Despite defeat to Peter Wright in the quarter-finals of the Premier League on Thursday, Gerwyn Price is still favourite to clinch the UK Open title for the first time this weekend at 9/2 while three time champion Michael van Gerwen is available at 11/2.
Signs of encouragement for MvG
Michael van Gerwen delivered one of his finest nights of darts in a long while as he put in three consistent displays that will have pleased him immensely en route to picking up Thursday's Premier League week four win.
We've seen The Green Machine put in some impressive performances over recent months but the 32-year-old has struggled to back up individual games and perform to a consistently high level throughout an event for quite some time.
Uncharacteristically poor board management, set up shots and finishing have plagued him over recent months but those attributes were certainly there as he dominated proceedings in Exeter.
The world number three will take much confidence from last night and I think we'll see the world of darts benefit hugely.
It's always good for the game when MvG is fully firing and he really put down a marker in the Premier League night four final to whitewash World Champion Peter Wright.
He didn't let Snakebite in as he breezed to the title and the £10,000 bonus. He is 11/2 to back that up with a win this weekend.
Borland to bowl out RvB
One of the most promising young talents on the circuit, Willie Borland, takes on one of the greatest talents this game has ever produced in Raymond van Barneveld and whilst the crowd will undoubtedly want RvB to succeed, the excitement about the Scot's game continues to grow.
With a nine darter in the opening round of the 2022 World championship, Willie Borland was already growing tired of discussing his exploits on the Ally Pally stage but as the time has gone on, interest in his ability has continued to grow.
Fearless in his approach and improving all the time, I'm backing Borland to beat the Dutchman at 7/4.