THERE'S darts action this afternoon in the Unibet European Championships from Belgium and @lockuptipster has previewed the quarter final ties between John Henderson and Peter Wright, and Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall.

@lockuptipster is aiming to maintain his amazing tipping from the Grand Prix last month so get on his bets and tune in to ITV4 when the action kicks-off at 12.45pm.

Henderson Vs Wright

Head to head: Played four times and tie 2-2

Henderson has saved his best darts for the European stage knocking out in form Robert Thornton in round one with a near 97 average and four maximums.

Henderson then faced off against Rowby-John Rodriguez, and made the game a lot easier as the big stage affected the pint-sized Austrian. Goliath beat David in the battle of Big John and little John 10-2. Henderson finished 126 for the opening leg and landed two 180s in the next three as he took a 4-0 lead before double 18 saw Rodriguez win his first leg of the contest.

John was looking good and will be up against it versus Wright who was made to work hard versus Kim Huybrechts in a 10-8 victory, where there were fifteen maximums in the match, with Wright landing a 102.93 average, six maximums and a 120 finish.

Wright is the heavy favourite as you would expect on ranking and is no bigger than 7/20 with 888sport with the Highlander out at 3/1 with some major firms. With the best of 19 format, only Coral have the total legs line set at 15.5 with others in at 16.5 with 8/11 on over and 11/10 under.

Darting firm BetVictor price 16.5 as 8/11 under and 11/10 over with Hills offering 5/6 on the checkout line set at 128.50, which is a BIG line especially at 5/6. The value could well be on the individual checkout line, as both players have demonstrated this weekend. On the maximum line Wright is 11/10 with 32 red to outscore Henderson and I like this, as the highlander has a rocking rhythm.

On the 180 count on my database, Henderson does average a shade more maximums than Wright, although the legs sample on Henderson is considerably less, so not a true sample. On the competition itself Wright has 10 maximums to Henderson’s 7 and with both styles of play, the way to play this could be on the draw no bet market for Wright.

The other play in this and stronger in my opinion is Henderson on a match checkout market. Henderson leaves his best darts for the European Tour and being the finals has now entered the top world 32. Henderson to pocket a 101 or better checkout is reasonable at 5/6 with Betfred and Totesport.

Michael van Gerwen Vs Dave Chisnall

Head to head: Michael leads the head to head 19-8 with one draw at the Premier League.

Dave Chisnall played a fast paced game to beat good friend Stephen Bunting 10-6. Dave Chisnall landing ten maximums and averaging almost 104 in a high-quality contest, which saw Bunting reply with seven 180s of his own.

The tone for the match was set in the opening leg as both players landed maximums, with Chisnall leading only to then fall 3-1 down as Bunting posted an 11-darter in taking control.

Chisnall then replied with a 12-darter and a 117 check out in a run of four straight legs as he moved 5-3 up and into a lead he would never relinquish. Bunting replied with a 14-darter and a 142 checkout as he won three of the next five legs. Bunting left too much work to do and the big turning point was Chisnall going 8-6, which featured two 180s and in a sense was game over.

Michael van Gerwen brushed aside Cristo Reyes in round two with a 10-3 win pocketing five maximums and a 106.81 average. Gerwen was rarely troubled in his win, which saw Cristo put up a credible fight on his eighth appearance on TV with a mid-91 average. With MVG posting a 100.37 average in round one, apart from an early scare from De-Zwann in his opener has not been tested extensively but will have it all to do against Chisnall.

Chisnall has won the last two meetings on the pro tour, but lost at European Tour event the European Matchplay, the European darts Trophy a week before that and the Dutch masters. In fact in front of any TV screen Chisnall last beat Gerwen at the World Grand Prix, which Chisnall went on to be runner up in.

The pair met at this stage of the competition a year ago where Chisnall lost this 10-5 to eventual winner van Gerwen.

MVG is best 1/3 with Coral to beat Chisnall 7/2 with William Hill, so some minor difference of opinion here with Coral attempting to attract money for MVG whereas Hills are looking to attract money for Chisnall.

The most 180’s market is about right with Chisnall 10/11, MVG 11/8 and the tie at 11/2. Now the 11/2 does look BIG with Coral although Chisnall has netted twice the maximums MVG has 16-8 favouring Dave!. Dave is averaging 0.3538 maximums per leg with 0.3489, so the count is very close, hence the pricing from the independent database of TV maximums.


J Henderson – over 100.50 checkout 5/6 Betfred

D Chisnall – over 5.5 180s Vs MVG 4/5 Skybet

  1. Bullseye 7 years ago

    @lockuptipster, nice previews. The final quarter of the year is always so exiting for darts. The events come in quick and fast sucession. I used to really enjoy that Championship League tournament held over several weeks around this time but unfortunately the PDC stoped it in 2013.

