult to see past yet another major tournament win for Michael van Gerwen. The Green Machine has been in unstoppable form so far in 2019, with a third PDC World Darts Championship under his belt on New Years Day in addition to another Masters title and a great start to the Premier League.
That is not to say that he can’t suffer a shock defeat, but he is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field and if there is any player that can go on a path of destruction it is the World number 1. He will, of course, enter at the fourth round stage and a lot of his potential progression will be down to luck, as the completely random draws will take place on the stage before every round.
Other Players Worth A Look
There was a big question mark surrounding the defending Champion and his fitness after recently pulling out of the Premier League due to injury. The Scotsman will be fighting through the pain when looking to retain the title he won behind closed doors 12 months ago. It remains to be seen if the Flying Scotsman will be at 100%, but if he is anywhere near his best then he’s expected to be a threat for the title yet again. It is 8/1* for Anderson to make it two in a row.
The Iceman has been playing some incredible darts over the last week or so, winning both of the Players Championship events this past weekend with a 14 match winning streak. It seemed as if his victory in the Grand Slam of Darts at the end of 2018 was to be the high point of his career as things tailed off a little bit after that, but since he was fined for his on-stage actions at that event, Price seems to have taken his form to another level. He has proven that he can navigate the difficult UK Open format too, reaching the final in 2017. 20/1* provides good value for a player in such great form.
The BDO World Darts Champion has had a very impressive start since earning his PDC Tour Card at the beginning of January. He won his first title in the PDC by winning all 7 matches in Players Championship 4 on the 17th February, a week after narrowly losing in the final of Players Championship 2. The man from Middlesbrough could well pose a threat for the title if he is able to get a good run of form going, and possibly a favourable draw too. Durrant can be backed for the title at odds of 22/1* here at Bet UK.
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.