It’s not quite the PDC v BDO showdown it once was, with only two BDO representatives this year after the demise of the organisation, but there still looks to be some decent betting opportunities.
Last year’s BDO champions Wayne Warren and Mikuru Suzuki are in the field but they look to have a tough task ahead of them.
Gerwyn Price is looking to land his third successive Grand Slam crown and his chances are respected. However, at
7/2 the prospect of a hat-trick of titles hasn’t been missed by the oddsmakers and it could pay to look elsewhere.
Michael van Gerwen is the joint-favourite alongside the Iceman, with Peter Wright next in at
MVG has major questions to answer regarding his current form, while Snakebite’s draw in Group E alongside Ian White, Devon Petersen and Dirk van Duijvenbode looks tough. Both throwers are capable of winning this event but there doesn’t seem to be too much value in their prices.
The Special One Can Make a Major Breakthrough
Further down the betting Jose de Sousa is available at
20/1 and he makes plenty of each-way appeal at that mark.
There’s no denying that Group C looks a stacked section with Michael Smith, Krzysztof Ratajski and Lisa Ashton competing alongside the Special One. However, the prices seem to underestimate De Sousa’s chances of progressing.
The Portugese arrowsmith is averaging 98.38 across 76 matches on the Pro Tour this term.
Those numbers make him a top-four PDC performer, with just Price, Van Gerwen and Wright ahead of him and it’s only a matter of time before the Special One makes the breakthrough in a major tournament.
A runner-up spot in Group C really is the least De Sousa should be hoping for and, if he was to progress, a last-16 tie against any of Rob Cross, Dave Chisnalll, Luke Humphries or Justin Pipe shouldn’t be an insurmountable task.
Heta Can Turn the Heat on Wade
There are plenty of matches in the round-robin format and Damon Heta looks worth backing to beat James Wade.
Heta has made major waves since securing a two-year PDC Tour Card in January.
In 50 matches the Heat has already become a top-ten performer on the averages and it doesn’t look as though he will struggle to back-up those performances on the big stage.
The Aussie performed brilliantly under pressure in the recent World Cup of Darts and he showed he can handle the big occasion when beating Wade in last year’s Melbourne Darts Masters.
The Machine isn’t easily opposed but at the prices Heat looks set to put a spanner in the works.
*All odds correct at time of writing