Taylor returns for dominance at German Darts Masters
The PDC returns to Germany for the second time this month for the German Darts Masters this week and with Phil Taylor back in action after a couple of weeks’ rest, he is once again the clear favourite to lift the trophy in Sindelfingen.
The Power has been close to unbeatable over the last few months, winning the last two tournaments he has competed in with the World Matchplay and Sydney Darts Masters. He has given himself three tournaments off so far this month but that will only make him fresher for another assault on the European Tour.
The Power has won just one of the six European Tour events so far this season but he has only entered three and the last one he contested he emerged victorious from in Gibraltar. He is 3/1 with Paddy Power to take yet another title and there are few who would deny he looks likely to do just that.
It is always interesting to see who comes to the fore in the absence of Taylor and most would expect it to be either Michael van Gerwen or Adrian Lewis being numbers two and three in the world rankings. However, neither managed to stamp their authority at the German Darts Championship or either Players Championship event in Barnsley with neither man reaching a single final.
The two men who did impress across the two events were Dave Chisnall who won two of them and Peter Wright who he beat in each of those finals, with Ian White claiming the other event. Chisnall and Wright are both in top form at the minute and now have to be considered as genuine threats in major tournaments.
Chisnall is 18/1 with Bet365 to win his second consecutive Euro Tour title whilst Wright is out at 25/1 with Betfred and both are tempting prices, especially the latter with an each-way punt. Snakebite has been a player transformed since his run to the semi-finals of the UK Open and could easily reach his third final of the month.
The only other contender worth noting is Simon Whitlock who reached a final and a semi-final in Barnsley at the weekend and will be tough to beat in Germany. He always feels likes someone you want to back but it really is a rare occasion that he triumphs on the stage so at 16/1 with Sky Bet I think we will give him a miss.