By William Hill
Last Updated: 21st November 2019
The big darts action keeps on coming thick and fast, and fresh off the heels of last week’s Grand Slam of Darts, we next head to Minehead for the Players Championship.
Daryl Gurney denied Michael van Gerwen a fourth consecutive victory in last year’s final, but ‘Mighty Mike’ will be keen to reign supreme once more, especially after losing out to eventual Grand Slam winner Gerwyn Price last week.
We preview this weekend’s Players Championship, which gets under way on Friday.
Van Gerwen the one to beat
Despite his semi-final exit to Price last week at the Grand Slam of Darts, Van Gerwen is still the best darts player on the planet.
His record in Minehead speaks volumes, having reached the final five times in his 10 appearances at the tournament, and winning the title on four occasions.
He even averaged over 100 in last year’s final, but still came up short to a resilient Gurney 11-9. The Dutchman will be keen to make amends for that defeat and is a boosted 7/4 to take the title.
Price to go back-to-back?
Price is in the form of his life at the moment, and fresh from last week’s win in the Grand Slam of Darts, he will head to Minehead full of confidence.
His performance there has seen him rise up to third in the PDC Order of Merit – his highest position in his career – and having beaten Van Gerwen for the very first time last week, there is no reason why at 6/1 he cannot upset the odds once again.
Chisnall’s time to shine?
Dave Chisnall is the epitome of the nearly man in darts.
Despite the abundance of talent, the St Helens-born player remains without a major title to his name, though he has reached five finals.
He again went close at the World Grand Prix in Dublin before finding Van Gerwen too hot to handle in the final, despite recording more 180s than the Dutchman in the 5-2 loss.
He’s got form on the stage at Minehead, having reached the final there in 2016, only for ‘Mighty Mike’ to again rule the roost in an 11-3 triumph.
Chisnall reached the quarter-finals last time out in the Grand Slam before being seen off by eventual finalist Peter Wright.
And despite his lack of title success, he will eventually break his duck at some point in the majors and he’s 22/1 to do so this weekend in Minehead.