Champions League of Darts 2019 – Preview & Betting Info.

Champions League weekend is coming up on the 19-20th October which means there’ll be an opportunity to make some serious money. Here, Peter Watton, from matched betting experts OddsMonkey, offers his tips for making the most out of the big event.

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One of the hottest new highlights in the darting calendar, the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts is about to take place. The sport’s top talent will go head to head in a televised tournament for a £100,000 prize, while darts fans up and down the country watch with bated breath – betting slips in hand.

Below, I’ll be taking you through this year’s event, including the schedule of play and predictions for who will come out on top.

The Champions League – An Outline.

The Champions League was set up in 2016 by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), with the intention of bringing the best of the best together for one major tournament. The contestants are the top eight players in the PDC Order of Merit, which is a list based on total prize money won over a two-year period by players in ranking tournaments.

While the previous three Champions Leagues have taken place in Cardiff and Brighton, both in September, this year’s event is scheduled for 19-20th October at the Morningside Arena, Leicester. But, if you can’t make the big event, you’ll be pleased to heart that the entire tournament will be broadcast live by BBC Sport.

2019 Betting Tips and Predictions.

The players are split into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A includes world number one and favourite to win Michael van Gerwen, whose odds are 11/8. He is joined by recent World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith, former protégé of last year’s Champions League winner Gary Anderson, who is also in Group A. Plus, nine-time major champion James Wade has also been thrown into the mix, resulting in one of the most nail-biting line-ups you could hope for.

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FINAL Gary ANDERSON

Equally brutal is Group B, headlined by recent World Matchplay champion Rob Cross alongside reigning Players champion Daryl Gurney, recent World Cup winner Peter Wright, and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price. It’s going to be a close one to call, but Rob Cross is the bookies’ favourite to win Group B with odds of 13/8.

Of all contestants, Group A’s Michael van Gerwen is currently worth the most (£1,602,250) and is therefore considered the most likely to win this year’s Champion’s League outright. A £10 bet on him would land you £23.80 in return if he was successful, according to Paddy Power. However, with each of the eight dartsmen having significant wins under their belts, their collective form and skill level means that he’ll have some stiff competition to overcome.

Like any other darts tournament, you can bet on almost every aspect of the Champions League — from who will make it to the final to what colour the last dart will land on. The list of competitors for this year’s league has already been announced, so most betting markets should be open already.

The league is only in its fourth year, so there isn’t a long and detailed history to help you work out who’s most likely to win. Instead, pay attention to the odds, tipsters, and player performance in other competitions if you want to try to pick a winner. Or, for an easier and less risky method of making money off the Champions League, you might want to consider matched betting.

Schedule of Play: Saturday 19th October

As normal, the winners of each showdown will take each other on during the same evening, with the losers doing the same.

Afternoon Session (12:30pm start, BBC Sport)

· Group B: Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright

· Group B: Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price

· Group A: Michael Smith v Gary Anderson

· Group A: Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

Evening Session (6:30pm start, BBC Sport)

· Loser v Loser (Group B)

· Loser v Loser (Group A)

· Winner v Winner (Group B)

· Winner v Winner (Group A)

Schedule of Play: Sunday 20th October

The remaining pairings will take place with the line-up depending on the outcome of Saturday’s matches, followed by the semi-finals and the final in the evening session.

Afternoon Session (12:30pm start, BBC Sport)

· 4 remaining group matches

Evening Session (6:30pm start, BBC Sport)

· Semi-finals

· Final

The tips in this guide should help you feel more informed about the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts — including how to approach placing your bets.

Good Luck!


Words: Peter Watton (oddsmonkey)

Pic: PDC/L Lustig

Edits: Dartsworld