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The festive season is upon us and that can only mean one thing – the PDC World Championship 2017 has arrived!
This year’s event, the 24th since darts split into two, is set to be bigger and better than ever. The world’s top darting stars will all be gunning for the sport’s biggest prize, along with the £350,000 cheque, and we should be in for a fortnight or so of gripping drama from start to finish.
Let’s play darts!
Can Anyone Stop MVG?
If there’s any justice in the world, this year’s tournament will belong to Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen. The world number one has been simply sensational over the past 12 months, obliterating opponents left, right, and centre en route to winning eight majors. If the 27-year-old performs to his best, a second world title beckons.
However, MVG will face stiff competition along the way. The Flying Scotsman, Gary Anderson, is bidding for a third consecutive title and should bring his best to Alexandra Palace in spite of an inconsistent few months. Meanwhile, Phil The Power Taylor will always pose a threat as he attempts to rule the world for a 17th time in what would be his first triumph since 2013.
A strong field that also includes Adrian Lewis, James Wade, and Mensur Suljovic will pose a strong challenge but each of the big three will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-final. Can Peter Snakebite Wright join them after what has arguably been his most consistent year?
At odds of 15/2, it’s well worth a punt.
Back Jackpot For The Jackpot
While it’s hard to look past MVG, the fact he is odds-on makes it rather off-putting. In truth, you’ll probably find better value in his individual matches by backing handicaps and 180s. Nevertheless, the Dutchman isn’t the only man worth keeping an eye on.
This year’s field has more talent than ever, and there’s every chance that we’ll see a nine-dart finish at some stage, which would be the fifth year on the spin. The fact that this bet itself is firmly odds-on, even when combined with a 17 checkout is confirmation of the quality on show in London.
Two years ago, it was Adrian Lewis who provided the perfect leg. The two-time champion should coast to round three, and should get the better of Raymond van Barneveld to set up a quarter-final with Taylor. Even if he can’t get the better of the greatest player in history, those four matches should give Jackpot a great chance and offering the magic once more.
The perfect leg is something every dart fan wants to see, and Lewis is one of the most likely candidates due to his efficiency of hitting the t20. If he gets into his stride at any stage, the fast-throwing fifth seed could be a great shout.