The draw for the first round of the Ladbrokes PDC World Championships has been announced as we take a look at all of the main early clashes and value within the market.
Scheduled for over the Christmas period, the Ladbrokes PDC World Championships has rapidly become one of the main sporting spectacles in December. Alexandra Palace, or more famously known as Ally Pally, has been sold out for months as punters and darts fans alike, head to North London for a night full of top-class sporting theatre and great atmosphere.
The betting opportunities over the next three weeks will be endless as over 50 matches will take place, with an array of markets available.
Whether you fancy taking a stab on the number of 180’s there are in a match or just backing which player will come out on top, the Ladbrokes PDC World Championships are likely to provide plenty of thrills and spills in the next few weeks.
Can Phil Taylor win his 14th PDC World title?
Will Adrian Lewis win his third trophy on the spin? Or will a new king be crowned at the home of darts. The winner will also pick up the Sid Waddell Trophy, named in memory of the late Sky Sports commentator Sid Waddell, who died earlier this year and was renowned as the voice of darts.
The draw for the first round of the £1 million event has been made at PDC HQ and has drawn together some intriguing battles for the opening week.
Lewis has drawn young Dutch debutant Gino Vos, who will lock horns with the defending champion on the opening night at Ally Pally, which is Friday December 14. The reigning champion isn’t expected to have much trouble in seeing off the Dutchman and can be backed at 1/12 with Ladbrokes for the win.
However his recent form, much like his great rival Phil Taylor, has been pretty woeful in comparison to his usual standards. He is only the third choice of the punters in the outright market, around the 8/1 mark, and there hasn’t been money riding on Lewis making it a third championship.
He should make it through rather easily early doors though, with the 3-0 victory a 4/6 chance with Ladbrokes, and one that has been well backed in most quarters.
Multiple World Champion Taylor, who bounced back to form when winning the Players Championship Finals last weekend, will face Northern Ireland’s left-hander Michael Mansell in the first round.
After being knocked out relatively early in recent World Championships, to Dave Chisnall and Mark Webster, the 13-time PDC champion will be looking to make light work of journeyman Mansell, who made the last 32 of the World Grand Prix.
He can be backed at 1/33 with Ladbrokes to do so, and is a well fancied 2/1 shot to win the tournament outright.
The man on everyone lips in terms of the outright markets, is Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, who won the World Grand Prix in October, will take on Paul Lim or Malaysia’s Mohd Latif Sapup.
All the seeded players look to have escaped any banana skins in the first round, with number three seed James Wade drawn against debutant Peter Hudson, 2011 runner-up Gary Anderson plays the winner of Jarkko Komula and Jani Haavisto and last year’s finalist, Andy Hamilton takes on James Richardson.
Raymond Van Barneveld, a well backed 16/1 shot with Ladbrokes in the outright win market, will meet St Helens youngster Michael Smith, whilst six seed Wes Newton is up against Johnny Haines and European Champion Simon Whitlock takes on Haruki Muramatsu or New Zealand number one Dave Harrington.