This PDC World Championship commences this Thursday, labelled the greatest show on earth by many including our resident tipster Wayne Mardle who is here to provide his pre-tournament preview...
"When on song, Dave, literally hits more scores of 180 than anyone on the planet, if he can tighten up his finishing, which has been poor, I think he can reach the final."
Anderson up for the Threepeat
As the winner of the last two World Championships, Gary Anderson - available to back at 13/2 on the Sportsbook - has to believe there aren't too many players able to stop him winning a third consecutive title, the threepeat has to be in his sights.
It's been a rocky few months for Gary. He now dons spectacles, which always take getting used to, and he has changed his darts. The darts have now been binned, but the bins are here to stay.
He's back playing with his old reliable missiles, the ones that aided him to win this great championship for the first and second time.
MVG the red hot favourite
The pre-tournament favourite, to absolutely nobody's surprise, is Michael van Gerwen (3/4), has won just about half the tournaments he's played in this year, which is quite astonishing!
The 2014 world champ is in exactly the same position as last year, he came to Alexandra Palace then as the short priced favourite, but was beaten by an inspired Raymond van Barneveld.
To be the best player throughout the year and fail at the biggest tournament of all, must have been heartbreaking. Can Michael win for the second time, or will the darting deities be against him once more?
16-time champ ready to turn on the Power
Third in the betting is Phil Taylor (10/1). Please don't tell me that Phil won't or can't win for the 17th time, because this man can win anything.
I'm pleased that Phil didn't play in the recent Players Championships, he will now come into this fresh and ready, something he wasn't last year.
Twelve months ago his game was in turmoil, he was changing his equipment more often than Peter Wright changed his barnet. Phil now has the darts, but does he have the belief and composure that saw him dominate the darting world for nearly three decades.
Peter has the Wright stuff to succeed
I'm a believer in Peter Wright (12/1). I think he can make the final, again, just like he did in 2014, when he finished in the runner up spot to MVG.
Peter seems to have a problem crossing the finishing line in events. Winning matches is fine, winning finals is the problem. Mind you, he does normally walk in to Michael van Gerwen in those finals.
His words: "You haven't seen the best of me yet".
If he can play his best on the biggest stage of all he clearly has a very good chance to win his first major championship, and what a championship!
Chizzy can go deep
Twice world champ, Adrian Lewis (40/1) is flying under the radar this year, mainly because his darting year to date has been poor for his extremely high standard. Adrian finds himself in the same half of the draw as, MVG, Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.
There are a number of other players who will feel they have a chance to lift the Sid Waddell trophy, Barney (40/1), Dave Chisnall (33/1), Jelle Klaasen (66/1) and James Wade (40/1), to name just a few.
As you know, I'm never short of an opinion, nothing has changed. I believe we will see a new finalist, along with a recent winner.
You may remember, I tipped Chisnall to win the Grand Slam. He failed miserably at the first hurdle, well, the following week he reached the final of the Players Championship. He's inconsistent, that's why he's 33-1.
When on song, Dave, literally hits more scores of 180 than anyone on the planet, if he can tighten up his finishing, which has been poor, I think he can reach the final.
In Chizzy's half of the draw is Anderson (this is the game for me, if, and yes it's a big if, he can survive this. Of course they may not meet, nothing is certain, I think he has a massive chance to reach his first PDC world final), Klaasen, James Wade, and Wright, who are all there as potential winners too. But I like Dave's chances against any of those, though Anderson is the one all these great dartists have to stop.
Impossible to oppose Mighty Mike
MVG in my opinion cannot be opposed, he is quite simply better than the others.
There's a lot of talk about Michael not liking the set format, possibly not suiting him - rubbish! It's just because he's only won one world title - people are looking for narratives.
He's the best player, therefore I think he will win.