The Nordic Masters
It is a welcome return to the World Series of Darts, and the Nordic Masters will be one to savour.
The World Series showcases dart events culminating in a series final at the end of the year. Some of the best PDC players compete against the host nations best. This event will also feature Fallon Sherrock, who famously became the first female player to win a match on the PDC World Stage in 2020. Fallon backed this up with a second win on the World Stage, beating the then number eight seed Mensur Suljović. Fallon received international fame and was destined to feature in several PDC World Series events, including one held in the USA. However, covid put a stop to virtually all international sports, including darts.
Fallon players in mixed events regularly and is no stranger to beating her male counterparts, which is no surprise to the millions of dart fans that follow the sport closely. For Niels Heinsøe, who will face Fallon in her first-round match, the added pressure might be too much as the crowd famously supports Fallon in her quest to become one of the world's best female players.
Fallon isn't a spectacle, she is a first-class dart player, and gender shouldn't play any part in this competition. As for her odds, it is best to look for the best betting promotions that you can find online as she has already made many punters winners.
The Nordic Masters will be shown live on ITV4 / ITV Sport in the UK and various other channels worldwide from the 17-18th of September. As for the host nation Denmark, Darius Labanauskas and Daniel Larsson are likely to be two that might pressure the PDC elite the most. However, they both have tough first-round draws, as shown below.
Daniel Larsson will face the current PDC World Darts Champion Gerwyn Price, while Darius Labanauskas will play Mighty Mike, Michael van Gerwen.
First Round Draw
While the World Series events don't contribute to the players ranking, it is a chance for darts to be showcased as a high-end sport across the nations it visits. The best players, the ones that progress the most, also receive an invitation to the World Series Finals 29-31 October, at the AFAS Live Arena, Amsterdam. Seeds shown in (brackets).
|(1) Gerwyn Price||v||Daniel Larsson|
|(2) Peter Wright||v||Marko Kantele|
|(3)Michael van Gerwen||v||Darius Labanauskas|
|(4)Dimitri Van den Bergh||v||Johan Engström|
|Fallon Sherrock||v||Niels Heinsøe|
|Gary Anderson||v||Andreas Toft Jørgensen|
|Jonny Clayton||v||Ivan Springborg Poulsen|
|Nathan Aspinall||v||Madars Razma|
Gerwyn Price is the player on form and will be a hard player to beat. The short format may favour his opponents, so should you wish to bet against Gerwyn, the early rounds may be the best to have a small wager.
Peter' Snakebite' Wright can be full of venom if he brings the right darts to the tournament. Peter changes his dart barrels, stems and flights more often than any other player; it is good that he has a good dart sponsor to support him! This can be a little frustrating as you never know how Peter will play! Always good, but sometimes he can play out of his skin!
Dimitri van den Bergh
Dimitri van den Bergh is undoubtedly the new kid on the block and is seeded accordingly. The Dancing Dutchman can cut the moves on the stage and beat the best when it matters. He could be the man at the end of the tournament picking up the trophy.
Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen has won most of the PDC events in his young career. However, his top form has not materialised recently. The Nordic Masters might be the springboard he needs to reassert himself once more.
Fallon Sherrock isn't seeded, but I expect a lot of bets will be placed upon her to win her first-round match, and it may not be a bad bet. There will be a lot of interest in the young lady as her career in the sport moves forward.
The tournament will be shown live on Viaplay, worldwide through the PDC's broadcast partners, including ITV4, DAZN and RTL7, through PDCTV for the Rest of the World