Bookies.com present five fantastic outside darting shouts for the European Championship
Belgium is the latest battle ground in a wonderful winter of top-draw, televised darting tournaments, as the European Championship gets underway this Friday to Sunday.
There have been four different winners over as many of the past editions of this competition, so backing a fifth new arrowsmith to take the trophy is enticing. After Robert Thornton’s incredible underdog defeat of Michael van Gerwen at the World Grand Prix, one in a long line of recent shock results, there has never been a better time to back a dark horse.
So, here are five tasty, alternative stars to take the Ethias Arena oche by storm…
Snakebite has been hovering ominously around at the business end of televised majors with increasing regularity, and snatched his third Players Championship title of 2015 off-screen with a victory against Benito van de Pas in Coventry last time out.
Now the time is ripe for Wright to win with the cameras on and, ranked number four in the world, the colourful Scot is a superb best-priced 28/1 shot for glory with 888.com.
BETTING TIP: Snakebite @ 28/1 with 888.com to win the title
Serbian-born Suljovic (offered at an excellent 80/1 by BetVictor) is arguably in the best form of his career and there is no reason the daring dartsman cannot go one step further and claim a crown, having dispatched greats of the game.
The giant-killer is garnering a ruthless reputation after making the quarters of the 2015 World Matchplay and UK Open, as well as snaffling a World Grand Prix semi-final spot, knocking out the likes of Gary Anderson and James Wade for those finishes.
BETTING TIP: Suljovic @ 80/1 by BetVictor to win the title
The Thorn finally looks like coming into his own at age 48, as the unshakable Scot pulled off a fantastic sporting upset by slaying favourite Michael van Gerwen in the final of the 2015 World Grand Prix.
Buoyed by confidence after deservedly bagging his third major title, unruffled Thornton could emerge as a credible force to threaten the established order, and is 40/1 from bet365 to win his second televised tournament on the trot.
BETTING TIP: The Thorn @ 40/1 with bet365 to win the title
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Barney is a big outside price at 40/1 with William Hill for a brilliant Belgian comeback and he veteran’s long odds are due to entering unseeded following recent wobbles.
Yet, as the Dutchman’s final appearance in the 2015 Auckland Darts Masters and subsequent last two outing in the Players Championship have shown, he is still deadly on his day and more than capable of poaching this top prize.
BETTING TIP: Barney @ 40/1 with William Hill to win the title
On home soil, with the backing of a Belgian crowd, hitman Huybrechts, a 2015 European Darts Grand Prix victor, is worth a punt a 40/1 price with PaddyPower. As a 2012 finalist in this tournament, this time the hot-tempered star can go one better.
BETTING TIP: Huybrechts @ 40/1 with PaddyPower to win the title