2019 PDC World Championship Darts preview
On 13 December 2018, the 2019 World Darts Championship will begin at Alexandra Palace, with 96 darts players converging on north London to compete in the biggest tournament on the PDC calendar.
Michael van Gerwen is the number one seed and trading as the bet365 market favourite at odds of 2.37, with the Dutchman bidding to win a third world title after previous successes in 2014 and 2017.
MVG is clearly the man to beat at Ally Pally although he has often struggled with the set play format and there have been a few wobbles this season including a first round exit in the World Matchplay.
Gary Anderson has also been a double world champion in recent times, with the Scot having landed titles in 2015 and 2016 after previously being accused of a lack of bottle when it has come to hitting doubles.
Anderson has won the World Matchplay, UK Open and Champions League of Darts already this year, with many likely to enjoy backing him at 4.33 considering his excellent track record.
Perhaps the competition is more open than the odds suggest and Michael Smith has been knocking on the door this year, with Bully Boy tenth in the order of merit and actually reaching the final of the Premier League earlier this year.
Smith is 17.00 to win the World Championship for the first time, while Peter Wright is a 12.00 chance and the Scot has featured in a final, a semi-final and two quarter finals in the previous five years.
It was Rob Cross who demolished Phil Taylor in the final last year and the reigning champion is chalked up at 19.00 for success in this tournament once again, with Voltage admitting that he loves the format.
It’s been a mixed bag for Cross in 2018 and preference is given for Dimitri van den Bergh at 67.00 considering that the Belgian was actually close to beating the eventual world champion last year.
James Wade is another interesting operator, with the Englishman trading at 34.00 and showing this season that he’s still capable of winning.
Wade is the ninth seed and won the European Championship this season, with Raymond van Barneveld priced at 51.00 and Adrian Lewis available at 67.00, with both of these men former champions at Ally Pally.