Free tips 2019 PDC World Championship Darts Betting Tips & Predictions
Christmas means Roast Spuds, Brussels, Some Turkey and Lots of Darts!
Christmas and the William Hill sponsored World Darts Championships go together like spuds and brussels on a December 25th dinner plate these days. But making darts betting predictions the eventual winner has not been as easy as guessing your dinner plate will have turkey on it. Below you will find our preview along with some World Championship Darts betting tips.
The days of one player, Phil Taylor, dominating the ‘big one’ have gone. Last year Rob Cross sprung a mini-surprise in claiming the title, Michael van Gerwen (MVG) won it in 2017 and Gary Anderson in 2016.
The New Format
Last year the tournament featured 72 players with 16 players competing in a ‘preliminary round’ before entering a conventional draw of 64 players. This time around the competition is open to 96 players made up of the top 32 from the PDC Order of Merit, the 32 highest ranked players on the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit, plus 32 qualifiers from around the world from all sorts of background and will include two female darts players.
Ultimately the 32 players taken from the PDC Order of Merit will be parachuted directly into the second round, and the top dozen in the betting come from this group. The shortest priced player from 32 dart-smiths amongst the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit is the 24-year-old Dimitri Van den Bergh who is found in a lowly 27th on that list.
Punters clearly believe the young player, who hit a nine-dart leg en-route to the quarter-finals of the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts just three weeks ago, is a capable and competent proposition right now. At a top-price of 66/1 (only at Betfair and bet365*) the Belgian is the same price as Raymond van Barneveld and shorter than Simon Whitlock (80/1 with William Hill).
5/2 For a First-Timer
Naturally Van den Bergh would represent a ‘first time winner’ of the World Championship and if you fancy there will be a first time winner – meaning you will simply be backing against MVG, Anderson, Cross, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld – you can get 5/2 with Betway Sports. Tempting?
8/1 Three or More 9-darters
Not forgetting this year’s ‘longer’ tournament will now feature a total of 28 afternoon and evening sessions (an increase of six sessions on 2018) over a 20 day period there will be a total of 95 matches played. So there must be an increased chance of a ‘nine dart’ finish being posted. It’s not happened in this competition during the past two years but Gary Anderson recorded one in 2016 and so did Adrian Lewis in 2015.
With them becoming more and more frequent in competition, we actually like the ‘value’ call of 8/1 about there being 2.5+ at a whopping 8/1 with bet365*. If you are looking for event long World Championship Darts betting tips there’s worse bets.
Big Prices Plays
But who can you back in the outright markets to either ‘go deep’ by ‘winning’ their quarter of the draw or to make it all the way to the final and hopefully win? With each-way terms of ½ the odds for positions 1-2, we certainly recommend backing ‘each-way’ if you are opting for some big priced selections.
We can certainly envisage a big-priced winner as many of those at the top of the PDC World Darts betting odds are not at their best. Favourite MVG (Michael van Gerwen), 13/8 top-priced at Paddy Power, has not been at his best for most of the year. He has claimed three ‘majors’ this season but he has come up short in the past three ‘biggies’ departing the European Championship in the second round, Grand Slam of Darts at the semis, and tasting a rare defeat in a final when beaten 11-9 by Daryl Gurney in the Players Championship final just over a fortnight ago.
😩 Testing times… 😩
An insight into @MVG180‘s mind-set as the World Darts Championship looms
— Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) December 7, 2018
Peter Wright has had an even tougher time of things, while defending champion Rob Cross has deteriorated throughout the year and now first and second round eliminations from competitions are becoming commonplace.
Given that, our principle selection has to be the reliable Gary Anderson (7/2 Betfair). We say ‘reliable’ as the Scotsman has been a two-time quarter-finalist, two-time runner-up and two-time winner in the World Championship during the past eight years. He reserves his best for this competition and seems to thrive on the long format games.
— Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) December 7, 2018
But Daryl Gurney will come to this competition on the back of a major victory in a final over MVG, that should give him multitudinous confidence and the Northern Irishman has to be added to the portfolio at Coral and BetStars 33/1.
Maybe throw in James Wade, who won back-to-back televised titles in the autumn at Coral’s 40/1. He’s never got to a final of ‘the World’s’ but he has made the semis three times and he is the renaissance man of the moment.
And for an apple-cart turnover add Jeffrey de Zwaan at Unibet’s stand-out 125/1. The 22-year-old Dutch player has eliminated MVG from two major televised tournaments this year and neither was a fluke. He won a ‘players championship’ tournament in April and he made the final 16 of the World Grand Prix in October.
PDC World Championship Darts Betting Tips
2.5+ nine-dart finishes 8/1 bet365*
Gary Anderson to win the competition 7/2 Betfair
Daryl Gurney to win the competition (e-w) 33/1 BetStars
James Wade to win the competition (e-w) 40/1 Coral
Jeffrey de Zwaan to win the competition (e-w) 125/1 888sport
Jeffrey de Zwaan to win the third quarter of the draw 22/1 Betway
* Odds correct at the time of writing