World Championship Darts 2019/20 Preview
The one question on the minds of everyone in the Darts betting community is; “can anyone stop Michael van Gerwen from winning back to back PDC World Championships for the first time in his career?” With a £2,500,000 prize pot available for the winner, we thought it best to take a small step back from our online casino and preview one of the biggest competitions in Darts. On his route to the final last year, van Gerwen was unstoppable, averaging 101+ in every single game and never losing more than one set from the second round all the way through to the final, where he beat a valiant Michael Smith 7-3.
The Two Favourites
Here we will take a look at Michael van Gerwen and his biggest threat to the trophy. We’ll also provide you with some [betting] odds in case some of the lower odds have caught your eye, but first, let’s start with a regular in all Darts betting tips - Michael van Gerwen.
Michael van Gerwen - 6/5
To get an understanding of exactly how good Michael van Gerwen has been this year, if he wins this tournament it will be his 16th trophy of the season. As previously mentioned, MVG steamrolled the Players Championship in November and was defeated by a game against Gerwyn Price in the Semi-Final. However, Price was eliminated by van Gerwen in both the World Series of Darts and the Champions League of Darts less than a month before that match and lost out to the Dutchman in the final of the Players Championship last time out.
Gerwyn Price - 9/2
Price is definitely the most likely person to threaten MVG’s title and has five tournament wins this season, including the Grand Slam of Darts last month. He also made the finals of the Players Championship but lost out to MVG.
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As we can see, both players are prone to defeats against major underdogs, although Michael van Gerwen being beaten is always a shock. Price’s one victory over MVG came in his Grand Slam win in November. Before that, Price was 0-19 across all competitions against the Dutchman, meaning if they face off, Price might have the confidence to cause an upset.
Who Has Gotten the Better of MVG?
When it comes down to Darts, every player has someone they struggle against, even the greatest of all time, Phil Taylor, had Peter Evison as his kryptonite. Evison was the only person Taylor played five or more times and didn’t have a positive record against. Now, MVG has had a much smaller career to date, but there are a few players that MVG hasn’t got a positive track record against.
1. Aaron Monk
MVG got the better of Monk in their last encounter, but would you believe that Monk defeated the Dutchman in five of their first six meetings? Monk beat MVG in the final of the Youth World Championship and was a constant thorn in the side of van Gerwen in the PDPA. Their last two matches have been in the UK Open where MVG has won 6-1 and 6-2, so out of our three players, Monk may be the least likely to beat MVG.
2. Nathan Aspinall
The 28-year old has had a very good year, winning his first major in the UK Open and was the first player to make his World Matchplay debut as a seeded player since Simon Whitlock in 2010. Aspinall has played MVG three times this year and beaten him twice; once in the PDC Gibraltar Trophy and once in the PDPA Players Championship in Wigan. Aspinall will have to make it out of his quarter if he wants to beat MVG, which means he’ll have to make it past Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and Krzysztof Ratajski.
3. Glen Durrant
There is only one man that Michael van Gerwen has faced in the last five years and not beaten and that man is Glen Durrant. Durrant faced MVG in the PDPA Players Championship Semi-Final and in the last sixteen of the World Matchplay. We would argue that Durrant has the hardest route to the final out of these players with Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Sulijovic and Chris Dobey in his way.
Schedule/Ties to Look Out For
Friday December 13 (1900 GMT)
Michael van Gerwen vs *Jelle Klaasen/Kevin Burness (Second Round) - Evening Session
*Opponent will be determined in the first match of the programme
Saturday December 14
Raymond van Barneveld v Darin Young (First Round) - Evening Session
Rob Cross vs *Kim Huybrechts/Geert Nentjes (Second Round) - Evening Session
*First round match between Huybrechts and Nentjes on Friday 13th December. Rob Cross vs Kim Huybrechts could be the first major contest of the competition, but Cross has never been beaten by Huybrechts.
Sunday December 15
Michael Smith vs *Woodhouse/Lim (Second Round) - Evening Session
*Luke Woodhouse vs Paul Lim will take place in the first round on Saturday 14th December during the afternoon session.
Monday December 16
Gary Anderson vs *Dolan/Kumar (Second Round) - Evening Session
*Brendan Dolan takes on Nitin Kumar on Sunday 15th, during the afternoon session. If Dolan defeats Kumar, Anderson vs Dolan could be the second high profile match of the tournament.
