MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is the odds-on favourite to win the 2017 Unibet Champions League of Darts in Cardiff this coming weekend.

The Dutchman was the runner-up in the inaugural Champions League of Darts 12 months ago, and having since won his second World Championship title travels to the Motorpoint Arena in fine form.

Van Gerwen has won both European Tour events held in the past fortnight to mark his return from a month's break in August - when wife Daphne gave birth to their daughter Zoe - with a ten-game unbeaten run.

Sponsors Unibet make Van Gerwen an odds-on favourite on three fronts going into the BBC-televised event:
41/50 to claim the £100,000 title on Sunday night
1/6 to defeat Raymond van Barneveld in Saturday afternoon's opening group matches
11/20 to win Group A

Reigning Champions League winner Phil Taylor is 6/1 to retain the title this coming weekend and 11/4 to win Group A, with rivals Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld both 17/2 to dominate the group stage.

World number two Gary Anderson is the 9/2 second favourite to win the tournament, and 6/5 to claim victory in Group B ahead of Peter Wright (13/8), Dave Chisnall (5/1) and Mensur Suljovic (17/2).

Unibet Champions League of Darts
Outright Winner

41/50 Michael van Gerwen
9/2 Gary Anderson
6/1 Phil Taylor
13/2 Peter Wright
25/1 Adrian Lewis
28/1 Dave Chisnall
33/1 Raymond van Barneveld
40/1 Mensur Suljovic

Group A Winner
11/20 Michael van Gerwen
11/4 Phil Taylor
17/2 Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld

Group B Winner
6/5 Gary Anderson
13/8 Peter Wright
5/1 Dave Chisnall
17/2 Mensur Suljovic

Match Odds
Saturday September 16
Opening Group Matches

12/25 Peter Wright
17/10 Dave Chisnall

1/5 Gary Anderson
18/5 Mensur Suljovic

4/11 Phil Taylor
21/10 Adrian Lewis

1/6 Michael van Gerwen
4/1 Raymond van Barneveld

Odds courtesy www.unibet.co.uk and correct at time of writing. Subject to fluctuation. Please gamble responsibly.