Sydney Darts Masters: In-form Lewis a great price
The brave new world of the PDC expands still further this week as the Sydney Darts Masters takes place for the first time featuring some of the top players in the world and a number of local qualifiers who may be in for a torrid time at Luna Park.
There has been some controversy in the build-up to this brand new tournament with James Wade being hit with a four event ban and so it is just seven of the world’s top eight rather than what was previously advertised that will take part.
In truth this does not do a fat lot to affect the odds with Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor going into the competition as joint favourites no matter what is standing in their way. Certainly Wade’s form has been decent but nowhere near good enough to upset the current duopoly at the top of the world rankings.
Bwin are offering the best price on both Mighty Mike and the Power to get their hands on the trophy which stands at 9/4 and it seems probable there will be money to be made on one of these two who have shared the vast majority of TV tournaments so far this year.
The only man who seems to have a reasonable chance of getting in on the act at the moment is the European Champion Adrian Lewis who does seem to have something of the Indian sign over MVG at the moment and was superb in defeat in the Matchplay final against Taylor. Jackpot is more than capable of mounting another challenge down under and especially if the Power has one of his rare off days as he did in the Dubai Duty Free Masters then Lewis could prove tremendous value at 15/2 with Boyle Sports.
The likes of Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld could well turn up in the latter stages but there is little evidence that would warrant backing them even at 10/1 and 11/1 respectively.
The rest of the seeds are Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton and Paul Nicholson but it would take a brave punter to back any of them out right. What should not be a problem for any of the seeds though is getting through the first round with the local qualifiers not all hopeless but not in the same league as the men they will face first up in Sydney.
Backing anyone other than MVG and Taylor this year does feel like something of a punt but it is hard to argue with the excellent form of Lewis in recent months, and these brand new tournaments can throw up some surprise results that could see the tournament favourites suffer. Jackpot is certainly worth backing at a generous price of 15/2 with Boyle Sports.