PREVIEW: European Darts Open 2023

European Darts Open 2023

Preview by Shane McArdle

The Interwetten European Darts Open continues in Leverkusen, Germany, today.

It’s day Two, where the 16 seeded players enter the tournament at the Ostermann Arena, including the defending champion Michael van Gerwen and the tournament’s top-seed Luke Humphries.

There are sixteen second round matches played across two sessions today, with today’s winners moving into the last 16, which will take place tomorrow afternoon.

The action will be broadcast live on Viaplay, DAZN & PDCTV.

Second Round Match Betting and Predictions:

Saturday March 25th (Afternoon Session)

(Prices correct as of 1pm on March 25th)

(3pm) Evs Danny Noppert v Chris Dobey 17/20 (Prediction – Chris Dobey, It will be understandable that Chris Dobey is still on a high after an emotional night of Premier League action from his hometown of Newcastle on Thursday last and he is expected to use to his advantage to overcome a dangerous rival in Danny Noppert, a narrow win for Dobey is on the cards)

(3:30pm) 4/5 Ryan Searle v Stephen Bunting 21/20 (Prediction – Stephen Bunting, This should be a cracker and for me it’s The Bullet Stephen Bunting who comes here in slightly better form, which should be the deciding factor in what promises to be a close affair)

Saturday March 25th (Evening Session)

(Prices correct as of 1pm on March 25th)

(6pm) 3/10 Gerwyn Price v Krzysztof Ratajski 11/4 (Prediction – Gerwyn Price, Following his second consecutive Premier League overall victory in succession in Newcastle on Thursday last, Gezzy Price is a strong fancy to brush aside his Polish rival and progress to the next round)

(6:30pm) 2/5 Luke Humphries v Brendan Dolan 2/1 (Prediction – Luke Humphries, Luke is the tournament top-seed and will not have it all his own way against History maker Brendan Dolan, who hit a nine-dart finish in a players championship match last week, but a win for Humphries is the most likely outcome)

(7pm) 1/20 Michael Smith v Rene Eidams 10/1 (Prediction – Michael Smith, It’s hard to see anything other than a straight forward win for the reigning World Champion and current World No1 Michael Smith)

(7:30pm) 3/10 Peter Wright v Ricardo Pietreczko 12/5 (Prediction – Peter Wright, It has not been a good couple of weeks for Peter wright, who finds himself bottom of the Premier League standings and has been struggling for form, however he seems to be slowly coming back to some sort of form and is fancied to get through this tough second-round match)

(8pm) 3/10 Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld 13/5 (Prediction – Michael van Gerwen, This will be a high quality all Dutch affair with both players eager to get one over their fellow countryman, however on current form, it has to be a comfortable win for MVG for me)

(8:30pm) 6/10 Dimitri van den Bergh v James Wade 11/8 (Prediction – James Wade, This should be a close fought game and for me the difference could be the clinical finishing prowess of The Machine James Wade)

(9pm) 13/20 Martin Schindler v William O’Connor 5/4 (Prediction – Martin Schindler, The German thrower has been having a great run of results and is fancied to edge past O’Connor who is never an easy game but may be outscored by his opponent in this game)

(9:30pm) 2/5 Josh Rock v Ian White 21/10 (Prediction – Josh Rock, It’s been quite a year for Rocky Josh Rock and he will need to be on top form to overcome Diamond Ian White, but he should have enough to take a hard earned victory in what could be a closer match than many will expect)

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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article