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PDC World Darts Championship: Van Gerwen man to beat

Michael van Gerwen is the 12/5 favourite to win the PDC World Darts Championship for a fourth time.

The Dutchman ended an eight-month wait for a televised title when landing his sixth Players Championship following a thrilling 11-10 win over Mervyn King in Coventry last month.

Van Gerwen, 31, told www.pdc.tv: “I’m proud of myself. I’ve worked hard for this and to come back stronger and stronger like this means a lot to me.

“Of course, it’s been a long time since I won a tournament so I’m glad I played a very nice tournament. I played well and I’m glad to have my hands back on the trophy.

“I’ve been out of form for a few months and you need to battle back. You have to fight back and I’m glad I did.”

While the consensus is Van Gerwen will still be the man to beat, there are a number of players who will feel they have a legitimate chance of being crowned world champion.

Peter Wright won the big prize for the first time in January when he defeated Van Gerwen 7-3 in the final and is 6/1 to retain the Sid Waddell Trophy in our PDC World Darts Championship betting tips.

Gerwyn Price, beaten by Wright in the semi-final last time out, helped Wales claim the World Cup of Darts in November as well as being crowned World Grand Prix champion, winning the World Series of Darts Finals and four Players Championship titles this year.

Price, who described the World Cup triumph, as the “proudest moment” of his career, is 5/1 to become world champion.

Michael Smith – the 2019 finalist – collected his first titles for two years when winning back-to-back ProTour events in November and is 14/1 while Grand Slam of Darts champion Jose de Sousa is 16/1 to land another major trophy.

Dimitri van den Bergh claimed his first televised ranking title in July when winning the World Matchplay at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

The Belgian, who has a tricky first match against Paul Lim or Luke Humphries, is priced at 20/1 and is scheduled for a quarter-final showdown with Van Gerwen.

Two-time semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall is 22/1 with James Wade, who had advanced to the last four on three occasions, at 25/1.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant has been out-of-sorts since recovering from coronavirus and is quoted at 33/1, as is double world champion Gary Anderson, who has been struggling with a knee problem for some time, as we complete our PDC World Darts Championship betting tips.

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