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The first major PDC Tv event since the World Darts Championship graces our screens at the end of January.  The PDC Masters features the top sixteen ranched players by order of merit in a straight knock-out competition. The newly crown PDC World Champion Peter Wright will be a hot favourite after defeating the two-time reigning World Champions Michael van Gerwen.

Peter final found a set of darts that he had admitted being the best he had played with when he achieved his lifelong ambition of taking the World Title earlier this month. Renowned for his stylish Mohican hairstyle and flamboyant trousers and snake boots, ‘Snakebite’ changes his darts nearly as frequently as the colour of his hair. Will he play with the darts that won him the 2020 World title? We will have to wait and see.

Michael van Gerwen is not a player to roll over in any dart match. Having won the past five Masters titles and still the remaining World No.1. Michael will enter the Masters as the odds-on favourite for the Masters and fans can obtain a bonus code Ladbrokes that can boast their winnings. In 2019 Michael didn’t have the success he has had in previous years, although he did win the Premier League, Masters, World Grand Prix and the Players Championships not bad for a poor year at Michaels high standards. However, one major thing has changed, Michael has a new darts sponsor, Winmau, and he will be throwing new darts for the first time in years.

Phil Taylor, former 16-time World Darts Champion as said Micheal will struggle with new darts, however ‘The Power’ changed his darts enough times, and he seemed to win with most changes he made.

Adjustment to new darts equipment can take time. It can help improve your throw, but after winning over 100 PDC major titles, there is little the Dutchman can improve upon. Michael will be out to add to his history-making streak with a sixth consecutive Masters title.

Although the main focus will be on Michael and Peter, there is a host of other players that have shown they are capable of taking the 2020 Masters title.

 

Gary Anderson / Nathan Aspinall

Gary Anderson, returned from back injury late last year and as yet not shown the top form that has won him two World titles. The new kid on the block is Nathan Aspinall, more than capable and hungry for more success on the PDC circuit. After his excellent run in the 2019 World Championships Nathan won the UK Open and the USA World Series Masters. His performance in 2020 has gained him ranking and a place in the 2020 Premier League.

 

Gerwyn Price

Love him or hate him the Marmite man or ‘Ice Man’ Gerwyn Price is sure to entertain and will be worth a side bet. Gerwyn made his name on the oche for not only his outstanding play but as some may say for his over the top 180 celebrations. The ex-rugby player has made the transition to darts look easy, and he can handle the pressure the sport brings with it.

Gerwyn won the PDC Grand Slam of Darts that features the best of the PDC and the BDO for the second consecutive year. He was also the runner up in the Players Championships and European Championships in 2019. Gerwyn is undoubtedly a man on the way up and could be a good bet to take the 2020 Masters title.

 

Rob Cross / Adrian Lewis

Rob had a mixed 2019 and was knocked out early in the 2020 World Championships. The World Championships can catapult and player to the top of the ranking due to the vast prize money it offers, however, each year the player has to defend the prize money he has earned and a failure to replicate an excellent performance can mean a lower ranking. It seemed Rob had this on his mind in the 2020 World Championships and he failed to perform. Although very much capable of achieving a World Champion status again, he has to show some improvement from his previous outing.

Adrian Lewis has had issues with his back over the past few years, hovered, he is on the way back. With slight improvements, he is still off his best but the Masters might be the tournament he needs to kickstart 2020.

The remaining players to feature in this year's Masters; Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney, Joe Cullen, Jonny Clayton, James Wade, Ian White, Simon Whitlock and Mensur Suljovic all have something to prove that they are the best in the world. There is no better place to show it than the opening tournament of the season and on their day, all are capable of taking the Masters title. Let the battle commence.

Live coverage via ITV4 / ITV sport, PDCTV HD and various other channels

 

Schedule of Play

Friday, January 31 (1900 GMT)
First Round
Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Nathan Aspinall v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross v Adrian Lewis

Saturday, February 1 (1900 GMT)
First Round
Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Ian White
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock

 

Past Winners

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-up

2019 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 5 James Wade
2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 9 Raymond van Barneveld
2017 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 7 Gary Anderson
2016 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 6 Dave Chisnall
2015 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 6 Raymond van Barneveld
2014 James Wade 11 - 10 Mervyn King
2013 Phil Taylor 10 - 1 Adrian Lewis

 

 

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