The PDC World Darts Championship starts on Friday at Ally Pally and we take you through the odds of some of the leading contenders to take home the crown early in the New Year…
Number three on the PDC Order of Merit Luke Humphries comes in as the 3/1 favourite and had you said that just a few months ago, people would have probably wondered why Michael van Gerwen wasn’t the front-runner.
The 28-year-old from Newbury has seen his star shine awfully bright recently, having won three of the past four ranking events. He beat Gerwyn Price in the World Grand Prix. Rob Cross was his victim in the Grand Slam of Darts and at the Players Championship just last month, it was the aforementioned van Gerwen who was taken down 11-9 in the final. Such a rich vein of form has seen him move up the rankings and he’s been given the third seed. Our own Adam Roberts has tipped him up in his PDC World Darts Championship 2024 Predictions preview.
Number two on the list is Michael van Gerwen. The three-time champion hasn’t lifted the crown since 2019 and will be desperate to return to the pinnacle of the sport. It has been a relatively quiet year for the Dutch master but he was crowned Premier League champion for a record seventh time. He comes in as a 7/2 shot and will no doubt see plenty of action from punters surprised to see he isn’t the favourite.
Gerwyn Price comes in at 11/2, despite not having won a major televised event this year. The 2021 champion has been victorious at the US Darts Masters and in Poland and can also call himself a winner in the Belgian Darts Open. He topped the table during the 15 weeks of the Premier League Darts and got all the way to the final. His quality is not in doubt and it comes as little surprise to see him towards the top of the betting market.
Coming in at 12/1 is fourth-favourite Michael Smith, who comes into the event as the reigning champion, yet is lacking for consistent form. Like the two players above, he qualified out of the group stage at the Premier League Darts tournament and won four of the 15 weeks. His big-price will certainly entice a fair few punters looking to bet outright on the winner.
Gary Anderson and Rob Cross are both rated as 14/1 shots with us at Betfred. Both men are former champions and are well-known around the circuit. The latter hasn’t got past the fourth-round since winning the whole thing in 2018 and that would be a concern for those looking to back him going all the way.
No-one else in the field is rated as better than a 20/1 shot.
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