Lewis a big price for German Darts Championship
The PDC European Tour returns after a near-three month absence on Friday with the German Darts Championship although it will be missing something fairly significant with Phil Taylor choosing not to compete in Hildesheim.
The Power has yet again silenced any doubters with victories at the UK Open, World Matchplay, Gibraltar Darts Trophy and Sydney Darts Masters in recent months and has done so in some style as well with a string of sensational performances along the way.
With him out of the way the field should open up nicely but the bookmakers now only see one man taking advantage of the Power’s well-earned holiday and that is Michael van Gerwen. MVG has already won twice on the Euro Tour this year and reached the final in Sydney showing he is in good touch so it is no real surprise that he is as low as 2/1 with Bet Victor for more success in Germany.
The overwhelming likelihood is that it will either be Mighty Mike or the man one place below him in the world rankings Adrian Lewis who is lifting the trophy come Sunday night. After Taylor these two have been the standout players this year with Lewis having won the European Championship and reaching the final of the Matchplay.
The two men have played four times of late, each of which have been sensational contests. Jackpot won the first three in Gibraltar, Mulheim and Blackpool but MVG took the most recent win Down Under. The pair look set for countless epic struggles over the next two or three decades and each will add plenty more titles to their impressive collections.
Lewis is 7/1 with Sporting Bet for success in Germany and that does look an excellent price on a double world champion who is playing very well of late.
The other man who has been in decent form of late is Simon Whitlock after reaching the final of the Euros, the quarters at the Matchplay and the semis in Sydney. He is quite rightly third favourite this weekend at a best price of 12/1 with Coral but whilst he has the quality to win the event, his tv titles are so few and far between he really is not worth taking a punt on.
The likes of Wes Newton, Kim Huybrechts and Justin Pipe have provided long-shot wins in events like this in the past but there is not a lot by way of form from any of these men to suggest they will take the title here, so it looks like it is one of the favourites that is worth backing.
MVG may prove to be good value at 2/1 but the real value is Lewis at 7/1 as he has a fantastic chance of claiming victory and that looks a seriously big price on him in this form.