Chisnall can keep up fine form in Barnsley
With the world number one and undisputed best player on the planet Phil Taylor out of the picture this weekend’s Players Championship events are more widely open than many tournaments, but there is still a clear favourite and that is Michael van Gerwen.
Taylor fancies the weekend off which is his prerogative at his age but that leaves Mighty Mike the 9/4 favourite to win each event on Saturday and Sunday at the Metrodome in Barnsley.
MVG has not been in the best of form of late, however, and whilst he would have looked a great bet at that price earlier in the year he is not such a dead-cert at this point. He did reach the final of the Sydney Darts Masters but he has proved beatable having lost three times to Adrian Lewis in recent months and to Andy Hamilton in Germany just last week.
His tournament wins are into double figures this year though and this dip in form is all relative as he is still playing better than the vast majority of players, it is just not quite as good as his earth shattering form of the start of the year.
The man that has had the better of him reasonably regularly, Lewis, had something of a shocker in Germany last week going out in the first round and he has a pretty poor record in non-televised tournaments. For a man of his talent he rarely even reaches the latter stages in the Players Championships never mind wins them so he is not a particularly tempting bet at 8/1 with Sky Bet.
A man that is often a threat in these competitions though is Dave Chisnall who has a host of floor tournament wins to his name and just last week added a stage victory to his CV as he lifted the trophy at the German Darts Championship. A confident and in-form Chizzy can beat anyone on the planet and he looks the best value of anyone at 20/1 with Sky Bet.
There are others who will challenge; Peter Wright who lost in the final in Germany to Chisnall is good value at 25/1 again with Sky Bet and Simon Whitlock is always dangerous at 12/1 with Coral but judging by the most recent evidence Chisnall is the man to beat.