PHIL TAYLOR TO TAKE ON RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD IN DIGITAL DARTS LEGENDS MATCH ORGANISED BY PADDY POWER AND TARGET DARTS:
Darting greats Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld will be renewing their rivalry – after Paddy Power set up a Darts From Home match between the pair, in conjunction with Target Darts.
Using the interactive Target Nexus dart board, the pair will be able to play remotely – with the board allowing the players to see, speak to, and play each other from their own homes, meaning the match can happen in complete isolation during lockdown.
Paddy Power will make a £1,000 donation to the NHS charity Heroes for every 180 hit in the match.
And big finishes are practically guaranteed – with the entire bullseye (including outer and as well as inner bull) worth 50 in soft-tip darts, this match could have one of the highest averages in darting history.
The clash will be filmed on mounted iPhones sent to both players and will be available to view on Target Darts Twitter and Facebook.
NOTES Heroes is a charity initiative, which supports the welfare of frontline NHS
Fair play to the players and sponsors here, there could be a tidy sum available, for very good causes, after this and Taylor v Barney always has a great watchability factor! Good luck to both and congratulations to Target and Paddy power for their swift organisation. (DW Ed. Team)
Reigning champion Gary Anderson and Rob Cross were eliminated from the 2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts in Saturday’s opening day in Leicester as Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen secured semi-final spots.
A dramatic start to the £250,000 tournament saw Anderson produce some outstanding darts, only to lose to both Michael Smith and James Wade.
Smith came from 3-0 and 5-1 down to defeat the Scot 10-7 in the afternoon session at the Morningside Arena, before Wade came from 9-7 down to snatch victory in a dramatic deciding leg.
Those results, coupled with two victories for world number one Van Gerwen, mean that Anderson now cannot qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday evening, with Smith and Wade facing a shoot-out to join the Dutchman in the last four.
Van Gerwen was in irresistible form as he followed up last week’s World Grand Prix triumph with two confident victories, averaging over 100 as he saw off both Wade and Smith.
The World Champion came from 4-2 down to defeat Wade 10-8, claiming the final two legs to break the deadlock, before fending off Smith’s fightback from 5-0 down to eventually close out a 10-6 triumph in a strong day.
“I’m very pleased,” said Van Gerwen. “It’s always nice to win your first two games and you can see my confidence.
“I’m playing good darts and I want to do well here because I’ve never won this tournament before and that’s my goal this weekend.
“I’m through to the semi-finals but I still want to win my last game on Sunday afternoon against Gary. It’s always great playing him and I want to keep this form going into the semi-finals.”
Wade showed his class to deny Anderson a match dart in their Group A clash after falling 9-7 down, following a 14-darter with a brilliant 121 checkout to force a deciding leg which he won on tops with his rival waiting on 40.
“I’m happy because I’ve still got a chance,” said Wade. “In my opinion, Gary’s the best player in the world when he’s on form but I did enough at the right times and did the job.
“I was quite disappointed to lose to Michael but Gary gave me the opportunities and I made the most of it.”
In Group B, Peter Wright secured his qualification for the semi-finals with wins over Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price.
2018 finalist Wright overcame a slow start to the afternoon by coming from 3-0 down to defeat Gurney 10-7, pulling away from seven-all to close out the win.
He then saw off Price 10-8 in arguably the match of the day, averaging 103 and hitting finishes of 161 and 125 as he defied checkouts of 130 and 109 to book a last four place.
“It’s really good that I’m through but I still want to finish top of my group and go on to win the title now,” said Wright. “It’s a brilliant tournament and I’d love to win it.
“I’ll be treating the game against Rob like it’s a straight knockout to get myself in the right frame of mind for the semi-finals. I’m not happy with how I’m playing and I know there’s more to come.”
Gurney and Price will now face off on Sunday afternoon for the right to join Wright in the semi-finals.
Price had defeated Cross 10-5 in the afternoon session, while Gurney’s 10-6 defeat of the world number two means that the 2018 World Champion now cannot reach the semi-finals.
