Everyone knows that Christmas isn’t Christmas without the PDC World Darts Championships on!

The William Hill PDC World Darts Championship takes place at Alexandra Palace in London from Thursday December 15 to Sunday January 2 as the biggest names in the sport set about their quest to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy.

Gary Anderson is of course the two-time defending champion having beaten Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis in the last two finals but World Number One Michael van Gerwen heads into the sport’s flagship £1,650,000 tournament, screened live on Sky Sports, as 8/11 red hot favourite with Ladbrokes after yet another title-laden season. James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall are among the other big names in a 72-man field.

While there may not be much value in the outright market as betting is only 1/2 the odds 1-2, there is some excellent value to be had out there Lads in the 1st Round matches!
Bet 1:
1st Round Match: Darren Webster to beat Stephen Bunting @7/4 generally.
Darren Webster
Darren Webster
Darren has been in fantastic form recently. Smashing Phil Taylor 5-0 at the Grand Slam in November, before reaching the Semi Final’s of the recent Player’s Championships, losing to eventual winner MVG 11-8.
However…..The “Demolition Man” was 6-0 up in this match, playing some sublime darts which MVG couldn’t live with! Darren is finally starting to show the same quality on the TV stage that he’s been showing for years off stage on non televised floor events.
Back him to beat “The Bullet” Stephen Bunting who on the other hand, has had quite an inconsistent year. The Liverpudlian isn’t showing anywhere near the same level of form which saw him selected for the 2015 Premier League of Darts.
Bet 2:
1st Round Match: Mark Frost + 2.5 Set Betting Handicap v Gary Anderson @ 9/4 with Bet365
Mark Frost
Mark Frost

“Frosty the Throw Man” has been playing some quality darts of late. Mark qualified for the World Championships by winning the recent PDPA Qualifier which is basically “The Best of the Rest” who hadn’t yet qualified for the Worlds. Mark won 7 matches that day dropping only 18 legs in the process. Further to this he reached the Semi Finals of the 19th Players Championship in late October, losing to eventual winner Simon Whitlock 6-3. With a +2.5 Set Handicap in a 1st to 3 Set format, we’re very confident that he can take advantage of a slow starting Gary Anderson (who may switch back to his old darts again which indicates lack of confidence of his recent form since having to wear glasses) by winning a minimum of one set for our bet to be a winner.

Lump on Lads and happy punting.