The PDC Darts World Championship is the greatest event in the sport, with the best players in the world competing at Alexandra Palace for a share of the huge £1.25m prize fund.
This year’s championship could be better than ever as Phil “The Power” Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, in-form Gary Anderson and 2011 and 2012 champion Adrian Lewis all look to have a real chance of victory, whilst reigning BDO champ Stephen Bunting is looking to make history by becoming the first man to simultaneously hold both titles. It should be a thrilling contest over the next few weeks, and with six players priced at odds of 16/1 or lower, it looks a lot more unpredictable than in recent years.
The big guns tend to raise their games at Ally Pally and so most, if not all, eyes will be on the best two players in the world, world number one Van Gerwen and 16-time world champion Taylor. However, the Dutchman has not been in the best of form recently and whilst many are sure to feel that is a mere blip, he definitely has to find some serious improvement if he’s to go all the way in this one. That said, he has a much easier draw than his main rival and that should enable him to ease his way gently into the tournament before building up to his best darts.
Beyond those two many are sure to fancy Anderson after he produced some sensational darts at the Players Championship Finals, beating Taylor in the quarters before taking out Lewis in the final, averaging almost 105 throughout the event. That was Anderson’s fourth big title and his confidence is sure to be high, making him a dangerous opponent here.
Whoever you fancy to win overall, if you are planning to bet on any individual matches, Betfair could have a helpful offer. If you place a losing pre-match correct score bet using their sportsbook product you could be in line for a refund of TWICE the amount of your losing stake.
If your correct score bet goes down but the match is ended with a 100+ checkout, you’ll get twice your stake (maximum eligible stake is £25) back as a free bet. The free bet will be added within 12 hours, is valid for seven days and is stake not returned.
This insurance policy on correct score punts gives a little extra confidence because of the difficulty of landing a correct score “punt” (which is probably the right word) as there’s always the chance you’ll get your stake back twice over.
Probably the best option for this is to plump for one of the big guns to win to nil in the early rounds. Not only is that a sound bet, but the best players are the ones with the verve and flair to end matches with a big checkout, making this a sensible bet from both angles.