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2018 UK Open Odds

Who wins the UK Open 2018?

Odd unit: EU | UK | US
Gary Anderson1.401.40
Corey Cadby3.003.00

The 2018 Coral UK Open will take place at the Butlins Resort Minehead between the 3rd and 5th March.

This is a tournament sanctioned by the Professional Darts Corporation and is a special tournament for players around the United Kingdom.  Qualifiers take place throughout the country and this allows darts players who rarely get the opportunity to play in a big event to qualify and see their name up alongside the greats of the game.

There will be a total of 32 amateur players participating at the 2018 UK Open and they have each come through qualifying events organise by Rileys.  There are six UK Open qualifiers for the professional players and 96 players go through to make the total number of players 128 at the final event.

The format of the matches is best of 11 legs until the third round, best of 19 legs until the semi-final and best of 21 legs up to and including the final.

The defending champion is Peter Wright, who defeated Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the final a year ago.  Despite tasting defeat, the tournament was a great springboard for Price who has done well and secured a place in the Premier League.

Wright did not have the best of times at the World Championship and struggled with injury but has been approaching his best again in the Premier League, defeating Michael van Gerwen and could make the latter stages of the tournament. 

Price reached the third round of the World Championship before losing to Michael van Gerwen and has found life tough in the Premier League.  The Welshman has great battling qualities and if at his best could reach the quarter-final stage of the 2018 UK Open.

As with any tournament in the PDC, one person will start as the bookmakers’ favourite and that man is Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutchman has won this tournament twice in his career with back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 but was forced to withdraw last year, so will consider himself as the defending champion again in 2018.  To put it simply, if the world number one turns up and throws his best darts, he is extremely difficult to beat and it would be a surprise not to see him in the final.

Current world champion, Rob Cross, has not had the best of times since winning the World Championship and was eliminated from the Darts Masters at the quarter-final stage.  The Englishman has also lost a couple of matches in the Premier League but is sure to return to his best as he comes to terms with being the man everyone wants to beat.

This could be the tournament which sees Cross get back to his best and he could make the final if his form is good.

Looking at potential outsiders and Simon Whitlock has been going very well in the Premier League this season, yet remains unfancied by the bookmakers for this tournament.  If the Australian can bring his Premier League form to Minehead, he has every chance of winning.