THE new PDC world darts champ will be crowned tonight with reigning title holder Gary Anderson going up  against record breaker Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutchman posted a 114.05 average – the highest in World Championship history – as he blitzed Raymond van Barneveld to set up a meeting with the Flying Scotsman, who eased past Peter Wright in the semis.

MVG is unsuprisingly odds-on favourite at 10-29 with Marathonbet to clinch his third world title while Anderson is 3-1 at Stan James.

The tennis season is back and Roger Federer returns from a six-month injury lay-off today as the build-up begins to the Australian Open.

The 17-times Major champ is in Hopman Cup action against Britain's Dan Evans this morning and bookies rate him a long shot for glory in the season's first Grand Slam in Melbourne, with the likes of Ladbrokes and Betfair going 20-1 for Fed to land the Aussie Open crown.

Novak Djokovic also gets his season under way today at the Doha Open and is just 1-5 at Betway to beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets.

Other highlights include cricket and basketball so as usual let's hear all your sporting tips and chat.

55 Comments
  1. the lucky filipino 5 years ago

    NBA single

    Andre Drummond (pistons) over 14.5 Evens PP **WON**✔️

    Thank u Andre – another double double from the big man…?
    ——
    NBA player prop record
    54 wins
    40 loss

    • HullShaker 5 years ago

      Great stuff Lucky – took yours and Raoul’s write-ups on board – though for main stake went -9 Pistons which ended a push.

      Absolutely brilliant entertainment these NBA games I must say ?

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Haha thanks hull..the NBA has seriously messed my sleeping pattern.?..but yeah great entertainment ..

  2. Jordan 5 years ago

    Just in to see the NFL results. Not only was it disheartening to see Seattle taking knees after a third down conversion which saw them run the clock out, but also to see the 49ers score a safety by a botche dpunt which at 2 points, could have been the difference to the -3.5. It was a heavy loss on the final week but ante posts are still up for grabs which can be covered with the Lions to win. I’m not going to do so until possible late on as I’m looking at a nice sum back.

    Good luck if you’ve got anything riding on the game.

    Go Pack Go!

  3. bullseye 5 years ago

    PDC World Championship semi finals:

    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – both to checkout 120+ 10/11 PP **NAP** WON

    Wright vs Anderson – over 8.5 total sets 1/2 Bet365 **NB** WON

    Van Gerwen -4.0 180’s 11/10 Coral LOST

    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – highest checkout over 146.6 5/6 Coral WON

    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – Van Barneveld under 98.5 average 5/6 PP LOST

    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – Van Barneveld under 42.5 checkout percentage 5/6 PP LOST

    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – 170 finish 9/2 Bet365 LOST

    Wright vs Anderson – 9-dart finish 10/1 Bet365 LOST
    ———————————————————————————————
    Van Gerwen vs Van Barneveld – both to checkout 120+
    Wright vs Anderson – both to checkout 120+

    Double 13/5 PP LOST

    _______________________________

    2017 World Championship NAP record:

    14 wins
    5 loss

    Really did not see a performance of that level coming from Barney. I’ve not seen him play like that since winning the Premier League. To average 109 and have a 68% success rate on doubles whilst losing is very unfortunate. Those type of stats would’ve seen him romp home against most player’s but all it served to do was put MVG in 6th gear. Nevertheless he now holds the record for the highest averaging loser in World Championship history. Just missed out on the 170 finish bet as MVG missed the bull after hitting two treble 20’s and there were a couple of near 9-darters in Anderson’s match but ultimately no joy.

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Everytime I look that NAP record is rising and rising..?..great stuff bully ??

    • bullseye 5 years ago

      Likewise with yours! Keep giving them bookies a kicking mate :)

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      ? cheers dude…

  4. baggio 5 years ago

    Rigby Roundup

    Bristol +14.5
    Ospreys -2.5

    1.91 @ bet365

    ??WINNER??

    Harlequins -3
    1.83 @ bet365

    ??LOSER??

    Grenoble +22.5
    Scarlets ML

    1.90 @ bet365

    ??LOSER??

    Over 37.5 total points
    2.00 @ bet365

    ??LOSER??

