European Championship (darts) Odds
Who wins European Championship (darts) 2021?
European Championship (Darts) 2020
The European Championship is an annual event that has taken place in various European venues since its inauguration in 2008. This year’s edition takes place in Dortmund, Germany and is a 4-day event beginning on Thursday the 29th October and ending Sunday 1st November.
The tournament will be the final leg of the 2020 European tour and will feature the 32 highest ranked players from the PDC’s ‘European Order of Merit’. This essentially means that the field will be populated with the best 32 players in the world, setting us up for a great 4-day festival of darts. With a total prize pot of £500,000 and the winner taking £120,000, this is a tournament that the players will be looking forward to.
For a four-year period between 2014 and 2017 the tournament was dominated by Michael van Gerwen, with the dutchman sweeping up all four titles. However, van Gerwen somewhat underperformed in 2018 and 2019, losing in rounds 2 and 1, respectively.
The world No.1 has also slightly struggled with post-lockdown form, losing to two players ranked outside the top 50 in the Players Championship, and getting knocked out in just the second round of the World Matchplay in July. Despite this, if MVG can shake off the post lockdown rustiness and put in a good performance in the World Grand Prix at the start of October he will still enter this tournament as a firm favourite.
Rob Cross has become a bit of a specialist in this event over the previous 3 years. The Englishman made the final on debut in the competition in 2017, losing in the final to van Gerwen. The 29-year-old then went on to make a quarter-final appearance in 2018 before winning last year’s tournament, beating Gerwyn Price in the final.
Despite this, Cross has also struggled post lockdown, losing to World No.102 William Borland in the Players Championship, and bowing out in round one of the World Matchplay. Cross will need to find some form quickly and have a good World Grand Prix if he wants to repeat his heroics in this year’s European Championship, but with his rich history in the competition he should not be discounted.
There are just 3 other previous European Championship winners that will likely be in this year’s field, Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis, and James Wade.
The 2012 winner, Simon Whitlock, is the only non-European to win the event. At 52 years old however, the 2012 European Championship remains his one and only major tournament win. With his best years seemingly behind him it is very unlikely he will repeat the feat this time round.
Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis won this tournament back in 2013, beating Simon Whitlock in the final. Having not made a major final since 2016, some will question whether Adrian Lewis has got what it takes to recapture the form that saw him win back to back world championships. The 35-year-old will point to the fact that he has already made two major quarter finals this year, one of them being at the World Matchplay, where so many of the worlds best players struggled for form.
James Wade is another former winner to struggle for form recently, reaching just one ranking event quarter final since winning this competition in 2018. In his heyday in the late noughties and early ‘10s Wade would have been a shoe in to go deep into tournaments, but on form he will struggle to make it too far here.
Considering all of this, it would not be too much of a stretch to say that we may well be in for a new winner at this years European Championship.
Gerwyn Price will be one of them who massively fancies his chances. Having come to professional darts relatively late in life, Price has burst onto the scene in recent years. The Welshman has made 16 quarterfinals, 10 semi-finals, 6 finals and won 2 major competitions in the 5 years since he broke into the worlds top 32. He is another player who has struggled with form post lockdown but will hope to brush this off and cement himself firmly amongst the worlds best by going deep into this tournament.
Having won his first major tournament as a ranked outsider in July, Dimitri Van der Bergh will also be hoping he can make an impact at this tournament. The youngster will be looking to build on his post lockdown success and firmly put his name amongst the best.
There will be plenty of other top players hoping to take advantage of their fellow top 10 hopefuls bad form and emerge from the crowd to stake a claim in this tournament. This includes top class players such as Peter Wright, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson, and Nathan Aspinall amongst others.
Considering all the above, the winner of this years European Championship will depend heavily on which of the worlds highest ranking players can shrug off the post lockdown blues and rediscover top form. If the top players continue to stutter in the way we’ve seen, we may well be in for another surprise winner.