Danish Darts Open Tips And Preview by James Punt
The Danish Darts Open is one of the newer events on the tour. Last year Mensur Suljovic won the inaugural tournament and he will be back to defend his crown. The actions starts at noon on Friday and if you are having a bet, James Punt’s preview is well worth a read. Check out his free Danish Darts Open tips below…
Danish Darts Open Tips And Preview
This event was held for the first time last year and was won by Mensur Suljovic who beat Simon Whitlock in the final. Michael van Gerwen is having the weekend off so the betting has a very different look to it.
Bookies favourite is Peter Wright, fresh from lifting the World Cup of Darts with Gary Anderson on Sunday. The number 1 seed is Ian White who has been cashing in big time on the Euro Tour this season, winning the Dutch Darts Masters (and landing our bet on him), winning the European Darts Grand Prix and finishing as runner up in the Austrian Open and the German Open. That is four consecutive Euro Tour finals, something that normally only MVG can do.
Both Wright and White have won eight of their last ten matches and both will be feeling very good about things. It must be said that outside of those two none of the other 14 seeds are in great form. A certain amount of tiredness was affecting the Premier League Players and players like Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, James Wade, Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic are some way off their best form. You can see why MVG decided to take the week off.
Seeds Struggling For Form
The lack of good form for so many of the seeded players could open the door to some of the unseeded players to have a good run. Many of them have had a couple of weeks off with no Player’s Championship events last weekend.
Michael Smith isn’t seeded so he has to play a 1st round match and he is injured. A painful ankle apparently and he is playing in some pain and with strapping around the offending part. He faces Steve Beaton in the first round in the top quarter, the quarter of death.
Of the unseeded players there are three players who have won eight of their last ten matches. Glen Durrant, Chris Dobey and Jose De Sousa.
Glen Durrant has won two Player’s Championship titles already in his PDC debut season. His Euro Tour form isn’t as strong with four wins from seven matches but he had his best run yet, reaching the quarter finals of the Dutch Darts Masters last time out. He was helped by getting a bye in the 2nd round after James Wade withdrew.
Danish Darts Open Tips: Don’t Discount Dobey
Chris Dobey is a fine player but he has never won any PDC title despite having a tour card for the last three and a half years. That always surprises me as he has a game that is good enough to win a pro tour title or one of these Euro Tour events.
He reached the quarter final of PC 15 and 16 last month. His scoring in PC15 was impressive with three ton plus averages but in PC 16 he had three sub 90 averages but won the matches. If he can play with the ton plus form then he can have a good weekend, the sub 90 average and he will be heading home early. His Euro Tour for isn’t great this season having played nine and won just four.
De Sousa Scoring Heavily
Jose de Sousa, the Portuguese number 1, is having a decent season in the Player’s Championship events, reaching the quarter final of PC9 and most recently the semi-final of PC 16. His scoring has really improved and he is hitting a lot of ton plus averages.
He has had five ton plus averages in his last twelve matches and plenty of mid and high 90 averages. This is his first season on the pro tour and it seems he is learning and improving fast. This is his Euro Tour debut so he bound to be a bit nervous but if he can settle and play his game then he is an opponent nobody will relish playing.
Deep First Quarter
The four quarters in the draw are interesting. Ian White is the MVG position at the top of the draw. The other seeds are Wattimena, Suljovic and Chisnall. It is a really strong quarter due to the quality of the unseeded players. Kim Viljanen, Steve Beaton, Michael Smith, Martin Schindler, Gabriel Clemens, Krzystof Ratajski and Merv King. Some very strong players in that lot.
The second quarter looks weak. The four seeds are Lewis, Whitlock, Wade and Clayton and all of those players have lost five of their last ten. That is a quarter that could see and unseeded player have a good run. The unseeded players drawn in the second quarter are nowhere near as strong as the top half. Only Steve Lennon and Nathan Aspinall stand out.
Gurney Looks Jaded
The third quarter has number two seed Daryl Gurney along with Darren Webster, Rob Cross and Ricky Evans. Gurney has looked a bit jaded recently, Webster is struggling with Tennis Elbow, Cross has lost six of his last ten and also looks jaded, and Evans has also lost six of his last ten. Another quarter which looks very open. Notable unseeded players are Ryan Joyce, Jose de Sousa, Vincent Van der Voort and Chris Dobey.
The fourth quarter has a rejuvenated Peter Wright whose tail is up after the World Cup win, the out of form Joe Cullen, Gerwyn Price and the out of form Bunting. It is hard to say where Gerwyn Price’s form is. He has won five of his last ten which isn’t great and his decision to take a holiday right before the World Cup backfired. He was nowhere near his best and his pair’s partner, Jonny Clayton is out of form and needed a lot more help than he got. I would fancy Peter Wright to come through that quarter but Price could be anything.
The unseeded players in the bottom corner include Glen Durrant, William O’Connor and Cody Harris and Peter Wright’s job got a lot harder with the draw. I would expect him to face William O’Connor in the 2nd round and possibly Glen Durrant in the 3rd. If anything the draw makes Price look like the favourite to come through that quarter now.
Danish Darts Open Tips
The draw has thrown up a couple of outsiders who might just have a good path to the latter stages.
Chris Dobey is in good form and he plays the out or form Steve West in the first round. He would then face an out of form Ricky Evans in round two and likely Rob Cross or Van der Voort in the third. That is not an impossible path to the quarter final stage. His odds are very generous.
1 point e/w Chris Dobey @ 126.00 with Ladbrokes, Coral
Jose de Sousa is a big long shot. On his Euro Tour debut and yet to win a PDC title but he is in very good form and a massive price. He has to beat Scott Taylor in the first round which isn’t an easy match but if he gets past him he faces the injured Darren Webster. There is a path to the 3rd round and who knows what can happen then.
0.25 point e/w Jose de Sousa @ 301.00 with Marathon Bet
Steve Lennon and William O’Connor will be buzzing after reaching the final of the World Cup. Both players have reached Euro Tour finals before and both lost to MVG. He isn’t here this weekend and maybe Irish eyes will be smiling come Sunday night. O’Connor has a harder looking path to the quarters so I’ll go for Lennon who is due to play Wade in round 2 and Wade hasn’t been in great form. If he gets past him then he is in with a chance.
0.5 point Steve Lennon @ 81.00 generally available
Of the shorter priced players, Gerwyn Price has a good draw. He really should make it to the quarter final which would most likely be a match with Peter Wright or Glen Durrant or William O’Connor. All tricky but if he can bring his A game, which was absent at the World Cup, he need fear nobody.
2 points Gerwyn Price @ 13.00 with BET365