The BetVictor World Cup Of Darts 2019 – Netherlands Preview

THE FACTS

When is the BetVictor World Cup of Darts 2019? June 6th - 9th, 2019

Where is the BetVictor World Cup of Darts 2019? Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg

What television channel is the BetVictor World Cup of Darts 2019 on in the UK? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream the BetVictor World Cup of Darts 2019 in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the event via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the BetVictor World Cup of Darts 2019? https://www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets/

We've analysed each of the eight seeds at this year's BetVictor World Cup Of Darts and assessed their chances of success at the team event. Here we look at #4 seeds Netherlands:

  • The Netherlands are aiming to win the World Cup for the third consecutive year and a fifth time overall. They were the winners of the inaugural tournament in 2010 when Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé paired up to great effect.
  • The Dutch team have reached at least the semi-finals in seven of the previous eight World Cup tournaments – the only exception was when Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen crashed out to Finland in the last 16 in 2013.
  • Michael van Gerwen will be playing with a new partner for the first time in his World Cup career. The world number one has partnered Raymond van Barneveld in each of the last six years but with Barney slipping down the rankings, his place is taken by Jermaine Wattimena.

THE VERDICT

It’s the start of a new era for the Dutch team with the successful pairing of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld broken up due to Barney’s slide down the rankings as his career comes to a close. With Van Gerwen leading the team, they still have to be considered as strong contenders for the tournament, such is MVG’s ability, but it is tough to know how quickly Jermaine Wattimena will settle into the World Cup format and the debutant is sure to feel extra pressure in stepping into Van Barneveld’s shoes. The Dutch duo face a very tough opening game against a dangerous Spanish team who are capable of producing an upset, so don’t rule out Van Gerwen and Wattimena exiting the tournament in round one.

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