The 4th Euro Tour event of the year comes once again from Germany and the 3rd German Darts Open from Saarbrücken. Our darting expert James Punt has had a good look at the tournament and has picked out some value bets. Check out his German Darts Open Tips below…
German Darts Open Tips: MVG on Fire
Michael Van Gerwen has won two of the first three Euro Tour titles and Daryl Gurney the other. This is a tournament which MVG has yet to win, losing in the quarter finals in 2017 and 2018. Max Hopp is the defending champion after he beat Michael Smith to send the home fans into ecstasy. Peter Wright won in 2017 so he is defending a big chunk of ranking prizemoney just when he is out of form.
Van Gerwen has been in excellent form in recent weeks. He has targeted the Premier League and the Euro Tour and hasn’t ground himself down with playing player’s championship events. It has worked well and he is somewhere near his best form. He won last weekend’s German Darts Grand Prix with some ease although Ratajski missed three key doubles which allowed MVG to win their match 6-4 and he was given a good game by Ted Evetts who took MVG to a deciding leg in the quarter final.
To be fair Van Gerwen wasn’t at his best for that match but it does go to show that he is still vulnerable in the early stages of these events and it is just a matter of his opponents taking any chances that he offers them. Ratajski didn’t but Evetts did.
Draw Looks Tough For Van Gerwen
Van Gerwen is the number 1 seed and is in the top half of the draw which once again looks very tough. Also in the top half we have James Wade, Clayton, Suljovic, Gurney and Chisnall. MVG will face Dimitri van den Bergh in all likelihood in the second round and his third round opponent will be Clemens, RVB or Wattimena. All potentially tricky.
The bottom half looks much more open. Ian White is the number two seed but how he is going to pick himself up after his humiliating defeat to Karel Sedlacek I do not know. He was beaten 6-4 but it was the manner of his defeat that was the thing. He missed 32 darts at a double. His opponent was just about as bad and it was like really poor pub darts.
German Darts Open Tips : Webster Struggling
Darren Webster continues to struggle with is tennis elbow problem and he too lost to Sedlacek. His form was a bit better but his elbow problem can flare up at any time and he isn’t winning many matches. Adrian Lewis’ form has also taken a bit of a dive, losing his last four matches in a row.
Home favourite Max Hopp is in the bottom half and he looks to have a very decent draw as he attempts to defend his title. He reached the semi-final last weekend and really should have made the final, losing his semi to Simon Whitlock 6-7. Hopp does lift his game in front of his many fans and his quarter of the draw looks the weakest, seeds wise. He will face the winner of Bunting vs. Henderson, both in form and playing well. Either will be tough but far from impossible.
The bottom quarter is tougher with Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Euro Tour specialist Joe Cullen and last week’s runner up Simon Whitlock being the seeded players. They are joined by the very promising Jamie Hughes as an unseeded player who could cause them all problems.
Aspinall In Decent Form
Of the unseeded players there are some very dangerous looking players who could have a good run. UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall is in good form with eight wins from his last ten. He will be raring to go having had a relatively light schedule since winning his title. World Championship quarter finalist Luke Humphries is in action and he is in good form winning eight of his last ten and he was runner up in two development tour events last weekend. His player’s championship form has been disappointing after his great run at Ally Pally and it will be interesting to see how he gets on this weekend.
Jamie Hughes just can’t buy a break despite playing well and it might be starting to frustrate him. He drew Glen Durrant in the first round last weekend and lost 1-6. His scoring remains heavy however and if he can just get a half decent draw, get a couple of wins under his belt he could go deep. He has indeed got that decent draw, playing the out of form Brendan Dolan in the first round and if he gets through that, Simon Whitlock. The Wizard was runner up last week but the bottom half of the draw was bit like a game of pass the parcel and he won.
De Zwaan On The Up
The player I am most excited about is Jeffery de Zwann. Surely one of the most talented of the new wave of young players coming up the ranks. He was the runner up in player’s championship 12 a couple of weeks ago and he followed that up by winning development tour 5 the following weekend.
Ok it is just the development tour, a lower level than this, but to win DT5 he won eight matches and averaged over a ton in seven of them including a 112 semi-final average and 109 in the final. It doesn’t matter who you are playing if you score like that. It was strange then that in DT6, 7 and 8 his scoring was poor. He reached the quarter final of DT6 but had five sub 90 averages in DT 7 and 8. If he brings the form that got him to the final of player’s championship 12 and won DT5 then winning this tournament is not an unrealistic proposition.
He has drawn Kyle Anderson in the first round and Anderson has just four wins from ten. He isn’t a push over but he is beatable. The reward would be a match vs. Ian White, shell shocked after last week’s debacle on the doubles.
German Darts Open Tips: Ante Post Selections
The bottom half of the draw looks offer the best value and despite being mutually exclusive I like three players in that section. The top half is a minefield and of course has the hard to oppose Van Gerwen in there as well. That said he is not bomb proof and won’t get any easy matches.
2 points e/w Jeffery de Zwann to win @ 81.00 Hills, Betfred
1 point e/w Jamie Hughes to win @ 67.00 with Betfred
0.5 point e/w Daryl Gurney to win @ 26.00 generally available
0.5 point e/w Max Hopp to win @ 101.00 with Marathon Bet