By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 11th December 2019
Michael van Gerwen is the 5/4 pre-tournament favourite to win the 2019/20 William Hill World Darts Championship and my red-hot favourite to walk away with the biggest prize in darts.
Reigning world champion Van Gerwen is aiming to claim the Sid Waddell Trophy for a fourth time in this year’s event, which will be held from December 13-January 1 at Alexandra Palace.
The Dutchman has enjoyed another stellar year on the circuit, winning five titles at the Masters, Premier League, World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals, as well as a first Champions League of Darts title.
Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price is the 5/1 second favourite and, in my opinion, at the moment is the only player that has stepped up to the mark to take on MVG. Price is the number three seed and bids to end a memorable year with glory in the sport’s biggest event, having also reached the final at the European Championship and Players Championship Finals.
If you are looking for a good outsider then how about last October’s World Grand Prix finalist, Dave Chisnall? He certainly has the scoring power to take on anyone, but can he finally hit those doubles at the crucial times to get over the line to win his first major TV title? At 28/1, he could be worth an each-way bet.
Smith is also a player that has the scoring power, however, like Chisnall, can he close games out to lift the trophy? He is 22/1 to be victorious.
World Darts Championship debutant Glen Durrant is 33/1 as he aims to add the William Hill title to his three successive Lakeside Championship wins – and his odds look good.
Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, meanwhile, is a 100/1 chance to complete his hat-trick at Ally Pally, while Raymond van Barneveld is rated at 150/1 as he enters his final tournament before retirement.
I will be posting my tips each day with William Hill so hopefully we can get off to a flying start on Friday!