Michael van Gerwen - Still the man to beat in 2021?

Michael Van Gerwen Still The Man To Beat In 2021

There is plenty of uncertainty in the world at the moment, but one thing is for sure; Michael van Gerwen is still the player to beat at the 2021 PDC World Championships. Defeated by Peter Wright in the final of the previous edition, bet365 make MVG their 6/4 favourite for the upcoming renewal, scheduled to begin in December 2020 at Alexandra Palace, London.

The three-time World Championship winner has been the dominant force in darts for several years, so it’s no surprise to see him at the head of affairs once more. Online bookmaker bet365 see Gerwyn Price and defending champion Peter Wright as the most likely challengers at this stage. We can assuredly say that punters can make use of almost all bet365 betting codes and claim valuable welcome bonuses and promotions if they decide to support any of the players in the championship. This gives a great chance to try out the features and promotions available, including a range of odds on darts competitions from around the globe.

A Change of Darts for MVG

The Dutchman is still ranked as the number one player in the darting world. However, his form in recent months has struggled to live up to his own extremely high standards. Van Gerwen lost to Jonny Clayton in the first round of February’s Masters tournament. That defeat ended a run of five consecutive titles at the event for Mighty Mike. The 30-year-old pledged to return “better and stronger” following the loss, and he looked back to his best when winning the UK Open in March. That victory netted Van Gerwen a £100,000 cheque for first place, but it was his choice of darts that was the most significant factor.

MVG made the switch from XQ to Winmau earlier in the year. The change has proved a tricky adjustment period with plenty of tinkering with his set up, but the UK Open win in which he averaged 105.4 for the tournament was an emphatic statement. The victory included wins over James Wade, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinal and Gerwyn Price. It was the first title since Van Gerwen made the equipment change and looks unlikely to be the last based on his displays in Minehead. It’s no surprise to see that he remains at the top of the list for the biggest event of the darting season.

Price Expected To Go Well Once More

Price is undoubtedly a contender for the upcoming World Championships according to the bookies. The Welshman is no stranger to competing at the very top of the sporting world. A former professional Rugby Union player, The Iceman, has risen through the ranks since emerging onto the scene in 2014, he’s now ranked at number three in the world. A two-time winner of the PDC Grand Slam event, including a semi-final victory over MVG in the most recent edition, Price looks primed for another good showing.

Peter Wright 2020 PDC World Champion

Snakebite Aiming to Defend His Crown

“Snakebite” Wright continued his strong start to 2020 by adding a Masters and Players Championship to his maiden World Championship success. The 7-3 victory over MVG in London earlier in the year will have been a welcome relief for Wright. While he’d been playing at an excellent level for several years, his UK Open title in 2017 was his only major PDC event victory until that point.

In fact, Wright had developed something of a habit of falling at the final hurdle. Before being crowned World Champion at Ally Pally, he’d lost seven straight PDC major event finals in a row with five of those coming at the hands of Van Gerwen. A success-laden start to the year certainly bodes well for his title defence. The 50-year-old Scot is currently practising with former World Youth Championship winner Dimitri van den Bergh in Suffolk.

Everyone else in the field is at least a double-figure price, including former champions Gary Anderson and Rob Cross.