The third Euro Tour event takes place in Munich this weekend. It starts on Saturday and ends on Monday rather than the usual Friday to Sunday. Our Darts tipster James Punt has put together an in-depth preview. Check out his German Grand-Prix Darts tips below…
German Grand-Prix Darts Tips: MVG Likes It In Germany
This is only the third German Darts Grand prix with both previous ones being won by Michael van Gerwen. Peter Wright was runner up last year and Rob Cross in 2017.
Van Gerwen will start as the odds on favourite given his tournament record and recent excellent form. He has continued with a relatively light schedule skipping the player’s championship events since mid-February and he is concentrating on the Premier League and Euro Tour only for the moment. He is the number 1 seed and as usual the whole tournament revolves around him.
If he goes out the ante post odds on the other players are suddenly pure gold and he does get beaten. Van Gerwen won the opening Euro Tour event after surviving match darts against him in the quarter final. He lost his first match in the German Darts Championship which was then won by Daryl Gurney. The depth of quality in darts these days continues to grow and it gets harder for players like Van Gerwen to dominate week in week out.
Van Gerwen Hard To Oppose
MVG is hitting top form right now and he is hard to oppose. He has won eight of his last ten matches with one defeat and a draw. He demolished Rob Cross in the Premier League on Thursday night and seems very focused on his job at the moment. When he means business it is hard to beat and his odds of 1.91 are only fair.
As usual MVG is in the top half of the draw which contains some seeded players who are out of form. Darren Webster is suffering with very painful tennis elbow which is making playing darts very difficult. Also in the top half we have Joe Cullen, usually much better in Europe than anywhere else but who has lost five of his last ten matches. Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright are also losing a lot of matches but MVG may very likely face the very much in-form James Wade at the quarter final stage. Wade won their last encounter 7-3.
Machine In Full Working Order
James Wade is THE form player right now. He won three player’s championships in 8 days and has now won 15 matches in a row. In his last 24 matches he has won 22 drawn one and lost just 1.
Also in the top half is Michael Smith who may well have to face James Wade in the 3rd round. Smith must hate the sight of Wade as he just doesn’t seem to play his A game against him. Bully Boy has suffered six straight losses to Wade in the last year.
Winner of the German Darts Championship, Daryl Gurney, is seeded 11th and is also in the top half of the draw. He has a good looking draw. The seeds standing in his way of a potential semi-final with MVG are Wright, Cullen and Suljovic. None of them are in great form and Gurney will be feeling good after winning in Germany three weeks ago. He did lose to Suljovic in the Premier League on Thursday but neither player was at their best.
Gurney Over MVG Hoodoo
Gurney reached the semi-final here last year, losing to MVG. Since then Gurney has gotten over his Van Gerwen Hoodoo. He famously beat him in the final of the Players Championship at the tail end of last year, and followed that up by beating him 7-5 in the Premier League. If he faces MVG in the semi-final he will go into the match with much more belief than he did 12 months ago.
The bottom half of the draw has ‘Stage Fright’ Ian Wright as number two seed. That seeding is a result of his excellent form in floor events and not his rather poor stage form. In his last 15 stage matches he has won just five. He did win the Dutch Darts Championship last year so he can do it but his poor stage form cannot be glossed over.
Cross Has Regained Spark
The bottom half also features out of form Simon Whitlock but the rest of the seeds are all very capable players if not all at the peak of their powers. Adrian Lewis seems to have just gone off the boil. Dave Chisnall seems to be suffering from the same affliction as Ian White as struggling for form on the stage. Rob Cross has been playing very well so far this year.
He has relaxed after the World Champion title has been lifted from his shoulders and seems to be enjoying life more. His most recent form has been affected by illness and he may still not be at his best. His 2-8 defeat to MVG on Thursday means he has won just five of his last ten so his form isn’t great.
