It is that time of year again when the Christmas songs are playing and the shops are full of decorations. Well for the sports mad among us this time is also that one time of the year when Darts takes over. The PDC World Darts Championships starts on the 14th of December and is as Christmassy nowadays than Jesus and Santa’s creepy property trespassing combined. Fans will be tuned in to the tournament on Sky Sports as well as filling the Ally Pally on tables.
All eyes will be on Michael Va Gerwen who has taken the torch passed on by Phil Taylor and cemented his position the worlds best darts player. He will be going for his third World Championship. You could use a free bet if you sign up with a new bookmaker on him to boost a small odds stake. Currently the Dutchman is 4/6 with Paddy Power to win.
While we will be witnessing Van Gerwen coming of age this tournament is also poignant as it will be the final World Championship where Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will grace the oche. It is truly an end to a long and dominant era by the man from Stoke. While Van Gerwen is definitely the best in the world right now he still has plenty to do to get near Taylor and the greatest ever.
Taylor is sixth seed for the tournament and if he does somehow win will surely have made an insurmountable number of world championships with 17. Now does seem to be the right time to leave. He has been overtaken not just by Van Gerwen but also Gary Anderson and more. Taylor’s form is not the same as it once was, and his inconsistency seems to be combined with a tetchiness that is probably understandable when he is used to winning so much. At 10/1 with William Hill to win it is unlikely that the Power will do it one last time but for sentimental reasons, we are almost tempted to give it a punt. Perhaps it will be a Christmas Miracle.
Gary Anderson seems to be stuck under Van Gerwen’s shadow but still managed to win the World title in 2015 and2016. The Scotsman is capable of beating anyone on his day and when he is at his brilliant best he is always the top average scorer.
Anderson is not the second favourite with bookmakers though. That honour goes to Peter Wright whose form in 2017 including 11 titles makes him the most dangerous man to Gerwen. Phil Taylor’s great understudy Adrien Lewis has good odds of 33/1 and while his form might not be right coming into the tournament he is an emotional player and playing off what he will go through during the tournament might be the motivation he needs. And it will pick up a good pay packet for you too!
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