Are you ready for non-stop tungsten tension in Milton Keynes?
Well, you better be, as the UK Open is as manic as it gets in the darting world.
Often cited as the “FA Cup of Darts”, the open draw over multiple boards often throws a number of spanners in the works, with eight different champions crowned over the last ten editions!
And with crowds still not permitted, we are expecting the underdogs to bite even harder without the pressure of the watching public, as the 19th UK Open kicks off on Friday morning.
So, how do we see the weekend panning out?
Keep on scrolling to find out our top Odds Pick, Extra Pick and tasty Long Shot.
First-time winner of the UK Open – 7/4 with Betfair
We saw a number of first-time champions across some of the darts majors last season and the UK Open offers up a big chance for someone to spring a surprise.
It’s not just the underdogs that haven’t nailed a UK Open crown.
Gerwyn Price, Johnny Clayton and Joe Cullen all make up part of the top five favourites in the betting, and none of them have had their hands on the UK Open trophy.
Backing against Michael van Gerwen to succeed in a darts tournament no longer holds the same taboo – “Mighty Mike” has three UK Opens to his name, but we are banking on a fresh face this weekend.
Our Extra Pick – Gerwyn Price to win the UK Open – 6/1 with Paddy Power
If you’re looking for a first-time winner, then look no further than the “Iceman” Gerwyn Price.
The Welshman cleaned up in 2020 winning the Grand Prix, World Cup, World Series of Darts Finals and World Championship, adding to the two previous Grand Slam titles he’d won.
Price is playing with real confidence at the moment, and you’d fancy him to breeze through the early rounds.
Our Long Shot – Michael Smith to win the UK Open – 25/1 with Paddy Power
It’ll come one day, won’t it?
Michael Smith is one of the most popular players on the PDC circuit but is yet to get his hands on a major title.
The 30-year-old has had a good start to 2021 nailing a 170 finish and a nine-darter at the PDC Super Series, and if he is handed a favourable draw there is no reason why he can’t banish his demons and go all the way in Milton Keynes.
25/1 is a massive price for a player with such natural talent.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.