Gurney followed up his evening session win over Cross by shaving his head for the Cystic Fibrosis Care charity, having raised over £15,000 through donations which included £5,000 apiece from Paddy Power and his sponsors Winmau, as well as contributions from rival players and PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
Sunday afternoon’s final group stage games will be followed in the evening session by the semi-finals and final at the Morningside Arena, with a £100,000 first prize on offer.
The eventual winner will also be presented with a specially-commissioned commemorative belt, which has been produced by sponsors Paddy Power.
Pre-tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen is now 4/6 with Paddy Power to claim his first Champions League of Darts title, ahead of Wright (9/2), Wade and Smith (10/1), Price (12/1) and Gurney (14/1).
Sunday’s final stages will be broadcast live on BBC Sport in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.
Champions League weekend is coming up on the 19-20th October which means there’ll be an opportunity to make some serious money. Here, Peter Watton, from matched betting experts OddsMonkey, offers his tips for making the most out of the big event.
One of the hottest new highlights in the darting calendar, the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts is about to take place. The sport’s top talent will go head to head in a televised tournament for a £100,000 prize, while darts fans up and down the country watch with bated breath – betting slips in hand.
Below, I’ll be taking you through this year’s event, including the schedule of play and predictions for who will come out on top.
The Champions League – An Outline.
The Champions League was set up in 2016 by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), with the intention of bringing the best of the best together for one major tournament. The contestants are the top eight players in the PDC Order of Merit, which is a list based on total prize money won over a two-year period by players in ranking tournaments.
While the previous three Champions Leagues have taken place in Cardiff and Brighton, both in September, this year’s event is scheduled for 19-20th October at the Morningside Arena, Leicester. But, if you can’t make the big event, you’ll be pleased to heart that the entire tournament will be broadcast live by BBC Sport.
2019 Betting Tips and Predictions.
The players are split into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A includes world number one and favourite to win Michael van Gerwen, whose odds are 11/8. He is joined by recent World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith, former protégé of last year’s Champions League winner Gary Anderson, who is also in Group A. Plus, nine-time major champion James Wade has also been thrown into the mix, resulting in one of the most nail-biting line-ups you could hope for.
Equally brutal is Group B, headlined by recent World Matchplay champion Rob Cross alongside reigning Players champion Daryl Gurney, recent World Cup winner Peter Wright, and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price. It’s going to be a close one to call, but Rob Cross is the bookies’ favourite to win Group B with odds of 13/8.
Of all contestants, Group A’s Michael van Gerwen is currently worth the most (£1,602,250) and is therefore considered the most likely to win this year’s Champion’s League outright. A £10 bet on him would land you £23.80 in return if he was successful, according to Paddy Power. However, with each of the eight dartsmen having significant wins under their belts, their collective form and skill level means that he’ll have some stiff competition to overcome.
Like any other darts tournament, you can bet on almost every aspect of the Champions League — from who will make it to the final to what colour the last dart will land on. The list of competitors for this year’s league has already been announced, so most betting markets should be open already.
The league is only in its fourth year, so there isn’t a long and detailed history to help you work out who’s most likely to win. Instead, pay attention to the odds, tipsters, and player performance in other competitions if you want to try to pick a winner. Or, for an easier and less risky method of making money off the Champions League, you might want to consider matched betting.
Schedule of Play: Saturday 19th October
As normal, the winners of each showdown will take each other on during the same evening, with the losers doing the same.
Afternoon Session (12:30pm start, BBC Sport)
· Group B: Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
· Group B: Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price
· Group A: Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
· Group A: Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Evening Session (6:30pm start, BBC Sport)
· Loser v Loser (Group B)
· Loser v Loser (Group A)
· Winner v Winner (Group B)
· Winner v Winner (Group A)
Schedule of Play: Sunday 20th October
The remaining pairings will take place with the line-up depending on the outcome of Saturday’s matches, followed by the semi-finals and the final in the evening session.
Afternoon Session (12:30pm start, BBC Sport)
· 4 remaining group matches
Evening Session (6:30pm start, BBC Sport)
The tips in this guide should help you feel more informed about the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts — including how to approach placing your bets.
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