PDC World Darts Championship Betting

 

PDC World Darts Championship Betting: Value still with MVG?

This Christmas period marks not only a return to the Alexandra Palace for the world’s best darts players but also the first PDC competition played in the UK in front of fans since March.

The festive season wouldn’t be the same without this tournament, and as the Ally Pally gets set to host for the 14th consecutive year, the ban on spectators attending live sports events has been lifted just in time.

While the fans in the venue - albeit not in fancy dress - will be a familiar sight for viewers, another thing that they are used to seeing is Michael van Gerwen installed as the bookies’ favourite.

The Dutchman heads the betting as expected, but his odds are bigger than in previous renewals. Last time around, van Gerwen was as short as 11/8, so the current quotes of 5/2 may appeal.

2020 has been a struggle for Mighty Mike by his own exceptionally high standards, and you could even get 4/1 on him in November before his Players Championship Finals success which was his second televised major win of the year after the UK Open.

Even though van Gerwen hasn’t amassed as many trophies as you might expect from him in a calendar year, the form he showed in Coventry was more like the MVG of old, and he may well be peaking at just the right time.

En route to his sixth Players Championship Finals crown, he averaged 110.01 in a victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode in the quarter-finals, and 104.98 in the final against Mervyn King. In between those performances was an 11-8 triumph over Gerwyn Price - his closest rival at the Ally Pally according to the UK’s best betting sites.

Even though Price is behind the reigning world champion, Peter Wright, in the order of merit, it is the Welshman who is preferred in the tournament winner market at 5/1.

The former rugby player added the World Series of Darts Finals and World Grand Prix to his list of honours in September and October respectively and will have learnt from his maiden semi-finals appearance at the Ally Pally last year when he put in a disappointing display against Wright.

Given that Wright has won the Masters, European Championship, and four Players Championship events since lifting the Sid Waddell trophy on New Year’s Day, it is perhaps a surprise to see him as big as 6/1 with Ladbrokes to retain his crown. By claiming the Ladbrokes new customer offer, you can claim free bets for the PDC World Darts Championship.

The Scot does have a potentially tricky quarter, though, and may have to see off the likes of Gabriel Clemens, Krzysztof Ratajski, and James Wade before a possible semi-final rematch with Price.

If the top four seeds make it through to the semis, then van Gerwen’s opponent would be Michael Smith, who remarkably is still yet to win a PDC major but is the fourth-favourite in the betting at 16/1.

Smith’s trophy cabinet might not be as full as some of the other contenders, but make no mistake, the 30-year-old is in terrific form and that was highlighted by his two back-to-back Players Championship event victories in November.

Jose de Sousa and Dimitri van den Bergh have each had breakthrough years and are deservedly towards the top of the market. De Sousa, an 18/1 shot, won the Grand Slam of Darts last month and 22/1 looks good for van den Bergh whose World Matchplay joy came out of nowhere but was no fluke.

Nathan Aspinall is out to 22/1 having been 10/1 in places a short time ago, while Gary Anderson and Glen Durrant have both drifted to 33/1 after recent struggles.