PDC World Championships – On Thursday 14th December, the ‘Ally Pally’ will open its doors and the seasons biggest tournament will kick off.
The PDC’s best players will all be confident they can end their 2017 on a high; with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor hoping to end his whole career on a high after announcing his retirement after his World Championship campaign.
Here are some of the outright odds that SkyBet are offering for the PDC World Championships:
Michael Van Gerwen – 8/11
The bookmakers clear favourite is ‘MVG’, very unsurprisingly. The Dutch darting dynamo is everyone’s favourite to sweep the competition just as he did last season in an enthralling 11-7 victory over Gary Anderson in the final. Van Gerwen heads into the competition in fine form, having won four consecutive televised finals; the most recent being the Players Championships in Minehead on 26th November.
His robot-esc accuracy entwined with his throwing pace can sometimes feel like it’s unfair on his opponents. He is sure to be pumped up for the tournament, as he will want to ruin Phil Taylor’s retirement party.
Previous World Championship titles (2) – (2014, 2017)
Gary Anderson – 7/1
Betting W/O Gerwen – 9/4
The Scotsman hasn’t enjoyed his finest calendar year, with his last tournament title coming back in June at the Players Championship in Wigan. Whilst he has been progressing far in many tournaments, lifting the trophy has often seemed just one step too far for Anderson. He will be hoping to bounce back from his agonising 16-15 loss to Peter Wright in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam last month.
He always seems to fair well in recent years at this tournament, maybe it’s that Ally Pally crowd.
Previous World Championship titles (2) – (2015, 2016)
Peter Wright – 12/1
Betting W/O Gerwen – 4/1
Peter Wright seemed to capture the hearts of every darting fan back in the 2017 Premier League finals at the O2 arena. The pressure became too much for the Scotsman as he was one dart away from beating ‘MVG’ in the final however missed six darts at double and seemed to curl into a ball of despair. Since then, the Scotsman didn’t let it ruin his year as he continued to impress on the PDC circuit and most recently just lost out in the Grand Slam final 16-12 to guess who?…
The world ranked number two has suffered a tough couple of weeks, however, as he was rushed to hospital only a matter of weeks ago and has had to pull out of all events ahead of this one. Could this see him suffer in form?
Previous World Championship titles (0)
Phil Taylor – 14/1
Betting W/O Gerwen – 11/2
Darts biggest legend will hang up his shirt after this tournament. It is sure to be a sad day for all fans of the sport. To end his career at the tournament and building he has seen so much success in seems to have a ‘written in the stars’ feeling to it. Taylor will have the crowd in the ally pally and at home on his side as he will look to create one of darts greatest moments.
He enters the tournament in decent form, however he seems to have been suffering the same issues as Gary Anderson. His entire year has been building up to this however, he will be mentally and physically ready to face anyone.
Previous World Championship titles (14) – (1995–2002, 2004–06, 2009–10, 2013)
Rob Cross – 16/1
Betting W/O Gerwen – 14/1
Rob Cross has enjoyed a meteoric rise this year, really cementing his place on the PDC circuit as an established player. He began the season relatively unknown; better known to fans as Joe Cullen’s roommate. Both his treble hitting and his percentages on the doubles have made him a nuisance to be drawn against even against the best.
He has recently dispatched of Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis and James Wade in different competitions in November. Currently ranked 20th in the PDC Rankings, Cross must be the one to watch.
Previous World Championship titles (0)
Additional Player Odds – Tournament Winner
- Adrian Lewis – 33/1
- Daryl Gurney – 40/1
- Mensur Suljovic – 50/1
- Raymond van Barneveld – 66/1
- Dave Chisnall – 125/1
- Simon Whitlock – 125/1
- James Wade – 150/1
- Kim Huybrechts – 200/1
- Jelle Klassen – 250/1
- Joe Cullen – 300/1
- Skybet Price Boost – van Gerwen, Cross, Wright & Anderson all to win their Quarters – 10/1
- Skybet RequestAbet – Any English player to win the Tournament – 7/2
- Skybet RequestAbet – van Gerwen to win the Tournament & score most 180’s in each of his matches – 8/1
- Skybet RequestAbet – Phil Taylor to win Outright, Rob Cross Most 180s in Tournament & MVG Highest Checkout in Event – 200/1