With less than two months until the PDC World Darts Championship kicks off at Alexandra Palace, there’s plenty of speculation about whether we will see another year of Dutch dominance.
Last year’s final saw an epic showdown between the champion, Michael van Gerwen, and the Scottish star, Gary Anderson.
And whilst there have been many people who are quick to criticise Van Gerwen’s recent form, it’s clear that there are plenty of other strong Dutch contenders like Raymond van Barneveld, Jelle Klaasen and Benito van de Pas who show that the Netherlands are enjoying a particularly strong run of form at the moment.
So can Gary Anderson go one better this year and make a triumphant return to Alexandra Palace? Recent form in the Perth Darts Masters shows that Anderson has had no problems in dispensing with the likes of Raymond van Barneveld.
But it’s still a question of how he copes against the formidable talents of van Gerwen that will be of greatest interest when the PDC World Darts Championship begins on 14 December.
It’s expected to be the biggest darts tournament of all-time with £1,800,000 up for grabs for the eventual winner. These massive prize winnings will be due in part to influence of William Hill, who as well as featuring on sites such as Casinomir – who have sponsored the PDC World Darts Championship since 2015 and boosted its profile to the sporting world.
And all eyes will definitely be on Phil Taylor who will be using the occasion to say farewell to the game after being roundly viewed as one of the greatest darts players of all-time.
Taylor has already shown that he’s not afraid of saying some strong words to Van Gerwen this year, and it’s hoped that we could see another dramatic showdown between the pair this December.
However, it’s also worth stating that Peter Wright is looking to follow up his impressive UK Open victory with another stellar performance that could see him joining the list of all-time greats.
And even if Wright stumbles against the formidable Dutch opposition, then there are other darts players like Daryl Gurney and Adrian Lewis who will be keen to show that they have what it takes to go all the way in this epic sporting showdown.
In particular, it’s the new generation of promising youngsters like Michael Smith who could represent a good outside bet for defeating the Dutch at the PDC World Darts Championship. The young star showed that he has finally achieved the concentration necessary to beat Mensur Suljovic in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy earlier this year.
And we can never discount fiery characters like Simon Whitlock from shocking the bookmakers with a surprise win. The Australian darts star came perilously close to picking up the PDC World Darts Championship in 2010, and he could have the temperament necessary to deliver a result that challenges the Dutch dominance.
But regardless of whether Phil Taylor gives us the perfect farewell present or not, it’s sure to be yet another darts tournament to remember.
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