    Toulon v Racing

    Over 41.5 total points
    1.83 @ bet365

    ??LOSER??

    Updated Totals

    Won 35
    Lost 33

    A bad start to the year ??. In future I’m going to limit myself to 2/3 picks on a busy day. Quality over quantity. Next rugby is on Friday.

  5. riedel4 5 years ago

    Very impressive Bullseye!

    • bullseye 5 years ago

      Cheers Riedel4

  6. baggio 5 years ago

    Last Day Off Fun Bet

    Victor Troicki ML (tennis)
    Melbourne Victory ML (football)

    Evens @ bet365

    Both start in the next 30 mins. GL if you follow

  7. raoul duke 5 years ago

    Pistons -4 @ 1.80 (Bet 365) – *WON*

    As expected the Pistons get the win against a short handed Heat.

    Updated record

    Week – 3-4
    Season – 48-36

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Great analysis as always bro…??

    • raoul duke 5 years ago

      Cheers man, good call on Drummond ?

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Cheers man, good call on Drummond ?

    • raoul duke 5 years ago

      Not had much time yet man, but at a first glance with little research… Warriors -14.5.

      The Nuggets lost their last game at home to the worst team in the NBA.. and were crushed by Golden State by 24 points earlier in the season.

      Nuggets also have the King’s at home tomorrow, which is a much more winnable game.. if they’re getting destroyed by the Warriors they could well just ease up, take a big loss, save energy for the King’s.

      That’s my thoughts atm.

    • raoul duke 5 years ago

      I’ll also be interested to see the 1st Q and 1st Half lines…

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Ahh man tried replying 3 times but kept losing signal whenever i post comment – damn ikea…

      Like that quick analysis mate..looks spot on actually..warriors could cover as close as -20 depending on how the first half goes like u said..I’m finding it hard to choose prop bet for this match anyone one of the fearsome foursome could cover their lines today..currently have 2 of the 4 in my betslip draymond over 8.5 rebounds and klay Thompson over 22.5 pts..hmm ?….

  8. fraser51 5 years ago

    Pistons
    Raptors -2.5

    Double – EVENS – 2pts

    *WON*

    Drummond Over 13.5pts – 5/6 – 2pts

    *WON*

    ——————–

    Good start to the new year. Will have a look at tonight fixtures later on today.
    Well done all winners.

    • fraser51 5 years ago

      Baggio thank you for the heads up on Newport, jumped on inplay for over 36.5 at 2/7 doubled it up with MVG at 2/7.

      Newport v RGC O36.5
      MVG

      0.57/1 Double – 1.72pts

      *WON*

      Tonights NBA i was looking for a double as per usual around about evens but have kept it safe and went for the following

      Cavs-3.5
      Warriors-8.5

      0.78/1 Double – 2pts

      I fancy Clippers and Nicks to get back to winning ways at home tonight and will add them both -2.5 for an extra 4 fold

      Cavs-3.5
      Warriors-8.5
      Clippers -2.5
      Nicks -2.5

      3.72/1 – 1.35pts

      Was possibly looking at a prop for Cavs or Warriors tonight if anyone has any fancies?

  9. nflfan 5 years ago

    Firstly well done to all the winners Lee maxx and the rest .
    I half a point short on my over point double . Two from three on my treble the Dallas game late blocked punt didn’t help.on the the playoffs all hotting up good luck all

    • maxxxx 5 years ago

      Thanks nflfan, always nice to start the new year with profit. Very unlucky yourself. The playoffs are looming and should be some good matchup, my Boys have got the week off but don’t fear anyone in the NFC except the Giants who have beaten us twice already. My tips will be up on the day not midweek with random pts, although its black Monday today and I have applied for the HC job at Chargers, Denver and SF :-)

  10. baggio 5 years ago

    Fun Bet 2

    Ben Woollaston +1.5 (snooker)
    Safwat ML (tennis)

    2.35 @ bet365

    GL if you follow

  11. collie 5 years ago

    Had quite a busy festive period so haven’t been around to post.

    PDC World Darts Championship final bets:

    Over 10.5 sets – 4/5 PP
    Under 33.5 180’s – 10/11 Stan James

    The final everyone wanted to see with the world #1 v #2. 2 of them have been pretty incredible so far especially MVG but that nearly has become his norm. Its hard to see either running away this with both likely to be averaging around 105+. I expect both to win at least 4 sets each bringing in the over 10.5 sets.

