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The German Darts Masters
2017-10-22 00:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 12:19:16)
German Darts Masters (World Series)
A new addition to the World Series, the format of eight invited PDC pros vs. six local qualifiers and two invited wild cards, Max Hopp and Mensur Suljovic. It’s good to encourage the local darts scene in the host countries but the local qualifiers rarely win matches, but you never know.
Michael van Gerwen heads the outright betting and he was impressive in last week’s European Darts Trophy, a little ropey at times but he got stronger as the tournament went on. His odds of 4/5 are inevitable and not great value.
Gary Anderson returns after a month off and it will be interesting to see what shape his game is in. Rusty is a possibility but he was in good form before his paternity leave. The 6/1 second favourite? That’s a leap of faith. He may be motivated by the fact that Peter Wright has taken his number two world ranking from him…and is crowing about it.
Peter Wright is third favourite at 13/2. Wright doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘Holiday’ and perhaps all the endless travelling is taking the edge of his game. He has lost four of his last six matches and was really struggling with double tops when being knocked by Kim Huybrechts last night. He averaged 110 and lost but that what happens when you miss doubles. He is not in the kind of form a 13/2 shot should be in.
Phil Taylor comes out of his semi-retirement for another chance to pick up some more pension money. Like Anderson he has been out of competitive action for a month so has no recent form to go on. The first round gives him an easy match vs. a local qualifier before he is likely to face Daryl Gurney in the second round. Taylor is a 10/1 shot and he can still win these events as we saw in Melbourne back in August.
Daryl Gurney made an early exit in last week’s European Darts Trophy, beaten by Andy Boulton. To be fair to Boulton he played very well and went on give Whitlock a game in the quarter final. Seven wins from his last ten isn’t bad for but losing three of his last four is a little worrying but that can happen after your first big win. He faces a local qualifier in the first round before a probable meeting with Taylor in the second.
Mensur Suljovic pulled out of last week’s European Darts Trophy citing ‘family reasons’ so there has to be a question mark over his participation this week. He is/was in great form and nobody enjoys playing him when he’s in form. He has avoided MVG’s side of the draw and with question marks about the form of Wright he has a good draw. Even an in form Anderson struggles against Suljovic so he could well make the final.
Raymond Van Barneveld may be starting to get used to his new darts but he lacks consistency and just doesn’t look capable of making a final never mind winning one.
James Wade is thrown another bone and a chance to make a little cash but his confidence has gone. He has lost his last three matches, the last two 1-6 and has only won four of his last ten. If there is to be a local qualifier beating one of the PDC pro’s it could well be Wade’s opponent. I am surprised that Wade is still getting invitations to play in these events; surely giving Rob Cross a chance would be more entertaining?
Kyle Anderson gets an invite thanks to his win in Auckland but it must be said his form has taken a turn for the worst since then. He has lost thirteen of his twenty two matches since then and four of his last five. He also has the misfortune of having drawn Mensur Suljovic in the first round.
For the local qualifiers the talented Martin Schindler has been drawn against MVG which is a very big task for the youngster. German number one Max Hopp is struggling for form and gets Gary Anderson in the open round.
The value bet remains Mensur Suljovic. He has only lost one of his last ten matches which is top form. He has proven he can win big tournaments and odds of 22/1 seem very generous.
1 point e/w Mensur Suljovic to win German Darts Masters @ 22/1 with Coral