The first major event in the darts calendar of 2021 is with us but with a slightly different shape to it this year due to the pandemic. The usual 16 player format has been ditched and has been expanded to 24 players with the PDC’s top 9-24 players all facing off on Friday before the 8 “big boys” enter on Saturday.
Darts has a number one seed for the first time since 2014 and no one deserves it more than Gerwyn Price who finished off a fantastic year with a brilliant victory over a rejuvenated Gary Anderson in the World finals at Ally Pally earlier in the month and the Ice Man is 7/2 with Betfair to start the year off with a bang.
The thing with darts at the moment is anyone can beat anyone, the level of the competitors is just ridiculous and even though MVG and Price could quite easily win the tournament i just don’t see any value in their prices.
So I’m going to try and hunt some value down and the first place to start is the 2020 match play champion ‘Dancing Dimitri’ who was arguably one of the most improved darts players in 2020 winning his first major and pushing himself into the top 10 for the first time in his career whilst cementing himself into the Premier League for 2021 he will surely be out to impress. One of the main reasons for his PDC standout year has to be from the lack of crowd at the events, he is regularly seen composing himself before throwing important darts and it certainly helps him doing this whilst not having a pint thrown all around him.
The first place I normally start with is the draw but any angle you look at this year is tough but Dimitri should get past ‘Hollywood’ Chris Dobey who is a great player but hasn’t been hitting the high marks once predicted for him and I just think Dimitri could be too good for him on Friday evening. Up next would be James Wade who also had a stand out year but didn’t deliver in the Worlds in December and I just wonder what his motivation will be like after having a serious chance of winning the big one last month.
I wont go much further than that but i feel MVG is beatable ( im sure i will be made to regret saying that) and i just think even with knee issues Dimitri could be worth a go at a big price.
The first quarter of the draw just looks so difficult to call with Price, Anderson, Michael Smith and even Joe Cullen all having a chance of winning it, so I’m going to focus on the second quarter and even though he didn’t have the best second half of 2020 I believe that Nathan Aspinall would fancy himself against any of the other 5 players in that quarter of the draw and even though i would say the 2/1 on him to win the quarter looks slightly on the short side I just think the 16/1 on him to win the tournament could be a play at a good price.
Finally Jose De Sousa at 33/1 is just ridiculous, he was superb in 2021 and won his first major when he won the Grand Slam Of Darts beating James Wade in the final, he will be looking to put his poor showing from the Worlds behinds him and even though he has a tough draw I don’t believe anyone would want to play against ‘the special one’ who on his day is one of the best players in the world right now.
Dimitri Van Den Bergh to win The Masters – 0.5 points EW 16/1 Bet 365
Nathan Aspinall to win The Masters- 0.5 points EW 16/1 Bet 365
Jose De Sousa to win The Master 0.25 points EW 33/1 Bet 365
Dimitri vs Nathan Aspinall Final 66/1 Bet 365
Jose De Sousa vs Aspinall Final 125/1 Bet 365