The festive season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to dust off your Where’s Wally? outfit and head to Alexandra Palace for the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship.
The action gets under way on December 13th and the market leader is Michael Van Gerwen, although he is not the odds-on favourite he was last year.
The Dutch star was no bigger than 8/11 for the title 12 months ago, but he was surprisingly beaten by newcomer Rob Cross in the semi-finals. Cross went on to capture his first world title with a 7-2 victory over the retiring Phil Taylor in a memorable final.
Van Gerwen began 2018 with a clutch of tournament victories, but things haven’t been going quite so well in recent months. He failed to win any of November’s three premier events, with the titles going to James Wade, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney.
Gary Anderson, the 2015 and 2016 world champion, is second in the betting at 7/2* with Paddy Power, Peter Wright is at 11/1* with Betfred and defending champion Cross is a 22/1* chance with Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred. Cross has won only two events since lifting the trophy last January.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|