MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is the Evens favourite to win a third successive title at the Unibet European Championship going into this weekend's tournament in Hasselt, Belgium.

World number one van Gerwen has lifted the European Championship title for the past two years, landing a nine-dart finish on his way to glory in 2014 before enjoying a famous comeback win in last year's final against Gary Anderson.

The Dutch star will meet Simon Whitlock in Friday's first round as he opens his challenge to complete a European Championship hat-trick, and is the Evens pre-tournament favourite with sponsors Unibet.

Phil Taylor is the 4/1 second favourite, with World Champion Anderson 7/1, in-form Dave Chisnall 16/1 and world number five Peter Wright 20/1.

Austria's Mensur Suljovic and world number seven James Wade - both European Tour winners this year - are 28/1 chances with Unibet, with Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts 40/1 to claim his first major title on home soil this weekend and Dutchman Jelle Klaasen rated at 50/1.

Unibet's Match Odds for Friday's first round see van Gerwen the 1/8 favourite against 5/1 chance Whitlock, who won the 2012 European Championship.

Four-time European Championship winner Taylor is 1/5 odds-on favourite against Alan Norris (18/5), who won the year's final European Tour event in Germany recently.

Anderson is 1/2 as he takes on Wade (8/5) in a high-profile first round clash, while Wright (3/10) is favoured ahead of opponent Justin Pipe (5/2).

A full range of odds for the Unibet European Championship, including Outright Winner, Match Odds, Quarter Betting and other specials, are available at www.unibet.co.uk.

Odds courtesy www.unibet.co.uk and correct at time of writing. Odds subject to fluctuation.

2016 Unibet European Championship
Outright Winner

Evens Michael van Gerwen
4/1 Phil Taylor
7/1 Gary Anderson
16/1 Dave Chisnall
20/1 Peter Wright
28/1 Mensur Suljovic, James Wade
40/1 Kim Huybrechts
50/1 Jelle Klaasen
66/1 Daryl Gurney
80/1 Stephen Bunting, Alan Norris, Michael Smith, Robert Thornton, Ian White, Simon Whitlock, Benito van de Pas
100/1 Terry Jenkins
125/1 Steve West
150/1 Mervyn King
200/1 Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Joe Cullen, Gerwyn Price, James Wilson
300/1 Chris Dobey, Max Hopp, Devon Petersen, Justin Pipe, Cristo Reyes
500/1 James Richardson, Jermaine Wattimena

First Round Match Odds
Friday Afternoon Session

13/25 Daryl Gurney v 7/5 Gerwyn Price
5/9 Jamie Caven v 7/5 James Richardson
8/5 Chris Dobey v 1/2 Joe Cullen
8/11 Ian White v 11/10 Terry Jenkins
7/5 Cristo Reyes v 5/9 Robert Thornton
5/9 Mervyn King v 7/5 Devon Petersen
Evens Michael Smith v 4/5 Stephen Bunting
6/4 Max Hopp v 13/25 Benito van de Pas

Friday Evening Session
3/5 Jelle Klaasen v 13/10 Steve West
5/9 Kim Huybrechts v 7/5 James Wilson
2/5 Dave Chisnall v 2/1 Kyle Anderson
27/100 Mensur Suljovic v 14/5 Jermaine Wattimena
3/10 Peter Wright v 5/2 Justin Pipe
18/5 Alan Norris v 1/5 Phil Taylor
1/8 Michael van Gerwen v 5/1 Simon Whitlock
8/5 James Wade v 1/2 Gary Anderson