Gerwyn Price is 5/1 to wrestle Michael van Gerwen’s World Championship crown off him at Alexandra Palace next month.
The Welshman heads to the capital in the form of his life after taking his game to another level in recent weeks.
Price finished runner-up in the European Championship and Players Championship, either side of defending his Grand Slam of Darts title in style in Wolverhampton.
The former rugby player averaged 107.86 in the final to blow Peter Wright away and show he has what it takes to win the Sid Waddell Trophy.
However, Price has a poor record at Ally Pally in his five appearances to date.
The 34-year-old’s best performance was reaching the last 16 in 2018, when he lost to new rival Van Gerwen, with his other four showings ending in last-64 exits.
The third seed could take on the likes of Glen Durrant, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic in the early stages of a tough section of the draw, but Price’s current form shows he will not be overawed.
Price told PDC.tv: “I just want to make sure I win my first game at the Worlds because as everyone knows I don’t have the best record there.
“I just want to get through my first game and then anything can happen, the first round is always the hardest but I’ll give it a good shot.
“My goal is to win my first game, have a decent Christmas and then enjoy being in the tournament rather than just watching it.”
In those two recent finals in Gottingen and Minehead, Price was beaten by Cross and then Van Gerwen.
Durrant, at 25/1, has a rare opportunity to become the unified champion of the world, with the three-time BDO champion making his debut at Ally Pally having impressed in his first year on the PDC circuit.
Raymond van Barneveld, the 2005 winner, makes his final appearance at Alexandra Palace before retirement.
The Dutchman’s form has dipped over the last few years, meaning he is 125/1 to end his career with world glory, but he is 25/1 to win his quarter which includes the likes of Wright, Cross and Dave Chisnall.
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