PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips & Odds
When the lights are on bright, the finest darts players to grace planet earth come out to stake their claim as the greatest. The PDC World Darts Championship trophy is the most coveted prize in the sport and all 96 players involved will be looking to be crowned the best in the world when the final rolls around. The tournament begins at London’s famous venue Alexandra Palace on December 13 and will continue through to the final on New Years Day, January 1.
Rob Cross is the defending champion having defeated the legendary Phil Taylor in what was the last ever professional match for “The Power”. Will Cross be able to retain his crown though? Here are our darts betting tips for the biggest event in the PDC calendar.
Outright PDC World Darts Championship Tips
When it comes to darts betting, it is very rare that Michael van Gerwen goes into a tournament with outright odds as generous as 6/4*. Until very recently, MVG seemed to go into every single event he’d play as an odds-on favourite but not this time. The Dutch phenom has dropped off slightly in terms of performances and tournament wins this year, therefore his World Darts Championship odds have drifted slightly.
With that being the case, here at Bet UK we believe that this provides value for a man that is still the undisputed World number 1. In the PDC Order of Merit, “Mighty Mike” is still over £700,000 ahead of World number 2 Rob Cross in terms of earnings. Just because he is not winning almost every tournament as he was doing in 2017 does not mean he’s not dangerous. Make no mistake, van Gerwen is still the man to beat and it will take a monumental effort to stop him from taking his World title back.
World Darts Championship Betting Tips and Predictions
|Outright Winner||Michael van Gerwen||6/4*|
|To Reach The Final||Mensur Suljovic||8/1*|
|Winning Quarter||1st Quarter||10/11*|
|9 Dart Finish||Yes||5/6*|
|To Win 1st Quarter||Michael van Gerwen||2/5*|
|To Win 2nd Quarter||Daryl Gurney||5/1*|
|To Win 3rd Quarter||Mensur Suljovic||7/2*|
|To Win 4th Quarter||Gerwyn Price||7/2*|
Here are the rest of the selected darts tips for the tournament.
There are some amazing Dutch darts players on the PDC circuit now, with players such as Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen inspiring the new generation. Michael van Gerwen, of course, goes into the tournament as the favourite and rightfully so. As our outright tip, MVG will be looking to take back the World title that was taken away from him in incredible fashion last year at the semi-final stage. Losing to the eventual Champion, in this case Rob Cross, is nothing to be ashamed of but van Gerwen is such a born winner that he will be itching to be called the World Champion once again.
One thing we have learned from following darts over the years is that you can never count out Raymond van Barneveld. He is affectionately known as the doyen of Dutch darts for a reason, as he is the man that really made the sport popular in his homeland. Barney has recently announced that he plans to retire from professional darts after the 2020 World Darts Championship, so the 5-time World Darts Champion will be hoping to start the final year of his career with a bang.
They are not the only dangerous Dutch darting dark horses, as there are plenty of other players in with a shout. Jermaine Wattimena, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Jelle Klaasen, Vincent van der Voort, Ron Meulenkamp and Jan Decker will all believe they can go far in the tournament.
To Reach The Final
Mensur Suljovic has had an interesting year throughout 2018. Most of the year he has been in terrific form, though there have been periods of poor form as has been the case with pretty much every player on the tour. The highlight of the Austrian’s year was the run to the final of the World Matchplay, where he eventually faced an in-form Gary Anderson. “The Gentle” pushed Anderson all the way and was actually unlucky not to win in the end, falling to a 19-21 defeat.
The draw has been kind to Suljovic now though, with the bottom half completely wide open. Peter Wright is the favourite, but he has been fairly out of sorts recently meaning that it really is a phenomenal chance for someone who has never been there before to reach the World Darts Championship final. Suljovic is notoriously hard to play against and no-one in the draw will want to face him. His success and experience on the big stage should bode well.
When the World Darts Championship draw was made in late November, it became very apparent that the Quarter with the most stacked talent was the 1st Quarter. Any section of the draw with Michael van Gerwen in is always going to be a strong one, but there are so many good players that he’ll have to get past on route to the semi-finals.
Former multiple time World Champions Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld are also in this Quarter and could potentially meet each other in what would be a stunning third-round contest. Australian Simon Whitlock has been enjoying a terrific career resurgence throughout late 2017 and the majority of 2018, reaching the final of the 2018 European Championship. The man he lost to in that final, James Wade, is also in this quarter. It is certainly a stacked line up.
9 Dart Finish
The quality of the PDC has been on a rapid upward curve for a number of years now and professional darts is at a higher level than ever before as a result. Therefore, we’re going to predict that a 9 dart finish will be hit at some point throughout the tournament.
A 9 dart finish is known as the holy grail to fans of the sport, and there have been two on TV in 2018. First came from “The Flying Scotsman” Gary Anderson in the World Matchplay back in July. The Blackpool crowd were left in scenes of jubilation after the final Double 12 hit the board in his match against Joe Cullen, as Anderson took home £45,000. The second came in November, as World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh shocked the Grand Slam of Darts attendees by hitting a 9 darter against Stephen Bunting.
With the quality of players on show and the grand stage they’ll be playing on, a 9 darter in the World Championship is very much possible and at darts odds of 5/6* we believe there is some value.
To Win 1st Quarter
There’s not too much more to say about Michael van Gerwen that hasn’t already been said at this point. We think he’s going to win the entire tournament, so it goes without saying that we believe he will be the standout player from his quarter of the draw. A sporting cliche often trotted out is that “iron sharpens iron” and with the quality of opponent MVG will face in the early stages he should be well prepared to take on anyone.
To Win 2nd Quarter
Though Gary Anderson is the favourite to win the 2nd quarter, we quite fancy an upset in the form of Daryl Gurney coming out on top. The Northern Irishman has recently lost his pantomime villain status to Gerwyn Price, who large portions of the crowd love to hate. Gurney faced hostile crowds for a number of months but his reception seems to have changed recently, even getting unanimously cheered as he won the Players Championship Finals against Michael van Gerwen. Gurney also got the better of Anderson recently in a drama-filled clash, as unpleasant words were exchanged on stage at the World Grand Prix.
To Win 3rd Quarter
Though Mensur Suljovic is in the same quarter of the draw as the reigning World Darts Champion Rob Cross, he will not fear “Voltage” due to Cross’ poor form since winning the title. There are some other useful players in the 3rd quarter such as Michael Smith and Jonny Clayton but we believe Mensur is the best-placed player to excel and reach the semi-final stage.
To Win 4th Quarter
As mentioned previously, the fans love to hate Gerwyn Price but it seems like he actually plays better when the masses are against him. Arguably his greatest triumph came when things reached a boiling point in the Grand Slam of Darts final. Gary Anderson was once again involved and it seems like Price’s on stage antics really got under his opponent's skin. Price went on to win the final 16-13 and is in great form heading into the World Championship. The Welshman has shown that he has great bottle, and we believe that could help him come through against top players like Peter Wright.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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