Osborne v Van Gerwen: Mighty Mike looks mighty fine

if Mighty Mike can get on a roll he could be due a deep run in a major tournament

Michael van Gerwen has had accusations of underachievement hurled at him ever since he became the youngest player ever – just 17 years, 257 days – to win a televised major darts tournament. The denunciations are ludicrous given that he is still only 22, but at the same time offer an indication of the young Dutchman’s awesome ability.

Fortunately for darts fans everywhere, there have been signs recently that he may be about to realise some of that potential. He still needs to learn to keep his emotions in check a little bet but I get the felling that if Mighty Mike can get on a roll he could be due a deep run in a major tournament sooner rather than later.

His first obstacle at Ally Pally is the increasingly unflattering Colin Osborne. The 2009 Championship League winner has gone off the boil in the past 12 months and hasn’t made it past the last 16 of a major tournament since the 2010 Players Championship Finals almost two years ago.

The Middlesbrough man is a consistent enough player to maintain a position in the top 32 of the rankings, but his game appears to have remained static in recent years and no longer possesses that little bit extra required to win major tournaments.

He’ll need to get off to a good start, but if he does Van Gerwen could run away with this one, and set up a mouth-watering second round clash with Mervyn King.

Recommended Bet:

Back Van Gerwen to win @ 10/11 with Ladbrokes

Back Van Gerwen -1.5 sets @ 13/8 with Sky Bet

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/12/2011 - 18:49 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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