    The 180s bet is a risky one as both are generally big hitters of the T20 but I just think the line is a little high. The world record for no. of 180s in a match is 32 so they could break the record and the bet could still land. MVG also likes to switch to T19 last dart occasionally which may be all that is needed to keep the total below 33.

  12. bullseye 5 years ago

    PDC World Championship final 2017:

    Van Gerwen highest checkout over 143.5 5/6 PP **NAP**

    Anderson over 15.5 180’s 1/1 Skybet **NB**

    Highest checkout score over 150.5 5/6

    Anderson +2 180’s 4/7 Skybet

    170 finish 7/2 Bet365

    9-dart finish 6/1 Bet365
    —————————————————————————————————
    Its the final we all wanted to see; current world champion Gary Anderson against current world number one Michael Van Gerwen. Anderson is chasing a historic hatrick of titles whilst MVG desperately wants to win the main one for only a second time after clearing nearly everything else up this year.

    My main bet will be MVG to nail a 144 or higher checkout. On his route to the final he’s taken out some massive finishes including THREE 170’s, a 167, a 164 a 161 plus many more smaller mid to high ton outs. He is simply put the best finisher in the game and you feel that if he is presented with a biggie tonight at some point it will go. He is especially deadly on combination shots involving two treble 20’s so in theory 144, 152, 156, 160 & 170 outs will be right up his alley not to mention the fact that he is also just as good all over the board for other combo’s.

    In last year’s Championship final against Lewis, Anderson hit fifteen 180’s in a 7-5 sets win. Yesterday’s semi final against Peter wright also saw him hit fifteen max’s in his 6-3 victory. He is definitely finding his range more now that he is playing with the glasses and he should be good value to find one more tonight with the additional set to break his 180 line.

    Yesterday MVG came as close we’ve seen this year to a 9-darter throwing eight perfect darts before wiring the final one on double twelve. There has been a 9-darter every year in the World Championship since 2010 but we’ve been yet to see one. The final usually produces the highest quality arrows and considering the two participants its definitely a good idea to back the 9-darter.

    Good luck all

    • bullseye 5 years ago

      Highest checkout score over 150.5 5/6 Bet365

  13. baggio 5 years ago

    Welsh Prem

    Newport v RGC 1404

    This has got to be the lowest total i’ve ever seen in a rugby match and not sure why. Newport recently scored 30 against the top team in the league and RGC have gone over 6/7 in away matches.

    Over 30.5 total points
    1.83 @ bet365

    I’ve stook 13 points on this as I think the bookies have got it wrong as there is no h2h data.

    GL if you follow

    • cottweiler 5 years ago

      quality tip mate, in before h/t well cheers done, waiting for over 150.5 finish in the darts for the double

    • baggio 5 years ago

      No worries mate, glad someone else benefited.

  14. baggio 5 years ago

    Starts in 15 mins!

  15. bluemooner1894 5 years ago

    *Punt*
    MVG To hit 9 darter & win the match 9/1 (betvictor)
    No 9 darter yet in the tournament yet, so hopefully MVG can correct that? & go on to win also.
    1 point

  16. maxxxx 5 years ago

    Evening all i started off 2017 just like I ended 2016 tipping winners :-) I advised to stay away from dead rubber games and that proved the correct decision with the usual shock results in week 17. The 49ers were getting 11pts on the handicap and they easily covered that, hope nobody got burnt on that, same with the Browns taking Pittsburgh to OT.

    NFL Afternoon tips

    Atlanta O24.5pts
    Kansas O20.5pts
    (double 4/6) WON

    inc Detroit O18.5pts
    (treble 13/10 Skybet) WON

    Anytime for Max

    Jackson to score 7/5 Lost
    ————————–
    Afternoon Games. I called the NFC North championship game perfectly. I said both coaches would put it in their QB’s hands, and Rodgers went for 300yds and Stafford went for 347yds as I said he would burn the packers CB’s and Tate would win his one on one matchup (he dropped a certain td in QTR 1 too)

    Rodgers O282.5yds 10/11 WON
    Stafford O273.5yds 4/5 WON
    Nelson O84.5yds 10/11 Lost
    Tate O67.5yds 10/11 WON

    Anytime you like for Max

    Nelson to score 9/10 Lost
    Tate to score 7/5 WON

    Well done to all the winners :-)

  17. baggio 5 years ago

    Newport v RGC 1404
    Over 30.5 total points
    1.83 @ bet365

    ???WINNER???

