By News Team
25th November 2020
The Players Championship Finals gets under way on Friday, with the tournament’s seeding system based on the Players Championship Order of Merit.
World champion Peter Wright is the top seed, followed by Gerwyn Price, with world number one Michael van Gerwen the third seed.
As we look forward to next month’s William Hill World Darts Championship, this could be a huge weekend for those players looking to build some momentum ahead of the big one.
MVG regaining form
Michael van Gerwen has had many questions asked of him this year but seems to be back on the right track after previously struggling with his form. He made it to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts before being eliminated in spectacular style by Simon Whitlock. Whitlock has bested MVG three times this year and seems to have the Dutchman’s number. However, it was an incredible game of darts with Van Gerwen throwing very well.
That performance could prove to be a steppingstone for the MVG and he’ll likely better those efforts this weekend at the Players Championship Finals. The market seems to agree as he is currently the 7/2 favourite. Van Gerwen, who has an opening-round draw against Darius Labanauskas, has won this event a record five times before and is the current defending champion. He’ll be hungry for more success.
Price on top of the world
What a year it has been for Gerwyn Price. He’s comfortably playing the best darts in the world currently and despite coming up short against Nathan Aspinall in the Grand Slam of Darts, he looks in great shape to take this tournament by storm. Price is still fresh off the high of winning the World Cup of Darts earlier this month and if he continues playing as he has been, then he could be a real threat.
The Iceman faces John Henderson in his opening fixture and, if all goes to plan, he should progress with relative ease. The Welshman is 4/1 to take the tournament title and if he does, he’ll be in flying form going into the World Darts Championship. He’s also shortened in price for that, moving to 9/2 to be crowned world champion for the first time.
Wright to bite back
Peter Wright is 5/1 going into this weekend’s competition and the reigning world champion faces Ryan Meikle in the opening round.
Wright crashed out of the Grand Slam of Darts group stages for the first time since 2013 last week and will be looking to get back on his feet before a massive December. He should have a straightforward opening round but was nowhere near his best last time out. ‘Snakebite’ should have put that in the past and will be firing on all cylinders this weekend.
Potential shock in store?
It’s worth noting a few other players that could easily cause a shock in the Players Championship Finals… Dimitri Van den Bergh has had a year to remember, winning his first major and playing some incredible darts. He’s been suffering from a knee injury but that didn’t stop him reaching the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts.
He arguably gifted a spot in the final to James Wade after missing match darts and would have been a strong favourite to win the tournament if he had progressed. He threw some incredible arrows throughout the tournament and is an attractive 16/1 this weekend.
Elsewhere, former world champion Rob Cross has played decent darts across the past few months and has seemed incredibly down to earth about his playing style in recent interviews. 40/1 is a huge price for someone of his quality this weekend and after a positive showing last week, he could easily overcome the odds to claim victory.