Dubai Darts Masters 2016 quarters: Eight arrowsmiths contest MvG crown
Holly Thackeray | May 25, 2016
Dubai Darts Masters 2016
- Thursday, May 26th – Friday, May 27th
- Quarter-final session from: 21:00-01:00 BST
- Dubai Tennis Centre, Dubai
- Shown on ITV4
Van Gerwen chasing fourth successive title
Now that the PDC’s bread and butter of the Premier League is done and dusted, it’s time for the annual televised summer darts road trip to begin, as oche favourites gather across the globe for the World Series of Darts events across spring and summer 2016.
The first thrilling leg is the Dubai Darts Masters, with eight excellent arrowsmiths headed out the United Arab Emirates for the fourth edition of this popular short format competition.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 25, 2016
Amazingly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, recently crowned Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen has won all three previous darting contests in Dubai, and seeks his fourth Dalah trophy here.
Though there are a gaggle of superstars jostling to take his throne from him in Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall and, last but not least, Phil Taylor – who has helped himself to six titles from the series. After taking spoils in Sydney, Perth and Japan before, only Auckland, Dubai and now defunct tournament Singapore remain elusive for the Englishman. Can The Power cross another off his list?
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 25, 2016
Now the draw has been made for the quarter-finals on Thursday, with the semis and grande finale to take place on Friday. So, read on for Coral’s best bets from these Dubai darts duels…
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
After a poor Premier League season which saw fan favourite Chisnall eliminated early, Chizzy (6/5 to win this and reach the semis for a second time) has a point to prove against fellow Englishman Lewis (4/6 match favourite).
Jackpot currently holds the Auckland crown and is 12/1 to also claim this one, but has come a cropper against his compatriot before, with the darts duo level on head-to-heads with 10 apiece headed in to Dubai. Though, unlike in the Premier League there can be no draws here, which makes for an exciting match-up.
— Dave Chisnall (@ChizzyChisnall) May 25, 2016
The last two tussles have finished 7-4, with each player claiming a victory, so back a three leg difference again at 15/2 for a 10-7 scoreline in Lewis’ favour, with Jackpot knowing how to win these events.
Though, there is a tempting tip for Chizzy still to take, as the renowned maximums man is a generous 11/10 to rack up over 6.5 180s in this all-English encounter.
Phil Taylor v James Wade
As 5/1 tournament shout Taylor licks his wounds from an emphatic Premier League Finals Night collapse to MvG, it is worth remembering that the all-time great regularly bounces back with big wins.
The Power, a specialist in these events, is therefore odds-on at 1/3 to turn it on and win against Wade, having been defeated by The Machine just 10 times out of 63 attempts.
Wade memorably lost the 2015 Perth Masters final to superior The Power and, having been inconsistent in his Premier League campaign, in which he was trounced twice by Taylor, looks short at 9/4 to reach the semis.
Instead, punters can plump for the reigning Perth, Sydney and Japan Darts Masters champion at 9/4 to start as he means to go on with a marvellous maximum in the opening leg.
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
World champion Anderson finds his first foe is veteran Van Barneveld, and The Flying Scotsman is 1/3 favourite to see off his quarter-final competitor, with the world number two having had the best of their past five battles.
On head-to-heads it is close, however, with Barney still leading by 14-12, and the Dutch darts cult hero is a nifty 9/4 to pull a surprise victory out of the bag.
Anderson has made the semis of this event in Dubai before, but it is Barney who has the better record in the World Series, having made the first ever final of this competition in 2013, and also made the final two in Auckland last term, narrowly losing out to Lewis.
There looks most value to be had on the Scot here, though, with a 2/1 price for Anderson to be anointed King of the Oche (player to win match, most 180s and highest checkout. If any of the markets are tied, bets will be settled as losers).
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Poor Wright always seems to have his dreams of landing notable PDC silverware ended abruptly by either MvG or Taylor, and looks set to go out of this competition in the quarters, with Van Gerwen unlikely to surrender his title so early.
Taking on a three-time winner on the trot will be no easy feat, especially with Mighty Mike (1/7 for the match spoils) bullish after netting the Premier League prize.
Also odds-on at 4/5 to retain, The Green Machine is looking unstoppable again, and is set to make it a case of more misery for his colourful Scottish opponent, with Snakebite left out of his nation’s team for the upcoming World Cup of Darts.
Eight losses in a row for Snakebite against the world number one make him an unlikely 9/2 to triumph, with a poor head-to-head of eight to 34. Yet, notably his last victory against MvG arrived in the dramatic Japan Darts Masters semi-final.
Still, Mighty Mike should edge it even if Wright is on top form, and the Dutchman is a magnificent 8/1 for a 170 checkout.