Who is Favourite For The Darts Masters?
January 25, 2019
The next televised PDC major is fast approaching as the Arena MK gets ready to host the 2019 Masters.
The name on everyone’s lips is a man who has dominated the competition in recent years; Michael van Gerwen. Hot off the heels off winning two individual awards at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner, the Dutch superstar will be hoping to add to his tournament honours with this year’s Masters.
Van Gerwen was rewarded on the night for an incredible year which saw him win a staggering 19 titles in 2018 and the PDC World Championship on New Year’s Day. One of those was in this very competition, which he has now triumphed in four years in a row. If he can add another, it will complete a half-decade of dominance in the tournament and will be another feat in the icon’s legacy.
He will be joined in his quest for silverware by fifteen others, all quality players in their right and the crème de la crème of the dart’s world. One such man is the Scottish legend Gary Anderson, who has formed a budding rivalry with van Gerwen. Anderson also won an award at the Awards Dinner, the Fan’s Player of the Year trophy, showing the support he has amongst the dart’s faithful.
He had success in the oche as well, with the Scotsman taking both the World Matchplay and UK Open home. Van Gerwen just about has the better record in recent meetings between the two, but Anderson has repeatedly shown that he can best the Dutchman. By van Gerwen’s own admission, Anderson is his biggest threat.
The Best of the Rest
However, even the strongest of favourites have no guarantee of a win and there are plenty of other names in the hat that could make a lasting impression this year. Rob Cross, last year’s winner and current world number two, will be looking to add the trophy to his honours list. He’ll have to overcome Joe Cullen in the first round if he’s to be successful, but if he does so, he’ll have a decent chance of going all the way. Peter Wright might also do well, though his chances of finishing as champion are a lot slimmer than the three in front of him.
In terms of outsiders, Daryl Gurney might be one to keep an eye on. He is the current holder of the Players Championship after beating van Gerwen in a thrilling 11-9 victory. He should have enough in his locker to make it past Dave Chisnall in the first set of fixtures and his win against van Gerwen proved that he can battle it out with the best. While he’s not the definition of a rank outsider, there could be a lot of value in the odds for the Northern Irish national to win it. He’s 40/1 with Ladbrokes to take the title.
A Tale of Fire and Ice?
One of the most interesting ties will see two players who have courted controversy this past year go head to head. The fixture pits PDC regular James Wade against the outspoken Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price and both have been under fire for their conduct with fellow professionals. Wade caused a stir at the PDC World Championship in his match against Seigo Asada after he celebrated his sudden death win in the face of his opposition. It was a slightly out of character moment for Wade and he rightly apologised as soon as the match was over. His opponent, however, is much more accustomed to such headlines.
Price has a reputation for alleged gamesmanship and this came to the fore in his Grand Slam match against Gary Anderson. The Welshman was accused of ‘slow play and over-exuberant celebrations’ by his defeated opposition and the Darts Regulation Authority agreed. They fined him £21,500, imposed a suspended three-month ban and warned him about his future conduct. While Price will have to tone down his antics now, there will be no shortage of sparks in this tie, though we hope the headlines will come from the action on the board, not off it.
It’s always difficult to make a prediction, especially in a sport like darts where there are so many quality contenders. The Masters though has historically been Michael van Gerwen’s personal playground and his form this year has seen him become nigh unplayable. While there’s certainly enough talent in the ranks to challenge him, the Dutchman is the clear favourite to win in the darts betting odds and I fully expect him to do so.
The full line up of this year’s competition is as follows:
(1) Michael van Gerwen vs (16) Jonny Clayton
(8) Mensur Suljovic vs (9) Simon Whitlock
(5) Daryl Gurney vs (12) Dave Chisnall
(4) Gary Anderson vs (13) Darren Webster
(2) Rob Cross vs (15) Joe Cullen
(7) Gerwyn Price vs (10) James Wade
(6) Michael Smith vs (11) Ian White
(3) Peter Wright vs (14) Adrian Lewis
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Cyrus has been writing about sports and many other topics for major publications over the past five years. Now working in digital marketing, he spends his days arguing over football and dreaming of his beloved Manchester City winning the champions league.