Five fantastic Coral prices for 2016 darts Masters favourites
Holly Thackeray | January 18, 2016
Coral’s cracking darts Masters outright odds
Calling all arrowsmith addicts! The upcoming darts Masters, which runs from the January 30th-31st, brings tungsten drama back to our TV screens and brilliantly bookends a majestic month, which began with the crowing of Gary Anderson as world champion once again.
Who will be celebrating next? Coral present a host of excellent outright odds for the 2016 Masters winner, to celebrate this sport which frequently turns ordinary builders, tilers and postmen into global superstars.
Michael van Gerwen
As current holder of this trophy, Mighty Mike is the shortest price and by far and away favourite at 6/4 to retain, but is always worth a wager to win before a tournament kicks-off and his odds sky rocket.
Bruised by his 2016 PDC World Darts Championship exit to compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, Van Gerwen is a wounded lion that should prove vicious when next prodded, as he warms up for February’s Premier League Darts.
With this coveted competition the perfect palate cleanser between the bigger tournaments, the Green Machine has the perfect platform on which to reinforce his world number one ranking, and is unlikely to let go of his grasp on glory so easily.
The Flying Scotsman may have put in a series of formidable performances at the Alexandra Palace across Christmas, to eventually scoop the grand prize for the second time on the trot, but the reigning world champ is still only second favourite here.
A generous 3/1 to take this title for the first time, Anderson is an excellent choice if you are seeking to back a fresh face for victory. Still reeling from his 170 checkout to rule the world and a televised nine-darter at the Ally Pally, the Scot is certainly in top form.
Speaking just over the festive season, Anderson also told press of his form: “I said to myself after getting past the first round, just to enjoy it. I am scoring well.
“This year has been absolutely brilliant, although it has just about killed me being on the road all of the time.”
Recent beaten World Championship finalist Lewis is another tungsten hero who is capable of dusting himself off, grabbing his arrows and playing some determined and dazzling darts to stave of recent disappointment.
At a stupendous 7/1, Jackpot can run the gauntlet here, having finished as runner up here before and is up against an out-of-form Kim Huybrechts first, which should help him get up and running at the Arena:MK.
Since when has all-time great Taylor been fourth favourite for anything? Punters, then, may want to pounce for this 9/1 price while they can, after The Power confirmed he was far from finished.
A poor Worlds finished off a mixed bag of a year for the legendary English arrowsmith, but whispers of retirement and being a faded force are far from true, as undoubted flashes of greatness have still been on show. Class is permanent as they say.
With the chance to avenge his recent woeful Ally Pally exit against repeat opponent Jelle Klaasen, the former winner of this event may just make a few naysayers look like mugs yet.
One of just three players to have claimed this crown before, with only Taylor and Van Gerwen able to boast the same, Wade is surprisingly still longer at 18/1 than either of rivals Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright (both 16/1).
While The Machine certainly malfunctioned against Anderson at the recent Worlds, that is not his usual style and he knows what it takes to claim this tournament. A winner of majors before, Wade has a significant advantage over his aforementioned peers, so punters may want to consider him first for a Masters flutter.
Raymond van Barneveld
Barney’s Army were given spills and thrills at the Alexandra Palace and will be hoping for more scintillating performances from this giant of darts again. Though, for once the big Dutchman may want to ease nerves and heart-rates by taking the lead, instead of inducing unbelievable comebacks.
Perhaps not to be classed as a favourite way back at 28/1 in pricing, though he should be, having reached the last final here. Considering Barney’s recent heroics too, he is really not so much of a dark horse and could well be worth a ‘gamble’ at such outsider odds.
“To me it’s winning or nothing”, Van Barneveld said of his eventual World Championship exit, showing his fire has truly been reignited.
“Apart from some price money you’ve got just empty hands and you have to wait another year. I tried to be the world champion and really believed I could do it,” added the tigerish tungsten fan favourite. Certainly food for thought.
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