Unibet Champions League Of Darts: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Michael van Gerwen is 1.73 favourite to win the inaugural Unibet Champions League of Darts. Van Gerwen heads to Cardiff having won three tournaments on the bounce.

9. Fourteen-time world champion Phil Taylor has not won a tournament since the Sydney Masters a month ago. The Englishman has won two other tournaments since reaching the UK Open semi-finals in March and is 6.50 to win the Champions League.

8. Second-seed Gary Anderson is also slightly out of winning form, having not claimed a tournament since the PDA Players Championship 12 in Barnsley in early August. The Scot is 6.00 to win.

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7. Anderson is seeded top of Group B and boasts a winning record against his pool competitors Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Michael Smith. He is 2.10 to top Group B.

6. Adrian Lewis reached the semi-final of July’s World Matchplay but possesses losing records against all three of his Group B opponents. Lewis is 17.00 to win the tournament.

5. Lewis was the last player to achieve a televised nine-dart finish. It came during a Premier League Darts clash with James Wade back in April. A price of 2.45 is available on another nine-darter this tournament.

4. Phil Taylor has won 73.91% of his matches against Saturday’s first opponent Peter Wright. Taylor is 1.40 to win their match.

3. Wright did, however, make the final at this month’s European Darts Grand Prix, where he lost 6-2 to the in-form Van Gerwen. Wright is 8.00 to win Group A.

2. Robert Thornton is the lowest-seeded player in the Champions League. He holds a combined W16 L45 record against his three opponents in Group A. Thornton is 1.07 to lose his first match to Van Gerwen.

1. Between them, Lewis and Anderson hold six of the eight most number of 180s ever scored in a World Championship match (Lewis x3, Anderson x3). Group B is 2.10 to score the most 180s over the tournament.