There is no doubting Michael van Gerwen has been imperious during 2016. The Dutchman has won an amazing 25 tournaments this year, including claiming the winners cheques in all of the big TV ranking tournaments (UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship & Grand Slam of Darts).
Combined, this justifies his outright price of just 8/11 for the William Hill PDC World Championships which gets underway on Thursday 15th December. But does that price represent good value? Well, clearly “MVG” is not invincible and if you back him at this short price you could suffer some palpitations.
In the semi-finals of last month’s Player’s Championship Finals the 27-year-old fell 6-0 down to Darren Webster in a race-to-11; eventually he did prevail 11-8. And who could forget last year’s World Championship when MVG needed to win a tie-break to finally dispatch the unknown René Eidams in the opening round?
Unquestionably Michael van Gerwen is the deserved clear favourite and if you do not have an 888Sport betting account, run across to them with your tail wagging as they are currently offering new customers a huge 7/1 about him winning the competition. (Offer ends 15th December)
But is he opposable? We believe he is. MVG entered last year’s competition in sparkling form and was trading at even-money but curled up tamely losing to countryman Raymond van Barneveld in the 3rd round. 2014 was a similar story, trading at odds-on for the title he exited at the semi-final stage.
With not so much as an appearance in the final for the past two years, surely this is not a player who should be backed at odds-on to win this competition. The more professional of you out there, and if you agree with this viewpoint, will simply make their way over to the Betfair Exchange and tap the ‘Lay’ button which currently has 1.80 (4/5) next to it.
But sometimes it’s more fun to find an individual winner and we think that Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright could give those who enjoy a bet on darts a real run for their money. OK, this is a player that has yet to win a major and such is his record in all competitions a racehorse trainer would put a pair of blinkers on him.
However you cannot argue with his recent form and the Scotsman’s record in the World Championship is excellent: A quarter finalist for the past two years and a finalist in 2014.
Drawn far away from MVG (they cannot meet until the final) and unable to meet Gary Anderson until the semi-final, Peter Wright looks assured of another deep run and at each-way terms of half-the-odds, places 1-2, he should be backed accordingly with Paddy Power who go top-price 12/1.