Sports fans starved of competitive action got some welcome news when the PDC revealed its new ‘Home Tour’ concept which will see 32 of the best players in the game take part in competitive games from home, starting Friday 17th April.
The event will see 32 days of darts, kicking off at 7.30 each night before the group stage ends and moves onto a knockout format. The games will be a ‘best of nine legs’ format and should provide some much-needed sport, beamed live from players’ homes and broadcast on the PDC website.
The idea deserves praise and offers a creative solution to a very difficult situation. It’s bound to be a tad more relaxed than what we may be used to but make no mistake, these are fantastic competitors who will be determined to put on a show for the fans.
Recent charity events and exhibitions have given us a flavour of what we can expect, from players calling their own scores to seeing nine darters nearly landing in the living rooms and garden sheds of top players.
Players to watch
This event offers the chance to watch plenty of household names. Both Price and Wright will be popular picks with darts fans to reach the latter stages of this event. Wright is a short price to top his group with us at 2/5 and will be the first player in action on Friday, whilst Price is also favourite to advance in top spot from his at 8/15.
At the time of writing, we only have the first four groups but more fixtures and big names will be announced over the next few days, and BetVictor will offer a range of markets on each game. Keep your eyes peeled for some great value bet boosts every single night.
Wright -2.5 to win
Peter Wright v Peter Jacques
I for one will be tuning in for the opening games across the weekend and have clocked two early prices I like the look of.
Peter Wright has had Dimitri van den Bergh lodging with him at his family home. The advantage of having a top player to practice with must be significant and I expect Wright to get off to a flyer on Friday night, and he should end up topping his group.
Woodhouse to win
Luke Woodhouse v Ted Evetts
A clash that the market expects to be fairly close, with Woodhouse the 4/6 fav to get past Evetts. I was pretty impressed with Woodhouse on his first appearance at the World Championship over Christmas where he put out Michael Smith.
Whilst I respect Ted Evetts, Woodhouse will be my pick to win this game.
Those two selections make a 7/4 double which I will be backing, just for small stakes. As ever, I would encourage anyone getting involved to gamble responsibly.