2016 PDC World Darts Championship – Alexandra Palace, London 17th Dec – 3rd Jan
We’ve finally made it. The best of the best are on their way to London for the World Championship to see if they can take Gary Anderson’s title and knock MVG off his rather lofty perch.
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This is the big one. Ask any player what they want to win the most and they’ll tell you this one. Ask Michael Van Gerwen if he’d trade everything he’s won this year for another World title and he’ll tell you yes!
We have to start with the Green Machine. Michael has swept aside everyone in his path this year and seems to be coping with the pressure well. Van Gerwen is the 2.25 favourite to take the title and that is short. However, I can’t tell you I won’t be having a few quid on the world number one because I’m just not sure who beats him.
One thing I will say though is that set play is very different to having to win a certain number of legs. I think this format compromises MVG’s ability to pull away when he hits one of his hot streaks because even if you lose the first five legs in a row you are still just one set behind, which I promise you is a lot easier to deal with then looking at a scoreboard and seeing you’re 5-0 down. Michael has had a sensational year and could very well go on to win his second World Title but it’s not job done just yet.
We need a bigger priced player to have as a saver if MVG doesn’t deal with the pressure. The man I’m going with is the current Champion of the World Gary Anderson. After winning the Worlds last January Gary then went on to win the Premier League. Since then the ‘Flying Scotsman’ has blown hot and cold. He’s also had to deal with issues from the media which has upset him. I spoke to Gary the other day and trust me all the stick he’s been getting has pumped him up, he won’t be ‘throwing’ any matches at Alexandra Palace!
The Scot has a decent draw and the experience of winning last year will give him the confidence to get over the line if things ever get a bit tight. The big boys don’t like playing Anderson, especially MVG. If Gary can make it through the early rounds I think he could well go on to win. The 8.5 about the current champ is big enough for me and Anderson is my second pick at Ally Pally!
Prices correct at time of writing.