Our expert Darts tipster Sean Rafferty correctly predicted that Luke Littler would continue his unprecedented march through the sport of darts at the recent Bahrain Darts Masters. Can he now go back-to-back in the Netherlands?
History, Location and Format
The 2024 Dutch Darts Masters is the 2nd running of this event and is a relatively new tournament that forms part of the World Series of Darts tour.
Eight of the top players from the PDC Order of Merit, take on seven of the best from the Netherlands and also Dimitri Van den Bergh from Belgium.
The tournament is held at the Maaspoort Arena in 's-Hertogenbosch and runs from the 26th-27th January 2024.
Van den Bergh is the defending champion, after defeating Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-2 in the 2022 final.
There is a total prize fund of £60,000 on offer to the 16 participants.
|1 Luke Humphries
|2 Michael van Gerwen
|Dirk van Duijvenbode
|3 Michael Smith
|Dimitri Van den Bergh
|4 Nathan Aspinall
|Raymond van Barneveld
|5 Gerwyn Price
|6 Rob Cross
|Gian van Veen
|7 Peter Wright
|Vincent van der Voort
|8 Luke Littler
2 pts Luke Littler to win @ 7/2
The now 17-year-old came good for us last week at 4/1, lifting the Bahrain Darts Masters title for his first full PDC trophy. At only slightly shorter odds of 7/2 I see no reason to jump off him here.
The Nuke has Dirk Van Duijvenbode in the 1st round, who’s been plagued with injury for several months now. I expect him to win that, then he likely faces Humphries in the Quarter-Final, in a re-run of the recent World Championship final. That’s the crucial game and if he wins that, then I make him strong favourite to lift another title.
I didn’t even feel he played his best stuff last week - averaging higher 90s for the tournament but he can play better than that and hopefully with a little more prep this week, he can raise it another level.
1 pt Nathan Aspinall each way (1/2, 2 Places) @ 20/1
Looking at the bottom half of the draw, I’m going to take on the favourites in this section.
2023 World Series Finals runner-up Aspinall played sneakily well last week, without anyone really noticing it. A comeback 6-5 win over Ilagan, with a 97 average opening round was followed by a 6-3 defeat to Littler who was, of course, superb. However, The Asp still averaged above 100 himself in that match.
The 32-year-old is in a competitive mini section of the draw ,where I feel all are of a similar level - Michael Smith, Danny Noppert and Gian van Veen - none of these guys have played their best stuff in recent months, so he has a good opportunity to get deep in the tournament. At longer odds of 20/1, I feel he’s worth a go here as he is a proven winner.
Kevin Doets to beat Peter Wright @ 7/4
Doets put in two really decent performances at the World Championship, beating Buntz 3-0 then losing narrowly 3-2 to Michael Smith in a great match, averaging higher 90s over the two matches.
The 25-year-old will look to build on these positive displays, as well as making his first ever PDC final last September on the Pro Tour. He plays Wright who continues to look all at sea with his performances and general setup with his darts equipment.
'Snakebite' scraped past Muramatsu 6-5, before being well beaten 6-1 by Michael Smith last week. His darts seemed to be entering the board at strange angles too which is worrying, could be an issue with his grip/throwing action.
The 53-year-old Scot has won just two of his eight matches since November and has failed to average 95+ in any of these, so his form has deserted him. This looks a no-brainer to back Doets at 7/4, in what is a great chance for him here to register a big victory, in front of a home crowd in the Netherlands.
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