Thu, Aug 16, 12:03pm by Staff Writer
The final leg of the Australia and New Zealand leg of the Professional Dart’s Corporations World Series takes place this weekend for the first time in Brisbane.
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the host of the 16-player event, with second-seeded Dutchman Michael van Gerwen the $1.83 favourite to take out the event.
Van Gerwen was the pre-tournament favourite in Melbourne and the top seed, but fell to eventual winner Peter Wright 11-7 in the semi-finals.
He dominated the Auckland Masters a fortnight ago at the Trusts Arena, but has had a disappointing World Series by his lofty standards.
The final event in the seven-event schedule takes place in Austria in November.
Peter Wright has moved into top seed in the PDC rankings and is likely to be drawn against an Australian regional qualifier in the first round.
Wright is $8 to win the inaugural event in Brisbane at Sportsbet and is fourth favourite. Despite his success in Melbourne, no player has won consecutive World Series events this year, which perhaps justifies his longer price.
Englishman Rob Cross is a man that Wright will have to beat on his way to the final, with the fourth-seeded Cross a $7.50 chance of winning in Brisbane.
Cross is a two-time finalist this season, losing in Las Vegas and Shanghai. He has also made the quarter-finals in recent events in Melbourne and Auckland, but has struggled to break through for that elusive victory this season.
Priced at $7.50, he is certainly a risky proposition to back given his lack of winning form.
Second-seed Gary Anderson has had a memorable 2018 season so far, winning the Las Vegas Masters and then taking out the prestigious World Matchplay event in Blackpool, where he beat Mensur Suljovic 21-19.
Anderson is priced at $6 to win Brisbane and is another risky proposition given his hit-and-miss nature.
Simon Whitlock was the best performed of the home talent in Melbourne, losing to top-seed van Gerwen in the quarter-finals.
It was an all-Aussie showdown between van Gerwen and youngster Corey Cadby that had fans interested on the opening night, with Whitlock prevailing 6-4.
Both men are priced at $26 to win the Brisbane Masters.
It has been an unsettled few weeks for Cadby, who had hopes to play in the Auckland Masters, but his passport was delayed in returning to him from the United Kingdom, as he has applied for a work visa to compete in darts competitions overseas.
Top seeds have not won an event on the PDC World Series this season, which makes the price on Peter Wright one to avoid.
Michael van Gerwen is far too short in a talented field, which leaves Rob Cross as the most likely winner in Brisbane.
Cross has made the final twice this series in the World Series and has been the most consistent player in these events in 2018.
Best bet- Rob Cross to win at $7.50
Brisbane Darts Masters Odds – Sportsbet
Michael van Gerwen $1.83
Gary Anderson $6
Rob Cross $7.50
Peter Wright $8
Mcihael Smith $17
Corey Cadby $26
Raymond van Barneveld $26
Simon Whitlock $26
Kyle Anderson $67
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