PDC World Darts Championship 18/19 - Preview

PDC World Darts Championship 2018/19 Preview

The world’s finest darts players will meet in London this month to battle it out for fame and fortune at the PDC World Championship. The action begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday and a champion will be crowned on New Year’s Day after much drama has unfolded. All the titans of the sport will be in the thick of the action, including Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. It will also be the penultimate World Championship for the legendary Raymond van Barneveld, who has just announced that he will retire at the end of 2019, so it should prove to be a momentous tournament.

Increased field vying for World Championship glory

In total there will be 96 players fighting for the prestigious Sid Waddell trophy, an increase on the usual 72. The extra 24 qualifiers will include two female players for the first time as Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova vie for glory. It will also be the first time that Phil “The Power” Taylor is not competing after the icon retired following his defeat at the hands of Rob Cross in last year’s final. Taylor won this tournament on 14 occasions in its 25-year history and only seven other men have tasted success since it began.

They are Dennis Priestly in 1994, John Part in 2003 and 2008, van Barneveld in 2007, Adrian Lewis in 2011 and 2012, van Gerwen in 2014 and 2017, Anderson in 2015 and 2016 and Cross last year. Dutch maestro van Gerwen, the world’s number one ranked player, will still be smarting after his defeat to Cross in last year’s semi-finals. Van Gerwen has emerged as the dominant force in darts and he is the clear favourite to win a third World Championship on New Year’s Day.

Van Gerwen bids for a third PDC World Championship title

Van Gerwen finished top of the pile in the Premier League this year with 23 points, surging into the semi-finals as top seed. He dispatched Cross 10-6 to gain sweet revenge and then went on to beat Michael Smith in the final. He has also won The Masters and the World Grand Prix this year and the Dutchman is comfortably top of the Order of Merit and the man to beat at this tournament.

However, the likes of Cross, Anderson, Wright, Smith and Daryl Gurney are all dangerous and it should prove to be a thrilling tournament. Van Gerwen faces a potential last 16 clash with either Lewis or van Barneveld, so his route to the final looks tricky.

Anderson and Gurney could end up facing off in an epic quarter-final showdown, and that would really set pulses racing. Anderson has won a hat-trick of majors this season, claiming the UK Open, the World Matchplay and the Champions League of Darts for the first time, while Gurney beat van Gerwen in the Players Championship final. The bottom half of the draw looks wide open as Wright and Cross have struggled for form of late and Darts Spread Betting is sure to be popular throughout the festive period.

Spread betting on the PDC World Darts Championship

You have a number of World Darts Championship Spread Betting Markets available to you and they all help enhance the excitement you feel when watching a big tournament like this. The simplest market to bet on is predicting the winner of the tournament. In the PDC World Championship Tournament 60 Index, a player gets 60 points for winning the tournament, 40 points for a runner-up finish, 20 points for reaching the semi-final, 10 points for falling at the quarter final stage and five points for losing in the last 16, while everyone else gets zero points.

Van Gerwen leads the way in this market with a spread of 33-36, meaning you can sell at 33 or buy at 36. If you sell at 33, you will end up hoping he does not make it through to the last 16.

If you buy at 36, you will be rooting for the Dutchman to go all the way and win it. Let’s say you choose to buy at £2 and he wins the tournament, earning 60 points, you will be 24 points over the buy price. That means your £2 stake would be multiplied by 24, resulting in a profit of £48. But if he crashed out in the semi-finals you would lose £32 as a semi-final appearance is only worth 20 points (36 buy price – 20 points = 16) and (16 x £2 = £32). If you sell at 33 and he does not make the last 16, you earn 33 times your stake. But if you sell at 33 and he finishes runner-up, you would lose seven times your stake.

The various different options available to you are all detailed in our handy Darts Spread Betting Explained guide. But another option that is hugely popular with darts fans is the Total 180s Market. This is a great option if you are unsure who will win the game, but have an opinion on how many 180s there will be.

In a particular game, you might see the Total 180s spread set at 6.7-7.2. If you sell at 6.7 for £50 and there are only three 180s, you make 3.7 times your stake and walk off with £185 profit. However, if there are eight 180s you would lose 1.3 times your stake and lose £65.

All of these options ramp up the thrill of watching a darts match, livening up every contest and giving you a real interest in developments in what is sure to be a breath taking PDC World Darts Championship.

The World Championships begin on Thursday 13th December and Sporting Index has you covered all the way with a huge range of PDC World Championship spread betting markets on offer.

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