Michael van Gerwen is the clear favourite to win the World Championship Darts at the Ally Pally this year. Bet on Michael van Gerwen to claim the title and you’re not likely to be disappointed. He is a staggering 4/6 to win the World Championship Darts. That’s already a drop from his starting price of 8/11! The Dutchman is on fire right now and London is about to be hit by the unstoppable green machine. But can Van Gerwen be beaten? He’s exposed his vulnerabilities already this year while on the PDC Tour. And there are plenty of other great darts players eyeing the world title.
Bet on Michael van Gerwen
The reasons for backing Michael van Gerwen to win the World Championship Darts are numerous. The big one is his raw talent. Van Gerwen doesn’t need to rely on form to get himself over the line. He has won the most tournaments and the most matches of any player on the PDC Tour this year. There’s a buzz in the room when Van Gerwen plays and that gives him a mental edge over his opponents. Bet on Van Gerwen at 4/6 to win the World Championship Darts and you may not get much for your stake. But at least you’ll get something! He is surely on for the win.
Michael van Gerwen stats
Van Gerwen has a consistent +100 average on tour (103.05 to be exact), has thrown the most nine darters this year (3) and a staggering 467 maximums. Crucially, he marries a strong average with a mean checkout percentage. Van Gerwen’s 44.38% checkout rate is bettered only by his compatriot Jan Dekker (51.18%). Yet Van Gerwen has thrown 10 times as many darts this year (MVG 892 from 2,010 checkout attempts, Dekker 87 from 170). Va Gerwen boasts 19 tournament wins, losing only three finals. He has earned €1.59m in prize money in 2017.
Michael van Gerwen special bets
Van Gerwen special bets are great for those who want to back the Dutchman but consider his World Championship Darts title odds as far too low. That’s fair enough. We all want to chase the odds a bit. And the Unibet Van Gerwen special bets lets you do that. Van Gerwen is 1/7 to win his quarter, with old rival and fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld the 17/2 second-favourite to stop him. Barney endured an inconsistent mid-season on the PDC Tour but has come back strongly this autumn. He could be a good side bet if you think Van Gerwen is vulnerable. Van Gerwen is 9/4 to sink a nine dart finish at any point in the World Championship Darts. That’s not a bad bet for a player who steps up a level at the Ally Pally.
Van Gerwen v Kist betting
Unfortunately for Christian Kist, he has the duty of facing Van Gerwen in the first round of the World Championship Darts. Van Gerwen is 1/100 to win his first round match! That’s a ridiculous price and a better one would be a 3-0 result at 33/100. Yet Kist should not be taken for granted. For he has actually beaten Van Gerwen before! It was back at the Players Championship in Coventry in May 2015, when Kist edged his compatriot 6-4 in the quarter-finals. Kist lost to Peter Wright 6-1 in the semis. If you’re seeking a shock then Kist is 16/1 to beat Van Gerwen. Remember these matches are very short, so maybe Kist can catch Van Gerwen on an off day? Or maybe not.