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European Darts Open: Prediction, Tips and Odds

World No.1 Luke Humphries, five-time winner Michael van Gerwen and defending champion Gerwyn Price are the star names with their eyes on the prize at the European Darts Open this weekend.

The big three are joined by the likes of Michael Smith, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson for the eighth of the 13 events on this year's European Tour.

Luke Littler and Nathan Aspinall are the big-name non-runners but there is a spectacular field with Martin Schindler and a batch of classy Germans hoping to give the home crowd plenty to cheer.

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European Darts Open betting tips and predictions

Ryan Searle each-way - 33/1

A field of 48 stars will be toeing the oche in the European Darts Open at the Ostermann-Arena in Leverkusen, the eighth event of the 2024 European Tour.

The top 16 players, including the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price, will begin in round two on Saturday with the other 32 qualifiers battling it out in round one on Friday for the right to take on a seed.

And just looking at the names of some of the qualifiers - last year's runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode, five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, major winner Dimitri van den Bergh plus Michael Smith and James Wade, who meet in round one - shows the depth of talent heading to Germany this weekend.

Six different players have won the first seven European Tour titles this season and the only player to have won more than one - Luke Littler - is a non-runner.

Don't be surprised to see some big-priced runners go deep, among them Ryan Searle who is enjoying a pretty decent year.

Searle, seeded 10, is definitely in the "softer" top half of the draw with a second-round tie against Marko Kantele or Daryl Gurney to look forward to on Saturday.

Heavy Metal, as Searle is known, threw really well at the previous ET event, the Dutch Darts Championship, popping in a couple of ton-plus averages en route to the quarter-finals. That was his fourth European Tour quarter-final of the year.

He has also won a Players Championship event in 2024 and reached another couple of finals so is clearly consistent and competitive.

Ross Smith each-way - 33/1

The bottom half of the European Darts Open draw is packed with the big names.

The 12 players in the third quarter include Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Martin Schindler and Gabriel Clemens which makes that section desperately hard to call.

In the fourth and final quarter Luke Humphries stands out though Cool Hand has not been at his imperious best for a few weeks now and can be taken on.

Ross Smith is one of those streaky players who has to be considered a threat if his doubles are going because his scoring is beyond question. He's one of the tour's big 180 gatherers and that gives him a massive edge if his doubles are going in.

In the European Tour this year he reached the last eight of the International Darts Open, the last four of the Austrian Darts Open and reached the final of the European Darts Grand Prix, beating Van Gerwen but losing to Anderson in the final.

Damon Heta each-way - 25/1

Another player for the shortlist is Australia's World Cup star Damon Heta, seeded three and in a pretty good section.

A Masters quarter-finalist and UK Open semi-finalist, Heta continues to be a threat.

He picked up the sixth Players Championship win of his career this spring and looks to have a fair draw in Leverkusen.

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