Tuesday December 17
Jeffrey de Zwaan vs van Barneveld/Young (Second Round) - Evening Session
If van Barneveld defeats Young, we could well see a passing of the torch moment as the young 23-year old Jeffrey de Zwaan is capable of picking up an upset win against Barney. Although we want Barney to go as far as he can, this could be a real ‘feel good moment’.
Wednesday December 18
Stephen Bunting v *Monk/Justicia (Second Round) - Afternoon Session
*Arron Monk and Jose Justicia will go head to head on Sunday in the first match of the evening session to see who takes on “The Bullet”.
Gabriel Clemens v Benito van de Pas (First Round) - Evening Session
Both Clemens and van de Pas have the potential to cause a couple of shocks in this tournament. These are two longshots in regards to online betting but we believe they’re two to keep an eye on.
James Wade v Edhouse/Koltsov (Second Round)
James Wade enters the competition in the second round, after poor performances in recent years. Wade will look at 2019 as a year to put those failures to bed.
Thursday December 19
Dave Chisnall v van der Voort/Barry (Second Round)
If Vincent van der Voort gets past Keane Barry, then his match against Dave Chisnall will certainly be an interesting one, as they are once again two outsiders who could cause problems for the big guns.
Gerwyn Price v *O’Connor/Kantele (Second Round)
The always controversial Gerwyn Price enters a competition where he has never gotten beyond the third round. He will take on one of two underdogs.
Friday December 20
Peter Wright v Rodriguez/Malicdem (Second Round) - Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Peter Wright enters the tournament in the second round, where he has been defeated in both 2017 and 2018.
Saturday December 21
Adrian Lewis v Reyes/Ilagan (Second Round) - Afternoon Session
Adrian Lewis enters the competition in the second round, where he will be looking to replicate his successes of 2011 and 2012 when he won the trophy.
Potential Match-Ups to Look Out For in the Third Round
Monday December 23
Dave Chisnall COULD face Raymond van Barneveld in Round Three. This would likely be the first major challenge van Barneveld faces in his final tournament.
Friday December 27
Mensur Suljovic COULD face Chris Dobey in Round Three in a battle between the outsiders. Dobey is unbeaten against Suljovic in their last two meetings.
Gerwyn Price COULD take on John Henderson. Henderson could easily upset Gerwyn Price, especially if Price gets in his own head.
Schedule For Undecided Fixtures
Fourth Round - Saturday December 28. Quarter-Finals - Sunday, December 29. Semi-Finals - Monday December 30. Final - Wednesday, January 1.
Our Darts Betting Predictions
In the 1st Quarter it's hard to look past Michael van Gerwen, but the likes of James Wade and Ian White could provide tough competition for the Dutchman. We also believe that Jonny Clayton could be a fairly good shout at odds of 25/1, as he has beaten White and Wade three times this year and MVG once, but if we’re honest, we can’t see beyond Michael van Gerwen.
In the 2nd Quarter there could be a number of winners - Michael Smith is the bookies’ favourite at 5/2, but with the likes of Gary Anderson, Aspinall, Ratajski and Adrian Lewis all in the same quarter, Smith is guaranteed to have a tough time when it comes to making the finals. Gary Anderson has had a fairly mediocre year so we think 3/1 probably aren’t the greatest odds here. We have to back the Nathan Aspinall bet of 9/2 that we put up earlier, but don’t hesitate in looking at Krzysztof Ratajski at 9/1.
In the 3rd Quarter there are some big names in Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall. However, the likes of Jeffrey de Zwaan, Joe Cullen, Keegan Brown and Jermaine Wattimena are all capable of causing shocks. In this case, it means that a touch of inconsistency could be the difference, which is why we’re going to go for Dave Chisnall, who we think will be the most consistent in the early rounds before being eliminated in the finals for the 13th time this year.
Meanwhile, we have already mentioned the winning potential of a lot of players in the 4th Quarter. The main factor is that Gerwyn Price is hitting form at the right time and this could be a major factor here. Durrant, Gurney, Suljovic and Dobey all have the potential to knock the Welshman off his perch, but admittedly, Price is the favourite for a very good reason.
If you look at the final four as Michael van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall, Dave Chisnall and Gerwyn Price, you would expect a final of Gerwen vs Gerwyn but our expert is going for an alternative route. He thinks that MVG will fall short and this man will win the entire tournament.
2019 World Darts Championship Prize Fund
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*All odds from 21.co.uk’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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