This weekend sees the arrival of a new tournament in the PDC darts calendar, and it’s set to be an absolute thriller as the world’s eight best players fight it out for the Champions League of Darts trophy, along with the £100,000 winners’ cheque.
Excitement is already building ahead of the inaugural event, which will be played in Wales over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the big weekend. Let’s play darts!
PDC Champions League Of Darts
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Broadcast Live On BBC
The competition is split into two groups, with a round robin stage taking place over three sessions. Group A consists of Michael van Gerwin, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, and Robert Thornton while Group B includes Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, and Michael Smith. Unlike the Premier League group phase, there will be no draws.
This event will be played over a legs format, rather than sets, with group games being a best of 19. On Sunday evening, the top four players will fight it out in a knockout tournament, with the semis and final being played over 21 legs.
The winner will be crowned on Sunday night.
In the group phase, everyone will be waiting to see MVG take on Taylor, which is likely to be played on Saturday evening as the winners from the afternoon session meet in the second round of group games. However, the three-way battle between Wade, Anderson, and Lewis should be fascinating too – especially as the world champion has spent a few weeks away from the oche.
With the way the tournament is scheduled (winners of first games meeting in the second), all four games on the Sunday afternoon session should mean something. When we get to the evening of the last four and final, it should be non-stop drama.
As far as a short weekend tournament goes, it has the potential to be a cracker.
Champions League Of Darts Betting Tips
Given that he’s on a 41-match winning streak, it’s difficult to look past MVG for the title. Mighty Mike is best priced 8/11 with most bookies. Those odds are relatively short but, with matches taking place over 19 and 21 legs, the format should suit the Dutchman.
Taylor will be a danger while either Anderson or Lewis could potentially win it if they bring their best. If we were forced to pick a winner, though, it would be MVG.
As far as individual matches are concerned, it’s impossible to look past the first session as fixtures will be decided by the results.
However, we’ve picked a four-fold for the afternoon session that pays out at 4/1. Good luck.