Wayne Mardle on the World Darts: Trust Peter to make it all Wright on the night at Ally Pally

Can Peter Wright go all the way in the PDC World Darts Championship?
Can Peter Wright go all the way in the PDC World Darts Championship?

It's time to don the fancy dress and get in the mood for some 'arrers with the PDC World Championship soon to hit our screens, and our man Wayne Mardle - who some would say is always in fancy dress - is here to mark our card with his tournament preview...


"Throughout the year he's proven time and time again that he has the ability. Just missing out twice in finals to Michael Van Gerwen isn't going to hurt his unswerving confidence."

- Back Peter Wright to Win @ 32.031/1
- Back Wright/Taylor in Name The Finalists @ 22/1 (Sportsbook)

The cry of, "Glory, glory Gary Anderson", bellowed around the living rooms of millions last year as they watched the Scotsman land the most coveted title in world darts.

Can Gary win again? There's a host of potential winners that will hope that he doesn't.

This tournament is like no other, when you get beat it hurts for weeks, months, and the fear of losing sometimes doesn't allow you to win. You'll see players capitulate, look beaten mentally, want to give up the game. In a macabre way this is what makes the World Championship so special.

The draw has been made, the world number one and the clear market favourite Michael Van Gerwen - available to back at 2.111/10 - is seeded to meet Raymond Van Barneveld in the last 16, Michael Smith in the quarter-final, then Adrain Lewis or Peter Wright in the semi-finals - a tough draw if it works out that way.

Gary Anderson, the number two seed and reigning champ may have to work his way through Vincent van der Voort, James Wade & Phil Taylor.

Gary clearly has the game to win again but more importantly he has the mindset of a champion now and that counts for everything.

There have been first time winners each of the last two years, and with the likes of Wright, 32.031/1, Wade, 30.029/1, and Dave Chisnall, 38.037/1, in attendance, who can firmly say it won't happen again?

Whilst MVG is the one to beat it's not a forgone conclusion, it's not already done and dusted with the majestic Sid Waddell trophy sitting proudly in his already well stocked trophy cabinet.

From a punter's point of view I personally think Michael is way too short his current price.

Van Gerwen has been in awesome mood this year winning nearly every event played on the big stage. Two of the tournaments he didn't win in 2015 were the World Championships and the World Grand Prix, both of those events are played over the sets format. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's not.

I know MVG has won over this distance before but I'm a believer that Michael is better over a legs format than sets, in the World Grand Prix final he won more legs than Robert Thornton but lost the match. In sets play it's about winning the important legs, of which there's normally at least one in every five.

There are plenty of players who'll fancy their chances of winning, Lewis, 18.017/1 should not be underestimated in his quest to win his third world champs, the twice world beater is in good order, and like the other real big guns knows what it takes to win.

Wade will have his say, and Barney - available to back at what some might think a crazy price, 65.064/1 - could have a run, again.

There's a silver lining to MVG being such a short price however, and that is that's you'll get decent odds on everyone else.

I so far neglected to mention Taylor, the 16-time world champ is a huge price at 6.25/1.

If The Power can put right his double hitting of the 16 & 8 segments then he could make a mockery of those odds. He's scoring well consistently but has continuously missed crucial doubles this year. Phil needs to gain some confidence in the early rounds to be a threat later on.

In the final last year Taylor missed 55 darts at a double against Anderson and only lost 7-6, he's still a major threat.


My idea of the winner is Peter Wright

Snakebite is much improved and shows a belief that I find hard to ignore. Throughout the year he's proven time and time again that he has the ability. Just missing out twice in finals to Michael Van Gerwen isn't going to hurt his unswerving confidence.

No one will be working harder to make sure their game is in good shape, he's known for pummelling the board for hour after hour, for him it clearly works.


Recommended Bets

Back Peter Wright to Win @ 32.031/1
Back Wright/Taylor in Name The Finalists @ 22/1 (Sportsbook)


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