BDO World Darts Championship: McGeeney and Hughes to test Durrant
Glen Durrant starts the defence of his BDO World Darts Championship title at Frimley Green this week as the clear 6/5 favourite, but Mark McGeeney can give him a run for his money at much bigger odds.
McGeeney is currently ranked as the world No 1 after enjoying one of his best seasons on the tour. The 45-year-old from Coventry, now living in Stockport, won the Category A+ Dutch Open in February and finished runner-up for the second year in a row at the World Masters, one of the BDO's four majors.
The 'Gladiator' has made only two appearances at the World Championship and hardly set the world alight, going out in the second round on both occasions, but his confidence will be high after topping the rankings on the back of four tournament wins this year, including the German Open and Hal Open.
McGeeney must get past crowd favourite Martin Adams in the opening round, but as second seed he is in the bottom half of the draw and is not scheduled to face Durrant until the final, so 22/1 looks a good price.
The second of our free darts betting tips is another Midlander and one of the younger generation of players, third seed Jamie Hughes who is in the bottom quarter and can go well at 14/1.
The 31-year-old from West Bromwich has reached the semi-finals in the last two years, losing to Durrant 12 months ago and Scott Waites in 2016.
Hughes has won a couple of tournaments this year and is also a major champion, winning the Finders Masters in 2014.
Yozza is scheduled for a last-16 meeting with 14th seed Martin Phillips, a player he has beaten three times this year, so a quarter-final place is not beyond him.
Both players will have to bring their A game to prevent a second world title for Durrant, who has a good record against McGeeney and Hughes, but their recent form suggests they can put up a fight.
Mark McGeeney to win BDO World Championship @ 22/1 ew 1/2
Jamie Hughes to win BDO World Championship @ 14/1 ew 1/2