The Masters Darts Tips and Odds: MVG to Attract Support at Generous Price

Michael van Gerwen confirmed his position as the best Darts player in the world by winning his third PDC World Championship on New Year’s Day. The ruthlessness he showed when dismantling an out of sorts Gary Anderson in the semi final and when shattering Michael Smith’s dreams on the Alexandra Palace stage, suggest that Van Gerwen’s dominance is going to continue for a long time yet.

Mighty Mike will be introduced as the reigning world champion wherever he goes this year. That will give him extra confidence if it were needed as he seeks a fifth straight win at the Masters, which pits the top 16 in the PDC Order of Merit against one another in a seeded, straight knockout draw at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Five in a Row for Mighty Mike?

The difference between Van Gerwen and the rest when the Dutchman is at his best is such that some will be surprised to see our odds comparison has him available at even money to win the upcoming Masters. That is a reflection of the difficulty of this tournament both in terms of the players the favourite will have to beat and the format.

In theory, Van Gerwen should have the easiest first round of all as the draw is seeded so that the first seed plays the 16th, second plays 15th and so on. Try telling Jonny Clayton that he will be an easy match though. Van Gerwen knows that things can get away from you quickly in a straight leg format so he must be at it from the very first dart if he is to win the Masters again.

The thing is, that his mental fortitude is every bit as fearsome as his technical ability at the oche. He also has the fear factor which will ratchet up if he beats Clayton with a big average. That makes the darts betting odds of evens available about MvG just too good to pass up.

Can the Former Golden Boys Continue to Improve

Michael Smith won many fans for making the World Championship final having put the problems that he had growing up on the oche behind him. That is an issue that both James Wade and Adrian Lewis had to deal with and although they reached higher levels than Smith at a younger age they have struggled to compete at the very top level of darts in more recent years.

Many predicted that the Wade v Lewis rivalry would be the most important in darts but nobody could have known the sheer amount of darting talent that was about to come to the fore. Both men are now having to play catch up with upwardly mobile players such as Smith, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney but they each have a chance of doing something very good at Milton Keynes.

Wade took the mantle of the darting heel for his aggressive and over the top celebrations having beaten Seigo Asada but went on to play some very good darts in hostile atmospheres. The PDC and Sky Sports decided he has done enough over the last year to earn a recall to the Premier League and his upturn in form makes him worthy of each way support here at best betting odds of 33/1.

Lewis is also available in the outright winner betting at 33/1 and is worth a punt for different reasons. He did not earn a place in the Premier League, which will doubtless sting a player who has won the World Championship twice. There were hints of the old Lewis at Alexandra Palace despite the fact he was battling flu symptoms and he has every chance of beating Peter Wright in his opener.

Just two wins for Wade and Lewis would see them set up a mouth watering semi final against each other and guarantee an each way pay out on one of the bets so this could be the best play from the bottom half of the outright draw.

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