Averages and nine-darter markets look profitable
Whilst all the talk in the media is on who will lift the famous World Matchplay trophy in Blackpool this month there is plenty of value to be found amongst the other outright markets available during the tournament.
Betting on the winners of each quarter can often prove fruitful and this year it is the second quarter which offers most value. James Wade is the favourite to make it through to the semis from this section of the draw and given his fantastic record in the tournament he looks a good price at 12/5 with Coral to do just that.
If it were not to be the Machine though the best value looks to be the bang in form Jelle Klaasen who is all the way out at 10/1 to make it to the semi-finals. He has a tough first round draw against Simon Whitlock but if he is to get through that then he will be a real force at a tens with Sky Bet could be worth a punt.
There seems to be some good value in the fourth quarter as well with European Champion Adrian Lewis the favourite to make it into the final four at a tempting 6/5 with Sky Bet. His only real challengers are Robert Thornton and Andy Hamilton and although both can beat Jackpot, if the double world champ is in form, which he is, then he would be backed.
Interestingly in the market to reach the final the tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen does not have the shortest price with Phil Taylor favourite to make it to the final two. The Power is 13/10 with Bwin and with MVG or Lewis in his half this still looks a pretty good price on the world number one.
Another interesting market is on the man to score the highest 3-dart average of the tournament and if it is anyone but either MVG or Taylor there is plenty of money to be made. It is fair to say that there is better chance of a higher average in the earlier rounds over the shorter best of 19 format so it is certainly not a foregone conclusion that the winner of the tournament will score the highest average. The likes of Kim Huybrechts could easily hit a huge average and looks tremendous value at 33/1 with Bet Victor whilst Simon Whitlock also looks a big price at 22/1 with the same bookmaker.
Interestingly the bookmakers are now expecting a 9-darter to be hit in the competition after two were hit last year. In reality though the feat is still a rare one and the 27/20 that YouWin are offering for there not to be a perfect game played looks a pretty good bet.
There are plenty more markets to explore away from the outright winner and the individual matches, stay here at DartsBettingNews.co.uk for all the news.
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