    After 35 mins!! Makes up for a shocking wknd.

    Updated Total

    Won 36
    Lost 33

    • cottweiler 5 years ago

      thx mate great tip

  18. baggio 5 years ago

    Fun Bet 2

    Ben Woollaston +1.5 (snooker)
    Safwat ML (tennis)

    2.35 @ bet365

    ??LOSER??

    Woollaston had his arse handed to him and Safwat was a twat (but almost won)

    Update on the other fun bet:

    Victor Troicki ML (tennis)
    Melbourne Victory ML (football)

    Evens @ bet365

    Melbourne won 4-2. Troicki is a set up when rain stopped play. Match will resume early hours of the morning (UK).

  19. cottweiler 5 years ago

    whats ur opinion on the rest of the game baggio over 63.5 points at 3/1 any chance u think

    • baggio 5 years ago

      Sorry mate. Just seen message, would have gone unders if anything. High scoring 1st halves are usually followed by lower scoring 2nd.

  20. nate pesh 5 years ago

    MVG most 180’s 6/4

  21. raoul duke 5 years ago

    Hoping to continue the new year with another winner.

    Orlando Magic @ NY Knicks

    Pick – Knicks -3 @ 1.83 (Bet 365)

    I’ll add some reasoning in a bit.

    Good luck.

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      No way mate ..I’m looking at the same thing..is carmelo out?

  22. the lucky filipino 5 years ago

    I was seriously typing this “@raoul-duke ello mate..doing some research on the knicks and Orlando ..it seems that the knicks will be Carmelo-less tonight ..I know u said u won’t be backing them on road again but how about their chances to win at home tonight to break their 4 game losing streak?….”

    • raoul duke 5 years ago

      Hahaha awesome coincidence.

      You’ve pretty much summed up why I like the Knicks tonight, I wont back them on the road again.. but home is a different story.

      They need to get back to winning ways, and they showed some good signs against the Rockets in their last game, nobody gave them a chance, the line was -12.5…. but they covered and pushed the Rockets all the way – and Carmelo Anthony didn’t even play the 2nd half.

      Porzingis is out, and this is not 100% confirmation but I do think Carmelo Anthony will play.. and as Porzingis is out it will mean more minutes for Rose and Carmelo.

      Orlando Magic are on a b2b.. their b2b record is poor, going 2-5 (28.6%), and have already lost to the Knicks this season.

      If the Knicks lose this game they are in serious trouble. It’s a big game.

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Haha yeah I know man – I was like hold on let me cut what Ive type and check thread and seen ur post..??…I seems that with Carmelo there’s negative vibes in the team…I was thinking portzingas points but he too is out…so that leaves rose to control the pace of the game..his assists line seem really low considering he will be playing more mins and if he not scoring he will defnetly be looking for the killer passes to set up his team mates..really considering to take rose assist line at over 4.5 and PA&R at over 23.5 ?…the points line look good too at over 18.5..but the PA&R could provide insurance if he falls short in scoring ..

    • raoul duke 5 years ago

      Yeah that sounds good to me mate, personally reckon the PA&R is a good shout.. 23.5… tbh he could make that in points alone.

    • the lucky filipino 5 years ago

      Crapppp PP moved the PA&R over 25.5 ..should have placed bet when I saw it first..?

  23. Jordan 5 years ago

    Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) Over 1.5 3 Point Field Goals @ 11/10 @ PP – 2.5 points

  24. Jordan 5 years ago

    As I said it was a bad day on the bets for yesterday but the Packers pulled through to pull in two nice Ante Post winners which makes it 5 from 9 with 3 still pending. The Patriots are still the favourites in the bookies and my mind but the NFC is anyone’s guess. Supposedly the Packers are taking the most bets, but the most money is on Brady to get a 5th ring.

