PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips
The New Year is a time for looking forward to the future. Whether it’s committing to getting fit, doubling down on work or spending more time with loved ones, New Year’s resolutions give us a chance to look forward with optimism.
Generally speaking, the PDC World Darts Championship follows suit by crowning its world champion right at the start of the year. However, this year’s tournament is all about saying goodbye as Phil Taylor leaves professional darts.
In many ways, the PDC has been built on the back of Taylor and he’s set records that will never be broken. The Power has won the PDC World Championship an incredible 14 times and would dearly love to sign off with one more win.
With the unprecedented quality of opposition to face, Taylor’s chances of a fairytale ending look slim at best so what are the best bets from the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship?
Van Gerwen to Mount Successful Title Defence
If a bet on Phil Taylor at 12/1 with Betfred represents listening to your heart over your head, a bet on Michael van Gerwen at 8/11 with William Hill represents the sensible option.
Yes, backing a player to win a tournament of this calibre at odds-on is more than a little risky but van Gerwen got the job done at a general 4/6 before last year’s tournament and he’s all set for another successful World Championship.
For a darts player who has been so dominant in recent years, van Gerwen’s record at Alexandra Palace is a little below par. He’s rarely looked as confident at the North London venue at as other big stages and practically fell over the line when winning his first World Championship in 2014.
There are also question marks about the Dutchman’s fitness after struggling with back and ankle problems over the last 12 months.
While those concerns will put some off, we’re happy enough with van Gerwen’s more recent form which saw him win the recent Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals to recommend backing him at 8/11 with William Hill.
Cross and Lewis the Value Options Towards the Top of the Betting
Van Gerwen’s dominance of darts and of the outright betting for the PDC World Darts Championship does mean other world-class options are available at tempting prices.
We’ll come onto the more speculative bets shortly but the two options towards the top of the betting who really catch our eye are Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis.
For Cross, 2017 has been a breakthrough year. He’s been tipped for big things by those in the know for a while but the 27-year-old has only really proved his class on the big stage in the last six months or so.
Cross played some wonderful darts en route to the semi-final of the Players Championship Finals and the final of the European Championship. He’s tempting enough at 16/1 with Betfair outright but given he’s in the same half of the draw as van Gerwen, a better route could be backing Cross to win the second quarter of the draw at 7/4 with Paddy Power.
While Cross has revelled in his form this year, Adrian Lewis has been very disappointed in his own.
The two-time world champion has always struggled with the weight of expectation to become the best player in the world. Therefore, coming into the World Championship slightly under the radar could play into Lewis’ hands and he does look a good each-way option at 33/1 with Boylesports.
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Long Shots Worthy of Small Stakes Support
There are some very big names available at very big odds for this year’s World Championship. While many of them have struggled for their best, the old adage of form being temporary and class being permanent could apply to Simon Whitlock (125/1 with Betway) and James Wade (150/1 with Betfred).
Both men are experienced on the Ally Pally stage and could shock the bookies or provide good trading opportunities in the latter stages of the tournament.
Top Betting Offers
Michael van Gerwen to win at 8/11 with William Hill
Rob Cross to win the second quarter at 7/4 with Paddy Power
Adrian Lewis each-way at 33/1 with Boylesports
Simon Whitlock to win at 125/1 with Betway
James Wade to win at 150/1 with Betfred