PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips & Preview
The PDC World Darts Championship gets underway on 13th December at the fantastic London venue of Alexandra Palace as Rob Cross looks to defend the title he won in stunning fashion 12 months ago. “Voltage” saw off Phil Taylor in the legendary 16-time World Champions’ final ever professional match in what was surprisingly a one-sided contest. Who will come out on top this time around though?
Check out the 21.co.uk darts tips for the tournament.
PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips
Michael Smith was, of course, the winner of the Shanghai Masters back in July, a tournament that was sponsored by 21.co.uk. He showed in that event that he certainly has the talent to beat the best players in the world on any given day. In Shanghai, he defeated world number 1 Michael van Gerwen 8-4 in the semi-final and defending World Darts Champion Rob Cross 8-2 in the final.
The main portion of our darts betting tips is predicting Michael Smith to go all the way and claim the World Darts Championship title. The 28-year old is certainly good enough and if he can find the mental determination needed to get over the line then the sky is the limit.
Smith is also in a very open section of the draw, where it looks like any one of the players could progress to the semi-final. Other top players in the 3rd quarter include the reigning World Darts Champion Rob Cross, as well as Mensur Suljovic and Jonny Clayton. We believe that Smith has the game to beat all of these though and fancy him to come through the semi-final too, as his half of the draw does not include either Michael van Gerwen or Gary Anderson.
Smith is available to back at darts betting odds of 13/1* to win the World Darts Championship on the 21.co.uk online sportsbook.
When asked about who the two most naturally talented darts players in the world are, the majority of fans would name Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith. With so much competition on the tour now, natural talent has to be combined with hard work though and these two certainly put the hours in on the training board.
MVG should come through the early rounds unscathed and we then expect his quality and class to shine through on route to yet another final. As mentioned earlier, Smith has a great chance of progressing through and once he gets a few wins his confidence will be at an all-time high.
A Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith final is at odds of 19/2* here at 21.co.uk.
As well as Michael Smith, there are a number of other English players with a good pedigree that could be in with a shout. Therefore, we believe betting odds of 6/1* provide good value for the potential of an English champion once again. In the 25 PDC World Darts Championship tournaments so far, an Englishman has won on 18 occasions with the majority coming from Phil Taylor.
This, of course, includes the defending champion Rob Cross, with the Hastings thrower claiming a monumental victory 12 months ago. “Voltage” has been well out of form since and has had a poor 2018 overall but can still beat anyone on his day. Adrian Lewis is another former World Champ who is starting to make a bit of a resurgence after dropping off the pace.
James Wade recently won back to back TV tournaments in the form of the World Series of Darts and the European Championship playing some of the best darts of his career, while Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Darren Webster can never be fully ruled out.
If you fancy an Englishman to win the title once again, you can get odds of 6/1* here at 21.co.uk.
|Outright Winner||Michael Smith||13/1*|
|Finalists||Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith||19/2*|
2019 PDC World Darts Championship Preview
96 players will make their way to “Ally Pally” for the biggest event in the PDC calendar, which makes for a historic field. It is an increase of 24 on the number of players that took part in last years tournament, which was a field of 72. The top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit will have a slight advantage as they will enter the tournament at the second round stage, while all other players begin in round one.
The other 64 participants are made up of the top 32 in the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit as well as 32 qualifiers from all around the globe. This includes 2 female qualifiers, Lisa Ashton from the UK and Anastasia Dobromyslova from Russia, making this a historic year for the PDC.
Another historic aspect of this tournament is that this will be the first PDC World Darts Championship without Phil Taylor after his retirement at the end of last years tournament. The event will last from its beginning on December 13 through to January 1 and every match will be live on Sky Sports.
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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