Outright darts bets
Unlike most seeded tournaments, the draw is completely round, in the style of the FA Cup. So the top players could meet each other along the way at any point. There is no planned route. As a result of this, there looks a good opportunity to steer away from the top of the market and indulge in some bigger price value.
I wrote in my preview of the Masters that I was expecting a big year from Michael Smith. He was eliminated in the opening round on that occasion, but it will take a lot more than that to put me off.
At Q-school he impressively came through a field of players at the first time of asking, and as a PDC professional has recorded a win, final, quarter-final and a last 32 in eight events over the last month and a half.
This price is just pure bonkers. The two-time World Champion has had a poor couple of years due to laziness. Now done to number 20 in the World, Jackpot has a point to prove and that makes him a massive danger. He also went through a day of European Tour qualification unbeaten during February.
This major offers big prize money and a cracking opportunity for Lewis to climb back up the rankings. Along similar lines, James Wade also has a point to prove. Wade reached the final of the first Players Championship even this year and reached a quarter-final at the UK Open qualifiers. After an underwhelming , Kim Huybrechts has been working hard to get his game back intact. The Hurricane has been going to Wayne Mardle to work on his action and in a loss to Van Gerwen at The Masters, he produced some exhibition stuff that very few are capable of.
He has a pretty good record in the UK Open too, improving each year. Despite tasting defeat, the tournament was a great springboard for Price who has done well and secured a place in the Premier League.
Wright did not have the best of times at the World Championship and struggled with injury but has been approaching his best again in the Premier League, defeating Michael van Gerwen and could make the latter stages of the tournament.
Price reached the third round of the World Championship before losing to Michael van Gerwen and has found life tough in the Premier League. The Welshman has great battling qualities and if at his best could reach the quarter-final stage of the UK Open. The Dutchman has won this tournament twice in his career with back-to-back titles in and but was forced to withdraw last year, so will consider himself as the defending champion again in To put it simply, if the world number one turns up and throws his best darts, he is extremely difficult to beat and it would be a surprise not to see him in the final.
Current world champion, Rob Cross, has not had the best of times since winning the World Championship and was eliminated from the Darts Masters at the quarter-final stage. The Englishman has also lost a couple of matches in the Premier League but is sure to return to his best as he comes to terms with being the man everyone wants to beat.
This could be the tournament which sees Cross get back to his best and he could make the final if his form is good. Looking at potential outsiders and Simon Whitlock has been going very well in the Premier League this season, yet remains unfancied by the bookmakers for this tournament.
If the Australian can bring his Premier League form to Minehead, he has every chance of winning. Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup. Super League Swiss Cup. Australia and New Zealand: Swedish Hockey League Hockeyallsvenskan. England Poland Sweden Grand Prix Denmark Prime minister after next election. Next General Election Next President.