The 2017 PDC World Darts Championship has reached the quarter-final stage at the Ally Pally — and this is where it gets really exciting for darts betting fans.
PDC Darts World Championship Betting: Van Gerwen still on charge for title
December 30, 2016
Betting favourite Michael van Gerwen remains on course to win the title for a second time, although he has already endured a wobble or two in London.
Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor is also well underway in his title challenge, while defending champion Gary Anderson looks composed on the oche.
So let’s take a look at who could win the PDC World Darts Championship.
Michael van Gerwen betting
Michael van Gerwen remains the Unibet favourite to win the PDC World Darts Championship and his odds have remained static at 1.61 since the tournament started. Van Gerwen breezed past Finland’s Kim Vijianen 3-0 in the first round but laboured against Spaniard Cristo Reyes in the second.
That match was of concern to Van Gerwen, whose average of 105.24 was worse than his counterparts. But Reyes struggled when it mattered on the doubles. It was a let off for Van Gerwen.
Looking ahead, the Dutchman can expect a tough clash from Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals. Gurney beat higher seed Robert Thornton on his route to the last-eight but surely this is where his tournament ends.
Phil Taylor betting
Phil Taylor is yet to lose a set in the darts this tournament and looks likely to meet Van Gerwen in the semi-finals. He is 12.00 to win the World Darts Championship, which is a great bet for someone of his pedigree.
Furthermore, Taylor’s main rival in the second quarter of the draw — Adrian Lewis — was knocked out to Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in the second round. If Taylor can edge past Barney in the quarter-finals then his odds on winning the title will plummet.
Watch out though. Taylor averaged just 92.73 in his 4-0 win over Kevin Painter in the second round. His first-round average was also well below 100. Compare that to Van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, who are all averaging over 100, and you see the difference in class.
Gary Anderson betting
Gary Anderson met his first real challenge of the PDC World Darts Championship in is 4-2 win over Benito van de Pas in the third round. Van de Pas kept apace with the Flying Scotsman but ultimately couldn’t finish when required. It was a warning to Anderson that even when he is on the top of his game, challengers are there to rival him.
Anderson has not won a major title since claiming the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship. Could he win it for a third year in a row? A likely semi-final clash with Peter Wright would be an exciting prospect for the two Scots. Anderson is 5.00 to win the tournament. His price has already dropped significantly, showing the growing confidence Unibet punters have in his ability.
Peter Wright betting
Peter Wright is enjoying himself out there on the oche. His flare saw him saunter past Jerry Hendricks 3-0 in the first round and overcome Jamie Lewis 4-0 in the second. But can he finally win a PDC major title after falling at the final hurdle three times? He is 11.00 to win the title but that could be too much of an ask. Odds of 3.50 to make the final is a better bet.
Wright has possibly the toughest quarter-final opponent in sixth-seed James Wade. Wade boasts a 14-9 winning record over Wright. However, the Scotsman has won their last three matches and will be confident of making the semi-finals at the Ally Pally.
Indeed, there is no reason to believe the top four seeds will not make up the last-four on the oche here. A €10 combination bet on all three reaching the semis will earn you €25.29, which isn’t bad considering the form of all four players.