In case you didn’t know, Christmas is on it’s way and that means one thing and one thing only for us: darts on the telly.
Forget about feasting on turkey, chocolate and beer (well, you can work around that last one), it’s time for the annual jamboree of oche jockeys to joust for the PDC World Championship
And we’ve got Henry ‘Double H’ Hardwicke to bring brings you the only betting preview you’ll need for the 2018 finale of darts calendar. He’s joined by the Racing Post’s Steve ‘The Penetrator’ Palmer, Steve ‘Master Of Darts’ Davies and Paddy Power’s ‘Dangerous’ Damien Fitzgerald to source some sterling selections.
On The Show:
– Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to win the World Darts Championship although our panel aren’t comfortable with backing ‘Mighty Mike’ … find out who the team like instead.
– We look at the betting across the first and second round of fixtures with the possibility of a few upsets on the cards according to the team, do you agree with our panel?
– Does anyone have an easy route to the final? Our panel look for any possible traps laying in wait for some of the top seeds.
– With the route to the final already being paved out, the team look at potential semi-final match ups and like the prices of a few of them…
– Plus, Steve Palmer’s sent in some darts-themed jingles to go with the #ThisWillNotBeBeaten, have we broke ‘The Penetrator’? And of course, the panel give their tournament NAPS…
Steve Palmer: The best bet is in the bottom half of the draw, and it’s Michael Smith. I’m really encouraged by Smith, he’s blessed with enormous natural talent and he’s always been able to smash the 180s in with his eyes closed, but he’s started to hit his doubles on a more regular basis now. He got to the final of the Premier League this year, which is a fantastic achievement. He only lost six times in 18 matches in the Premier League, playing against the best of the best, in front of big crowds, so that was really big confidence boost.
Steve Davies: Gerwyn Price will get in people’s faces, the crowd will get on his back, he couldn’t care less! He loves it, he’s former rugby player, he loves a bit of needle. He’s ready for it. He’s had a good year anyway, he got into the Premier League, I know he didn’t do well and was furious with the way he played, done his Achilles, but he’s come back and he looks a really good player again. I think he’s quite a good price in a wide open half.
Damien Fitzgerald: If you look at this year asa whole, there’s not really much argument that Mensur Suljovic has been the third best player in the world. He got to the final of the Matchplay and was very unlucky to lose to Gary Snderson in a classic. He got to the semis of both the Grand Slam and the Grand Prix, and he just a very consistent, good player now…. and I think he’s a very fair each-way price in the bottom half of the draw.
*All odds correct at time of posting