Free tips Darts Tips: PDC World Championship Predictions (15th Dec – 2nd Jan)
MVG World Championship Favourite – He’s Let His Supporters Down Before
World Championship Darts Tips:
Gary Anderson 13/2 BetVictor
Simon Whitlock (each-way) 125/1 BetVictor
Mensur Suljovic (each-way) 66/1 BetVictor
The William Hill PDC World Championships gets underway on December 15th and concludes on January 2nd.
The £1.65 million tournament features 72 players doing battle at London’s Alexandra Palace, they are made up from 32 Players in the PDC Main Order of Merit, the top 16 Pro Tour Order of Merit Players, the top four European Order of Merit Players, 18 International Qualifiers and two PDPA Qualifiers.
In reality, no more than six or eight players have realistic prospects of winning the World Title and some are already arguing there is only one conceivable winner: 27-year-old Michael van Gerwen (MVG). The Dutchman is a top-priced 10/11 (at Stan James) for the title.
However, this is familiar territory. MVG was 6/5 ante-post favourite for the title 12 months ago and also started ‘jolly’ 24 months ago. He came up short both times, eliminated in the third round last year and KO’d at the semi-final stage of the 2014/15 competition.
Of course there is no denying the merit of MVG’s amazing 25 tournament wins during 2016, including claiming the winner’s cheques in all of the big TV ranking tournaments (UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship, Grand Slam, Players Championship). Overall MVG has won 11 of the 13 TV ranking tournaments played since his elimination from the World Championships.
But that CV simply justifies his short price, it does not mean he will not leave his game at the practice board for a third consecutive year. We think he might and we cannot sensibly suggest you wade into an odds-on shot that needs to win six matches to justify his price.
So where is the value? Well, 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor can never be written-off. Taylor last won the World Championship in 2013 and finished runner-up to Gary Anderson in 2015. But the darting legend has not looked anything like his best this season and advancing years could finally be starting to tell. Even bet365’s 8/1 is not tempting.
Gary Anderson’s long game is good
13/2 about Gary Anderson is though. The Scot revels in the ‘long format’ this competition offers and has been faultless in it for the past two years. Countryman Peter Wright has been very consistent throughout 2016 and definitely has a big victory in him. The trouble is… he is yet to win any ‘premier event’ and until that monkey is lifted from his back it is hard to back him even at BetStars standout 20/1 top-price.
Two at big prices
At big prices with a very deep run a distinct possibility, we are placing some faith (and pennies) in Simon Whitlock and Mensur Suljovic. Whitlock was a finalist in the 2010 World Championships and has shown some glimpses of that form returning during the latter half of 2016. He has claimed the scalp of Michael van Gerwen and also posted a 9-dart finish in recent times.
Suljovic, a Serbian-born Austrian, is now world ranked No. 7. He was a beaten finalist in this year’s European Championship (a career best performance) and is still improving. He likes this tournament too having deep runs in both 2011 and last year when he made it to the final-16 stage.