    European Darts Quater Finals

    These are my bets for this afternoon’s action:


    Van Gerwin vs Chisnall, Chisnall over 5.5 180′s 4/5 Co-ral

    Klaasen vs Anderson, over 10.5 match 180′s 4/5 B365 **NB**


    Wright vs Henderson, Wright highest checkout
    Klaasen vs Anderson, over 10.5 match 180′s

    7/4 B365

    Van Gerwin vs Chisnall, Chisnall over 5.5 180′s
    Taylor vs Lewis, Taylor win,

    6/4 Co-ral **NAP**

    Good luck

  2. Bertie 7 years ago

    Phil taylor is finished cannot hit the doubles and gets broken way way to often

  3. Bertie 7 years ago

    Phil taylor gets tuned over yet again could not hit his doubles and cost him the match no tv tournaments wins in 18 months now

  4. Bullseye 7 years ago

    European Darts Quater Finals

    These are my bets for this afternoon’s action:


    Van Gerwin vs Chisnall, Chisnall over 5.5 180′s 4/5 Co-ral WON

    Klaasen vs Anderson, over 10.5 match 180′s 4/5 B365 **NB** LOST


    Wright vs Henderson, Wright highest checkout
    Klaasen vs Anderson, over 10.5 match 180′s

    7/4 B365 LOST

    Van Gerwin vs Chisnall, Chisnall over 5.5 180′s
    Taylor vs Lewis, Taylor win,

    6/4 Co-ral **NAP** LOST

    Taylor lost the crucial leg to make it 5-5 and after that there was always the pressure on him not to lose his throw again. MVG’s 132 out was breathtaking.

    • Robin 7 years ago

      Any tips for this evenings action?

  5. Juan 7 years ago

    Taylors previous strength is now his weakness….missing doubles at crucial times is whats costing him time and time again, i think his scoring is as good if not better ever just the pressure of finishing the leg is his downfall nowadays

  6. Juan 7 years ago

    I like Anderson most 180s & Wright over 4.5 180s in the semis

  7. Stuart Wallace 7 years ago

    Anderson -2 @11/10 for me. Coral.

  8. Bertie 7 years ago

    Looking forward to tonight’s action I think the way van gerwin is playing he is going to be very hard to stop the 132 takeout was amazing to watch double for me Gary Anderson and van gerwin both to hit most 180s in there matches good luck with your bets !

    • Bullseye 7 years ago

      Yeah agreed Bertie. Alot of players would’ve gone outer bull, treble 19, bull but MVG did it the exhibition way. He made that bull bed look spacious and did’nt break stride on the double 16 either. It really is starting to look like he could be the best darts player ever.

  9. Bullseye 7 years ago

    European Darts Semi finals


    Van Gerwin vs Wright, Van Gerwin most 180’s
    Anderson vs Lewis, Anderson Win

    6/4 B365 **NAP**

    Van Gerwin should win the 180 contest quite comfortably as once he establishes his rhythm and range he can just keep putting them in with consummate ease.

    Lewis did’nt do anything spectacular in defeating Taylor nor did Anderson but Lewis does have a tendancy to switch off at certain points in matches. Random 5’s, 1’s and missed trebles can come at any moment with him. This should give an already dangerous Anderson the edge in the best of 21 legs.

  10. cottweiler 7 years ago

    Van Gerwen to score most 180’s and win match

    5/6 skybet

  11. Bertie 7 years ago

    Van gerwin 8-2 up smashing perter wright but 2-2 in the 180s market c’mon the van !

  12. hasheyb 7 years ago

    Well done juan. Followed your double. £100 on cashed out with anderson 6-2 up o. 180’s for £323.

  13. Robin 7 years ago

    Over 13.5 180’s in the final 10/11

  14. Juan 7 years ago

    Cheers Hashey…..Anderson to win the final and hit most 180s looks a massive at 9/2 worth a few quid

  15. Bullseye 7 years ago


    Van Gerwin vs Wright, Van Gerwin most 180′s
    Anderson vs Lewis, Anderson Win

    6/4 B365 **NAP** LOST

    Although MVG got 7 180’s it was’nt enough. This is the problem when the semi and final are played so close together, there’s the uncertainty over how well a player will perform. I suspect MVG has mentally saved his best for the final.

    I’m going in-play looking for the opportune moment on this I think.

  16. Bertie 7 years ago

    10-7 down and van gerwin shows his class to make a great comeback and win ! Great final and really enjoyed the tv coverage 3 excellent days

  17. thechief 7 years ago

    Bertie, was a great 3 days although I don’t rate ITV coverage to be honest, plenty of times the camera was focused on the wrong bed, not sure who is doing the spotting. My ante-post tip of MVG won so of course I’m happy, slightly disappointed with Anderson’s comments afterwards but in the heat of the moment and all that.

  18. Bertie 7 years ago

    We’ll done the chief on your ante post bet coming up itv ain’t as slick as sky but still very enjoyable to watch roll on the grand slam of darts !

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