PDC Home Tour Darts Betting Odds, Preview and Picks for Day 19 (Tuesday, May 5)
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If you’ve been following along with our PDC Home Tour Darts coverage, you know what our basic strategy is for the group stages of this first-of-its-kind event. Given the unfamiliar environment and format for this tournament– the players are at home, play is sometimes interrupted by phone calls and the matches are short — it seems unwise to back big favorites.
Nothing like getting your lunch handed to you in the darts.
Day 18 of the PDC Home Tour was not one I’ll remember fondly as the big underdogs went 0-4, headlined by Harald Leitinger choking away a 4-2 lead as a +250 underdog against Stephen Bunting.
Bunting would go on to sweep the group and neither Leitinger nor Nathan Derry would threaten to pull off an upset after the tone-setting meltdown by Leitinger.
We push on to Day 19 where we have the unsettling task of trying to beat odds-on favorite Glen “Duzza” Durrant with three inferior players.
PDC Home Tour Night 19 Betting Odds and Picks
Tuesday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET
- No. 19 Glen Durrant (-121)
- No. 54 Justin Pipe (+300)
- No. 79 Maik Kuivenhoven (+450)
- No. 85 Vincent Van der Meer (+450)
- Glen Durrant (-375) v Vincent van der Meer (+260)
- Justin Pipe (-139) v Maik Kuivenhoven (+110)
- Vincent van der Meer (+100) v Maik Kuivenhoven (-134)
- Glen Durrant (-230) v Justin Pipe (+175)
- Justin Pipe (-177) v Vincent van der Meer (+138)
- Maik Kuivenhoven (+225) v Glen Durrant (-305)
After winning the BDO World Championship three years on the spin, Glen Durrant jumped to the PDC in 2019 and didn’t miss a beat. Not only did “Duzza” make a run to the quarterfinals at the 2020 PDC World Championships, but his 96.95 scoring average is the seventh-best mark on tour over the past 365 days. He’s one of the best players in the world.
Unlike what we’ve seen in other groups there’s no clear challenger to “Duzza” on Tuesday and the gap between the favorite and the rest of this set is quite pronounced. Could Durrant make quick work of the other three players in Group 19 and get into the knockout rounds unbothered? Sure, but in this format it’s just as likely that he needs to grind out a result or two and one shot here or there could be the difference between Durrant cruising and a big underdog cashing.
While the better player will win out over the course of a long match, a 9-leg match is akin to playing a couple of innings in a baseball game. All it takes is one of these underdogs getting hot or Durrant not being up for this unique event to get some real value by fading the chalk.
In addition to fading Durrant in all three of his matches, I’ll take a shot on Vincent van der Meer as a +138 favorite over former World No. 10 Justin Pipe. Durrant may be in a class of his own in this group but there’s very little between the other three contenders and I consider all three of their matchups to be essentially coin flips, so the +138 is an attractive price.
PDC Home Tour Night 19 Betting Picks
- Vincent van der Meer (+260) over Glen Durrant
- Justin Pipe (+175) over Glen Durrant
- Vincent van der Meer (+138) over Justin Pipe
- Maik Kuivenhoven (+225) over Glen Durrant
PDC Home Tour Betting Record: 20-41, -4.45 units
PDC Home Tour Group Winners
- Group 1: Jamie Lewis (+600)
- Group 2: Luke Woodhouse (+600)
- Group 3: Dave Chisnall (-134)
- Group 4: Geert Nentjes (+250)
- Group 5: Nick Kenny (+450)
- Group 6: Ryan Searle (+180)
- Group 7: Jelle Klaasen (+200)
- Group 8: Jonny Clayton (+130)
- Group 9: Martijn Kleermaker (+350)
- Group 10: Nathan Aspinall (-177)
- Group 11: Mike van Duivenbode (+300)
- Group 12: Max Hopp (+175)
- Group 13: Carl Wilkinson (+450)
- Group 14: Chris Dobey (-118)
- Group 15: Darren Webster (+175)
- Group 16: Jeff Smith (+225)
- Group 17: Damon Heta (+163)
- Group 18: Stephen Bunting (+100)
PDC Home Tour Darts Tournament Rules and Format
- If you’re unfamiliar with the rules of darts, click here.
- The tournament will feature 32 groups of four players who will play a round robin to determine a group winner.
- One group plays per day, for 32 days in a row. Yes, 32 days in a row.
- All group-stage matches are best-of-9 legs and two points will be awarded for a win. If there is a tie at the top of standings, the first tiebreaker will be leg difference.
- After the 32-day group stage, the winners will advance to the second phase of the competition. I’m assuming that means a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament. But, the PDC website didn’t go any further than that.
- The action will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time) each night and stream on PDC.tv, free of charge.
- The first 20 groups have been announced, along with the order of play, though the PDC has yet to confirm the remaining competitors.