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European Darts Open 2012 Betting Preview - Chizzy Favourite For More Glory

Can Dave Chisnall continue his rampant form? (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Dave Chisnall heads the betting for this weekend's third European Tour event in Düsseldorf, but is among a world class field heading to Germany for the event dubbed the 'World Matchplay warm-up'. 

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It is little surprise that Chizzy has been installed as the 9/1 favourite to pick up the title with SportingBet; after just over a year with the PDC, he has broken into the top 16 and established himself as one of the most dangerous players on the circuit.

His consistent performances week-in, week-out have seen him soar up the world rankings and become an opponent to avoid. He followed up his run to the final of the last European Tour event with yet another ProTour title in Crawley last weekend, but will have to clear some tricky hurdles en route to the latter stages of this event.

He should have little worry in seeing off Kevin Munch in his opener, but is likely to be pushed hard against either Paul Nicholson or Kim Huybrechts in the last 32.

World Champion Adrian Lewis is the 10/1 second favourite and will have the bookmakers running scared should he showcase his unrivalled natural talent in the latest three-day event.

Despite preferring the big stage in TV events, Jackpot has produced improved results in floor events of late and will be out to send out a message going into the World Matchplay on the back of a good run in Dusseldorf.

James Wade, Justin Pipe, Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock follow next in the market, each priced at 12/1.

Wade has suffered a slump in form of late but turned his fortunes around with a run to a ProTour Semi-Final recently; he appears short-priced given his shock exit to Mensur Suljovic in the early rounds of the last European Tour event but is capable of turning on the style at any time if he matches his 'A' game with the correct mind set.

Justin Pipe has been shortened in the absence of Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson and will be out to do yet more damage in this event after he won the inaugural title in April.

Barney and Whitlock possess the unquestioned ability to reach the business end, while Wes Newton is always a popular choice to do well in tour events and will be well-fancied again at 14/1.

Colin Lloyd comes into the tournament in a rich vein of form after ending his two-year wait for a PDC title by winning Sunday's Players Championship event in Crawley.

Jaws fired in a magical nine-darter along with numerous ton-plus averages in the last Euro event in Berlin and provides strong each-way value at 33/1 should he avoid an upset in the early rounds.

Premier League wildcards Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter will be out to do damage prior to Blackpool at 33/1 and 50/1 respectively, while Belgium's Kim Huybrechts, who is joined in the event by his brother Ronny, will be a danger at 33/1 but faces a difficult opener against none other than Paul Nicholson.

The non-televised event runs from July 6-8, with all matches played over the best of 11 legs in front of a bumper crowd at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf.

European Open outright odds courtesy of SportingBet

Each way Terms: 1/2 Odds Places 1-2

Dave Chisnall 9/1
Adrian Lewis 10/1
James Wade 12/1
Justin Pipe 12/1
Raymond van Barneveld 12/1
Simon Whitlock 12/1
Wesley Newton 14/1
Mervyn King 28/1
Robert Thornton 28/1
Ronnie Baxter 28/1
Terry Jenkins 28/1
Andy Hamilton 33/1
Colin Lloyd 33/1
Kim Huybrechts 33/1
Michael Van Gerwen 33/1
Richie Burnett 40/1
Scott Rand 40/1
Dean Winstanley 50/1
Ian White 50/1
Jamie Caven 50/1
John Part 50/1
Kevin Painter 50/1
Mark Walsh 50/1
Peter Wright 50/1
Wayne Jones 50/1
Andy Smith 66/1
Brendan Dolan 66/1
Colin Osborne 66/1
Denis Ovens 66/1
James Hubbard 66/1
Paul Nicholson 66/1
Steve Beaton 66/1
Steve Brown 66/1
Vincent Van Der Voort 66/1
Mark Hylton 100/1
Aaron Monk 125/1
Alan Tabern 125/1
Andy Jenkins 125/1
Brian Woods 125/1
Co Stompe 125/1
Devon Petersen 125/1
Jelle Klaasen 125/1
Joe Cullen 125/1
Magnus Caris 125/1
Ronny Huybrechts 125/1
Stuart Kellet 125/1
Gino Vos 250/1
Jamie Lewis 250/1
Jim Walker 250/1
Johnny Haines 250/1
Maik Langendorf 250/1
Mark Dudbridge 250/1
Mark Jones 250/1
Michael Mansell 250/1
Mick Todd 250/1
Ross Smith 250/1
Steve Maish 250/1
Tonci Restovic 250/1
Ryan de Vreede 500/1
Tomas Seyler 500/1
Tony Littleton 500/1
Karsten Kornath 1000/1
Kevin Munch 1000/1

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European Darts Open 2012 Betting Preview - Chizzy Favourite For More Glory

Dave Chisnall heads the betting for this weekend's third European Tour event in Düsseldorf, but is among a world class field heading to Germany for the event dubbed the 'World Matchplay warm-up'. 

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