Wayne Mardle on the World Cup of Darts: Consistent Austrians set for a good run

Austrian darts player Mensur Suljovic
Recent winner Mensur Suljovic forms one half of a consistent Austria team

We're off to Germany for this year's renewal of the World Cup of Darts, and as ever, our resident darting expert Wayne Mardle is here with his tournament pick and first round wagers...

"At 25/1, I think their chances are better than those odds, and they are in the opposite side of the draw to the favourites."

Back Austria Each-Way @ 25/1

Big Three dominate the betting

All change in the England camp, gone are the pairing of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, in come the world champ, Rob cross, and Dave Chisnall, who is the next highest ranked Englishman in the world rankings.

The reigning champions, the Netherlands, are once again the tournament favourites at 10/11, and rightly so in my opinion, the team of Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen will be looking to win the event for a fourth time, to match England's haul.

Scotland are the second favourites at 5/2, with the two team members being Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. Last year they underwhelmed and lost at the very first hurdle to Singapore. If the Scots can gel they will be a tough duo to beat.

England, 4/1, and the Netherlands are both in the bottom half, leaving Scotland as the big guns in the top half. The seedings are based on the world rankings, meaning Scotland are top seeds, England two, with the current champs and favourites Holland being the third seeds.

Of the other nations expected for deep runs, Australia (16/1), Wales (20/1), Northern Ireland (25/1), Austria (25/1) and Belgium (33/1) could well come to the fore.

Austria a lively outsider

Backing against tournament favourites the Netherlands at 10/11 is brave, luckily, I'm brave.

I fancy a lively outsider, the Austrians, Mensur Suljovic and Zoran Lerchbacher are very capable. Mensur winning a World Series event just days ago. Zoran has made strides this year and won't fear the big stage, he's highly experienced and seems to be getting better and better.

These two dartists could be described as consistent, I think it'll take a good team performance to take them out.

At 25/1, I think their chances are better than those odds, and they are in the opposite side of the draw to the favourites.


Round One Wagers

Brazil @ 10/11 to beat Denmark
Thursday, 19:30

Diogo Portela, the Brazilian captain, will be the main man in this encounter, he's very capable. Diogo took a set from Peter Wright in the World Championships in December.

If Portela's partner Bruno can handle the pressure I think they'll go well in round one.

The Danes always rely on the highly experienced Per Laursen to perform, in recent times he has been a little hit and miss, literally. Relying on him to perform with his World Cup debutant partner, Henrik Primdal doesn't seem the way forward.

USA @ 9/1 to beat Scotland
Thursday, 21:30

Right, let me point out I don't think team USA will win but at 1/14 I wouldn't have a penny on Scotland. As I've already mentioned, Scotland lost in the first round last year.

While I'll be having a small wager on the Americans to win at 9/1, I expect to lose my fiver, but any outcome is possible, no matter how unlikely it may seem.

Perhaps a Correct Score acca?

There are a few teams that really should dominate their opponents in the first round. Over the best of nine leg format I envisage a few hidings; Wales, Australia, Northern Ireland, England and the Netherlands should inflict big wins on their respecitve opponents, maybe an accumulator on the handicap is the way forward.

I'll let you decide who to include and how to play that one however. Good luck.

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