Darts tips: Our trader’s 6 superb picks for the World Darts Championship

Our trader Damien Fitzgerald has his fancy dress sorted and has kindly given us his picks for the arrows at Ally Pally.



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The great day is almost upon us, the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship begins on Wednesday December 15 and runs all the way until Monday January 3 in the New Year. There may be a small Christmas break in the middle, but it’s going to be wall-to-wall darts on our screens over the next few weeks and we love it!

With that in mind, we’ve turned to our arrows-loving trader Damien Fitzgerald and he reckons he has hit the bulleye with your plays for the action at the Alexandra Palace, London (admit it, you read that in John McDonald’s voice). Let’s get to Damien’s bets, shall we?


Outright Winner
Gerwyn Price To Win The World Championship

Four players stand out at the top of the outright market to take home the World Championship Darts trophy. Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton all sure to have their supporters, but the defending champion Gerwyn Price still looks the player to beat.

The Iceman was extremely impressive in winning the Grand Slam of Darts recently and on top form he looks like the best player in the world. His doubling brought him to the title last year and it can do so again to turn him into a back-to-back champion.

Big Odds Chance
Gary Anderson To Win The World Championship

Looking at a bigger price selection? Well, it may pay to side with a man who’s been there and done all before. Gary Anderson reached the final last year despite not playing his best darts and he tends to come alive at the Palace at this time of year.

The two-time world champion does have a potential tough start against old foe Adrian Lewis, but The Flying Scotsman’s form has looked improved recently and no one will want to face him on that stage.


Quarters call
Dimitri Van den Bergh To Win Quarter 2

The former Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh has had an up-and-down year on Planet Darts. But, when he is on-song, he certainly one of the top players in the world. The draw has been kind to The DreamMaker and his section looks like by far the weakest in the tournament. I don’t believe anyone in his section will be able to cope with the Belgian’s high scoring and having reached the quarter finals at Ally Pally twice, he absolutely has the ability to go at least one step further this year.

Ryan Searle To Win Quarter 3

The recent Player’s championship finalist Ryan Searle looks like a player ready to burst through to the top echelons of the game and he can confirm that by reaching the semi-finals here. He heartbreakingly lost that final 11-10 to Peter Wright, who may also stand in the way here. But, I believe Searle can reverse that result if he has to and he can confirm himself as the next big thing in the world of darts by getting to the last four here.


Out of the blue
Jim Williams To Reach The Quarter-Final Finals

Jim Williams is a former finalist in the BDO World Championship and will be looking to make his mark here on his debut at the Alexandra Palace. He performed well in the Grand Slam of Darts recently winning two of his three games and was extremely unlucky to lose out in a group containing James Wade and Rob Cross. Wade could be his main competition for a quarter-final place here, but The Machine has a dreadful record at the World Championship and it may pay to take a chance on Williams at a tasty price.

Nine Dart Finish In The Tournament: Yes

The perfect leg was hit last year by James Wade and it is a fair price for a repeat this year with the fans thankfully back in the stands. Players are getting better all the time and they’re have been lots of nine-darters hit on the PDC Tour this year. I find it hard to believe that someone won’t have the crowds going wild this year having hit perfection. We’d all love to see it!

World Darts Championship tips:

Gerwyn Price To Win The World Championship
Gary Anderson To Win The World Championship
Dimitri Van den Bergh To Win Quarter 2
Ryan Searle To Win Quarter 3
Jim Williams To Reach The Quarter-Final Finals
Nine Dart Finish In The Tournament: Yes


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