Chisnall could make major breakthrough
The Players Championship Finals get underway on Friday afternoon and with precious little time between now and the World Championships kicking off it is the perfect opportunity for players to get their game in order before getting to the Alexandra Palace.
Having said that though, when the tournament was moved to this part of the year for the first time last season, it didn’t prove to be much help when it came to the biggest event of them all. Kevin Painter famously won the event, and his colleagues in the last four in Doncaster were Mark Webster, Wes Newton and Scott Rand, only Painter got past the second round at the Ally Pally and he crashed out in the third. With this in mind it may be unwise to gauge World Championship performances on the competition, now held in Minehead, but that doesn’t mean to say there won’t be some fantastic darts on show.
What this year’s edition of the tournament does represent is something of a turning point in terms of odds. For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, Phil Taylor is not favourite for a competition with everyone; he is with most, but not all of them. Sky Bet have priced Michael van Gerwen at 3/1 with the Power at 10/3, there isn’t much in it but it is a milestone in darts history. Other players haven’t even been close to Taylor in the odds in terms of odds, now someone has eclipsed him! This is pretty monumental news.
It is hard not to fancy van Gerwen against anyone at the moment, he bulldozed his way past Taylor in the final of a tour event last weekend to win his seventh of the year and he can clearly beat anyone in front of him, regardless of how they are playing if he is firing. Most still have him as second favourite for the title at 5/1 and that looks a pretty good offer on a man that has so consistently been averaging three figures in recent months.
Dave Chisnall is behind the two front runners in the odds, and thanks to his sublime floor form will go into the event seeded number one. He hasn’t quite converted his undoubted talent into performances on the stage and it is only a matter of time till he does so his price of 10/1 with William Hill looks one to back, at least each way.
Painter winning last year and Paul Nicholson managing the feat in 2010 shows that a real outside can win this event though and if we are looking for value bets then Robert Thornton looks an incredibly good price at 50/1 with Boyle Sports. The Thorn has rediscovered his brilliant best form this year and has backed up his UK Open win with more great wins on the stage and the floor so a pound or two on the Scot could be well placed.
The Players Championship Finals is an unusual tournament in the fact that the seeding is based on the Pro Tour Order of Merit so plenty of big names are next to each other in the draw. Taylor, van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis are all together in the bottom quarter so picking a semi-finalist from there is something of a minefield. Interestingly, Sky Bet have both MVG and the Power at 11/8 to win their quarter although have the Dutchman at lower odds than Taylor for the title.
It is famously an unpredictable tournament and anything could happen at Butlins in Minehead, if you can pick your surprise package early then the Christmas presents could be paid for thanks to your pick.
Robert Thornton (E/W) @ 50/1 with Boylesports
Dave Chisnall to win @ 10/1 with William Hill
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 29/11/2012 - 17:57 PM
Filed in:- Players Championship Finals Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock
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