Fantastic prices for five World Darts Championship favourites
Holly Thackeray | December 14, 2015
Coral’s five 2016 PDC World Darts Championship favourites
It’s that time of year again, darts fanatics. No, not Christmas, but the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship. The finest finishers and biggest names from around the globe are preparing to congregate at Alexandra Palace for two-and-a-half weeks worth of thrilling festive fixtures and darting drama.
At Coral, our oche experts have already run the rule over potential first round shocks plus plucky outsiders in with a shout of the title. So, now we focus on the headline acts and eye five fantastic favourites who can rule this tungsten tournament…
Michael van Gerwen
Coral writers have already asked the question, who can halt Mighty Mike?
Odds of 11/10 for the Dutch juggernaut say Van Gerwen will be crowned king of the world once again, having glided to four televised titles on the trot over Autumn, including prestigious victories at the Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals.
The world number one currently looks a different breed to his rivals and customers know he can keep playing at such an outstanding level, so it may be wise to pounce on this generous price now, before Mighty Mike’s menace sees him change to odds-on for this tremendous trophy.
All-time top arrowsmith Taylor at 4/1 to win the lot? Previously punters would snap bookies’ hands off for such a price, and only Van Gerwen’s form is forcing The Power into second favourite spot.
The master has not yet been outclassed by the pretender to his throne, though, as Taylor has been PDC world champion a record 14 times (16 overall) and still has what it takes to clinch this competition and the crown he knows so well.
Not just simply most dominant dartsman, The Power stands out among all sportsman for his stranglehold on tungsten tournaments, and can put any opponent through the ringer.
Back current holder Anderson at 13/2 to retain, before he resumes Premier League duty to also defend that title. As champion of two of the most coveted competitions, The Flying Scotsman is more than worth a stake to find form again as third favourite.
After making the recent European Championship final, which he narrowly lost by one leg, Anderson is an arrowsmith still firmly in the mix for this tournament, which brought out the best of the super Scot in 2015. Beware any opponent who writes him off.
Jackpot is a two-time winner of the Alexandra Palace prize and, despite being priced quite long at 16/1 could prove a fruitful punt, as the Stoke-born sportsman has made a steady career year of progress. Could this be the stage on which he provides the sensational once again?
With World Cup of Darts (clinched alongside rival and pal Taylor) and Auckland Masters titles notched, plus a runners-up medal in the Players Championship Finals, Lewis is sniffing around for more major success.
Snakebite is another who has come within inches of catapulting his name to a new level in this sport, and odds of 20/1 for this Scottish star of the stage to win the 2016 PDC World Championship are outrageously good value.
The unmistakable mohawk man has been runner-up here before and just requires that last slice of luck to go all the way and land his first premier event. Two semi-final finishes plus second place in the UK Open and World Series of Darts Finals suggest he is closer than ever.
There are more riveting read on the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship in our darts archive.