Max Hopp is a stronger player on home soil but his recent form has been patchy and the two danger men in the bottom half of the draw look to be the Welsh duo of Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price. Clayton has won eight of his last ten matches and is a Euro Tour winner.
German Grand-Prix Darts Tips: Price Scratched From Field
Price also won his first Euro Tour title last year and his form since then has been excellent. He did suffer a bit of a drop in form and was struggling with his beloved double top finish. But, he has looked better in the last couple of weeks. He is scoring heavily again and checking out very well once more as was seen on Thursday when he beat Michael Smith 8-5
Interestingly Price has confirmed he is to appeal his £21500 fine imposed on him by the DRA after the Grand Slam of Darts victory. My guess is that he will ultimately be successful, not with the DRA itself, but with the courts. It will be interesting to see if the process becomes a distraction for him as it could drag on for many months and cost him a small fortune if it goes all the way to the high court. The late news is that Gerwyn Price has withdrawn from this tournament so he can be scratched off the short list.
German Grand-Prix Darts Tips: Clayton A Dark Horse
Jonny Clayton isn’t one of the big names and he can fly under the radar accordingly. His form on the floor has been excellent for some time and he won PC8 last month, his third PDC title. His stage form hasn’t been as good as his floor form but he reached the quarter finals of the Grand Slam and Players Championship final late last year as well as winning the Austrian Open. He certainly is one of the in-form dark horses in the field this weekend.
Of the unseeded players there are plenty of in-form players who could have a good run in the tournament. Jamie Hughes looks like a winner waiting to happen. He has been hitting a lot of ton+ averages but keeps on running into a player who puts in even better scoring. That won’t last forever and he is building up plenty of experience which will serve him well in the future. He certainly is a player nobody will want to be drawn against.
Glen Durrant is another BDO defector who is playing very well in the PDC. He has already got a pro tour title under his belt, reached two player’s championship quarter finals last weekend and has won eight of his last ten matches. His stage form isn’t as good and he does lack experience of these big tournaments compared to the generally sparse BDO audiences he was used to. That will improve and improve quite quickly but he still has a bit to get used to before he can play his best in front of the big crowds.
Adonis In Excellent Form
Evergreen Steve Beaton has been playing well recently, winning eight of his last ten matches. Perhaps winning the title is too big an ask. But, he is another unseeded player that nobody will want to face early on. Stephen Bunting is another player who has won eight of his last ten matches and reached the quarter final in the last Euro Tour event. That is his problem. He does tend to get tight the deeper he goes in a tournament which makes winning titles very hard.
Ratajski Could Rattle Them
Krzysztof Ratajski has hit a patch of good form, winning eight of his last ten matches. He won three pro tour titles last year and surely a Euro Tour title will come his way one day. He is winning plenty of matches but he hasn’t had a good run in a tournament since winning PC 21 and 22 last October.
Ross Smith continues to impress. He has a very good throwing action and reached the 3rd round in the European Open last month. The UK Open quarter finalist is a dangerous opponent who is improving. Another player who has been around a while and who can be a very useful player is Chris Dobey. He has won seven of his last ten and more eye catching is that of those ten matches, six saw average over 100. A good run this weekend would be no surprise but the fact remains that he has yet to win a PDC title.
So we have the obvious favourite, MVG, as the odds on favourite. However, there a few seeds and unseeded players worth supporting.
The local qualifiers haven’t been played yet nor the draw made so sods law will no doubt apply but one cannot wait forever.
German Grand-Prix Darts Tips
0.5 point e/w Daryl Gurney to win @ 34.00 with Marathon Bet
0.5 point e/w Jonny Clayton to win @ 67.00 with Ladbrokes*
1 point e/w James Wade to win @ 21.00 with Marathon Bet
0.5 point e/w Jamie Hughes to win @ 81.00 with Ladbrokes*
0.5 point e/w Krzysztof Ratajski to win @ 101.00 with Marathon Bet
*only 1/3 the odds 1-2