Its day 1 of the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts in Germany which is considered to be one of the PDC’s most prestigious trophies.
To win a PDC trophy in your home nation colours is a feeling of immense pride and darting delight. The 4-day tournament is held in the German city of Frankfurt this year and after some key shifts and adjustments to the PDC Order of Merit, there have been some big selection choices for certain countries
The reigning Champions, England, have introduced World Cup of Dart debutant, Dave Chisnall, in place of Phil Taylor. Adrian Lewis remains in the England shirt and will look to continue England’s dominance of this tournament; having won four World Cups in five years. Will England continue to dominate the World Cup without ‘The Power’?
Brazil will make their World Cup of Darts debut on June 2nd, a moment to remember for Alexandre Sattin and Diogo Portela. In this rather remarkable story, Portela moved to the UK leaving his home in Rio De Janiero to pursue darts full-time.
His breakout into the PDC Circuit in 2017 meant he could organise the qualifying process for his partner at the World Cup; so along came Sattin, a forensics expert for the Federal Police. Brazil will face Switzerland in their first ever World Cup match, can they write their names into Brazilian sporting history?
Holland (Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld), are the favourites to lift the World Cup. ‘MvG’ continues to showcase his class on the darts board time and again and is the catalyst for the Dutch side. ‘RvB’ has had a slightly disappointing campaign in the Premier League this year, as his inconsistent form continues to insinuate his best days may be behind him. However, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Can they get revenge after losing last year to England in the final?
Scotland (Gary Anderson, Peter Wright) are the current top seed in the World rankings. Both Scotsman were in the finals night for the 2017 Betway Premier League. Wright was agonisingly close to his greatest darting achievement, however missed six darts at doubles to win the final and MvG spoilt the party with an impressive comeback. However, Wright has still been red-hot this year. Will Scotland see off all opposition in their way?
In my opinion, the two ‘darkhorses’ for the tournament are two of the home nations; Wales and Northern Ireland. Both countries have darts players on top form in 2017. For Wales, Gerwyn Price, has shown vast improvements in all aspects of his play. His treble hitting, checkout percentages and confidence against the very best has been admirable. Can him and his team-mate, Mark Webster, make it to the final? I wouldn’t want to write them off.
Northern Ireland have a different man in red hot form in Daryl Gurney. The 31-year old is being tipped as the next best thing on the PDC circuit by esteemed darting individuals, and his performances are backing the pundits. His partner, Brendan Dolan, is not in best of form however if Gurney can hit the ground running then Northern Ireland could go very far in this tournament.