    Green Bay Packers NFC North Winners 8-11 @ betfair – 11 points (now 8-13) **WIN**

    Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) Over 1110.5 Rushing Yards 5-6 @ 365 (now 1196.5 @ 4-5) – 6 points **WIN**

    Oakland Raiders to make the playoffs 5-4 @ 365/Betway – 4 points **WIN**

    Green Bay Packers – Super Bowl Winners 17-2 @ Skybet– 2 points **PENDING**

    Green Bay Packers NFC North
    New England Patriots AFC East

    51-50 @ Skybet– 8 points **WIN**

    Green Bay Packers NFC North
    New York Giants NFC East
    New England Patriots AFC East

    9-2 @ Skybet– 2 points **LOSE**

    Lamar Jackson Heisman @ 11/10 @ PP – 10 points **WIN**

    New England Patriots AFC Winners @ 11/10 @ William Hill – 7.5 points **PENDING**

    New England Patriots Super Bowl Winners @ 3/1 @ Marathon Bet – 2.5 points **PENDING**

  25. bullseye 5 years ago

    PDC World Championship final 2017:

    Van Gerwen highest checkout over 143.5 5/6 PP **NAP** LOST

    Anderson over 15.5 180’s 1/1 Skybet **NB** WON

    Highest checkout score over 150.5 5/6 Bet365 LOST

    Anderson +2 180’s 4/7 Skybet WON

    170 finish 7/2 Bet365 LOST

    9-dart finish 6/1 Bet365 LOST

    _______________________________

    2017 World Championship NAP end record:

    14 wins
    6 loss

    The scoring was so heavy and consistent from both players that there was only a handful of opportunities for big checkouts. MVG missed bull for a 170 after hitting the first two treble 20’s and Anderson never really looked like taking out a high ton. When MVG plays like that it is near on impossible for anybody to stay with him – he simply gets better in matches whilst others endure dips or drop off. A very deserving champion indeed.

    Next onto the BDO’s now with the 70 averages haha.

  26. dazid316 5 years ago

    *Posted Yesterday*
    NBA Bet For Tonight

    5 Fold @ 8.9/1 (£10) LOST
    Spurs -3 ✗
    Pacers -2.5
    (Pistons)A Drummond Over 13.5 Points – got 25
    Timberwolves Over 106.5 ✗
    Raptors ML

    NBA (accumulators)
    November Bets 27 Win 3 -£83
    December Bets 30 Win 5 +£95.85
    January Bets 1 Lost 1 -£10

    NHL

    Double @ 3.01/1 (£10) LOST
    Capitals 60 mins
    Ducks 60 mins ✗ but did win on pens

    NHL
    December Bets 26 Win 3 +£12.22
    January Bets 1 Lost 1 -£10

    Well done all who had winners on nba last night

  27. the lucky filipino 5 years ago

    NBA player prop single …

    Derrick rose (knicks) Over 4.5 assists…4/5 PP

    Knicks desperately need the win so the players will be more hungry to break that 4 game losing streak at home….
    They need him to dictate play tonight and link up with others- he will score a few , but I also think he will cover 5 assists …

    Good luck everyone
    ——
    NBA player prop record
    54 wins
    40 loss

  28. dazid316 5 years ago

    NBA Bet For Tonight

    5 Fold @ 6.26/1 (£10)
    Cavaliers ML
    (Thunder)E Kanter Over 13.5 Points
    Hornets +4
    Rockets ML
    (Warriors)K Durant Over 4.5 Assists

    Went with Kanter points over Adams over 10.5 points, lets see if I made right choice

    • dazid316 5 years ago

      Flip sake Adams has 12 already in 1st 10 mins

  29. dazid316 5 years ago

    NHL
    Gone risky on this as only 2 games
    Double @ 18.25/1 (£5)
    Bruins -1.5 1st period
    Canucks 1st period

  30. the lucky filipino 5 years ago

    My first longshot for 2017

    Westbrook over 10.5 rebounds
    J.harden over 7.5 rebounds
    Draymond.green o 8.5 rebounds
    Lebron james o.9.5 assists

    10/1 with. PP

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