How the Bookies See It
- Peter Wright is currently 3rd in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) rankings, and won his first PDC major in March of this year, when beating Gerwyn Price to win the 2017 UK Open. The Scottish-born player was runner-up in the 2017 World Matchplay tournament in July, losing to Phil Taylor, and he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen in the final of the 2017 Premier League Darts in May.
- Dave Chisnall is 6th in the PDC rankings, and has yet to win a major, but he did reach the quarter-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship at the very end of 2016, and he made it to the semi-finals of the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts in June. Chisnall also reached the final of both The Masters and the Players Championship Finals in 2016.
- Mensur Suljovic of Austria won his first major just last week when beating Gary Anderson in the final of the 2017 Champions League of Darts. That win has helped Suljovic to a current PDC ranking of 7th, but he has also been knocking on door in other events this year, reaching the quarter-finals of both The Masters and the PDC World Cup of Darts.
- Daryl Gurney is 19th in the PDC rankings, and has yet to win a major. His best performance in majors this year were when reaching the semi-finals stage in both the UK Open and the World Matchplay tournaments, and the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.
Although there are plenty of other players in the running, it would be a big surprise if the four names highlighted above fail to dominate this year’s International Darts Open, which is why the bookmakers are offering them at the shortest odds. Of the four players named, only Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic have already won a major. Wright has the best ranking and more experience than Suljovic, but the Austrian will come to this event on the back of his first major win on Sunday 17 September, and that will have given him a massive shot of confidence to follow up with a win here.
Suljovic was being offered at odds of 40/1 before his Champions League of Darts win, and that price has now been slashed quite massively, but he is still available at double figures and may well be worth an each-way punt. That said, we will side with proven favourite Peter Wright to achieve his second major win of the year this weekend.
*Please note, odds may change as the tournament approaches.