Betting preview: Perth Darts Masters

It’s the last leg of the World Darts Masters Series and the best players in the world visit Perth, Western Australia.
The Australasian Tour so far has been a mixed bag of results with Kyle Anderson caused the upset in Auckland before Phil Taylor righted the ship in Melbourne.

For the top-ranked Gary Anderson, however, it’s been a fruitless campaign with two early exits in both tournaments. Despite his form, Anderson has been installed as the 5/2 favourite for the Perth Masters. Phil Taylor is on the second line of betting at 3/1 following his come-from-behind victory against Peter Wright in the final last week. Wright is also a 3/1 chance this week, but will need to mentally rebound after poor loss in the final.
The World Tour allows fans from all around the world to get a glimpse at the best players in the world, but it has also been a happy hunting ground for value bettors. Can there be another upset in Perth this week as the series comes to a close?

Perth Masters tournament winner tip

There’s only one player who has performed steadily throughout the entire World Tour and that’s Phil Taylor. The 16-time champion of the world got back to his best form in Melbourne and he had to fight doggedly to beat Peter Wright in the final. Wright missed numerous darts to put some early space on Taylor in the final, but didn’t take his opportunities. Taylor took the chance and quickly wrapped up the legs in easy fashion.

When Taylor gets on a roll he’s hard to stop and this is the time of the year where he starts warming up. He might be getting older, but bettors are getting great value at 9/1 with bet365 which wouldn’t have been available a couple of years go. Taylor would have been odds-on to beat this field and considering Gary Anderson’s form throughout this series, Taylor should realistically be 9/10 to win this tournament.

Perth Masters Taylor to win outright Ladbrokes odds
Fig.: Ladbrokes odds Perth Masters Taylor to win outright

Perth Masters value tip

Daryl Gurney isn’t far away from notching another tournament win and we love his upbeat attitude. Gurney might be struggling to beat the best players in the world when it comes down the crunch, but he puts himself in the thick of the action and always performs with distinction.
It’s hard not to like Gurney and the 12/1 odds makes him a worthwhile investment. He was able to knock out Gary Anderson in Melbourne before playing well, but ultimately running into a rampaging Peter Wright in the third quarterfinals. Gurney just needs to lift a touch against the players that score heavily and he will become a force on the world darts stage. As his ranking improves, expect to see Gurney become more consistent.

Perth Masters upset tip

Once upon a time it wouldn’t have been an upset, but James Wade is out of form and needs a significant turnaround in form. The former top four player has had a run of outs during the World Series and he’s going to need to find form quickly otherwise we might witness the demise of James Wade.

Wade has already gone through serious mental problems on and off the stage, but his comeback looked good over the last few seasons. That confidence must be at an all-time low this year however. We don’t believe that James Wade is out of commission and he could offer some good value in the early stages of the tournament. He will likely play either Gary Anderson or Phil Taylor in the second round and he’s a fighting chance to beat Anderson given his form.