Hot on the heels of the Grand Slam of Darts the PDC Tour moves onto the Players Championship finals on Friday.
The top-64 players from the Players Championship events of 2020 will be facing off in Coventry for some multi-board action minus the usual Minehead mayhem.
Favourites Out of Form
Gerwyn Price is the
7/2 joint-favourite alongside MVG but his draw looks difficult enough to pose questions of him at that price.
Peter Wright is next in at
5/1 but Snakebite hasn’t been in great form and at the prices, it could pay to look further down the betting.
Wade in With the Machine
James Wade enjoyed a fantastic run to the final of the Grand Slam earlier this week and he looks a value each-way play at
The Machine won all three group stage matches in Coventry and that was a challenging section containing Damon Heta, Jermaine Wattimena and Glen Durrant.
Wade then went on to beat Ian White with a 96.18 three-dart average, at the last-16 stage, before once again beating Heta with a 101.66 effort in the last eight.
The Aldershot man showed all his class when beating the in-form Dimitri van den Bergh in the semis, and although the final against Jose de Sousa prived to be a step too far, that doesn’t take away from Wade’s excellent chance at the Players.
The Machine looks to have been handed a kind draw, with Brendan Dolan and Ryan Joyce the highest-ranked players housed in his section and he could well outrun his odds this week.
Polish Eagle Ready to Take off
Just scanning the recent results of the Polish Eagle wouldn’t give you much confidence about his chances of winning this week, but look a bit deeper and a good run doesn’t look too far away.
Ratajski’s three-match averages in the recent Grand Slam were 94.37, 94.76 and 104.18. The Warsaw man can consider himself a little unlucky to come away from that event with just a single win and you can say the same when he averaged 99.76 in a first-round defeat to Steve West in the European Championships.
The results aren’t going Ratajski’s way, but the performance level is there and it looks only a matter of time before the Polish Eagle enjoys a good run.
*All odds correct at time of writing