2017 Unibet Masters: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Michael van Gerwen won 25 tournaments in 2016 and claimed the World Darts Championship title for a second time earlier this month. Van Gerwen is 1.53 favourite to win the Unibet Masters.

9. Van Gerwen has won the last two installations of the Unibet Masters, beating Raymond van Barneveld in 2015 and Dave Chisnall in 2016 both by a 10-6 scoreline. Van Gerwen is 1.12 to reach the semi-finals.

8. Second seed Gary Anderson averaged 104.93 in the 2017 World Darts Championship final but still lost his title to Van Gerwen 7-3. Anderson has never won the Masters but is 6.50 to do so this weekend.

7. Phil Taylor won the inaugural Masters in 2013 but his best finish since were semi-final exits in 2014 and 2016. He lost last year’s semi 11-10 to Van Gerwen. Taylor is 15.00 to win the tournament.

6. Four Dutchmen are in the Unibet Masters for a second successive year. Three of the last four finalists in this tournament been Dutch and a price of 1.44 is available for a Dutchman to win the 2017 title.

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5. Eighth seed Mensur Suljovic is yet to win a PDC major title but did reach the European Championship final last year. Suljovic also won the 2016 International Darts Open on the European Tour in Germany and is 21.00 to reach the final here.

4. Former Masters champion James Wade has not won a PDC major title since he recovered from 10-6 down against Mervyn King to win 11-10 in the 2014 final. Wade is 13.00 to reach the final.

3. Last year’s defeated finalist Dave Chisnall has now lost four in four PDC major tournament finals. He reached the quarters of the 2017 World Darts Championship and is 29.00 to win in Milton Keynes.

2. Sixteenth seed Simon Whitlock faces Van Gerwen in the first round. Whitlock has a W5 D1 L22 record against Van Gerwen and lost 10-0 when they last met in the World Series of Darts Finals. Van Gerwen is 17.00 to win 10-0 again.

1. Raymond van Barneveld was a semi-finalist at the PDC World Championship this month for the third year in a row. The Dutchman lost the 2015 Masters final to Van Gerwen but is 29.00 to win the title this weekend.