By News Team
Last Updated: 31st December 2019
It’s 94 matches down at the William Hill World Darts Championship, one to go.
Darts’ biggest competition has reached its climax, with just two players remaining as we head into Wednesday’s grand final – Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright, who will compete for the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy and the £500,000 winner’s prize.
We preview the showpiece event and pick out some of the best bets worth keeping an eye on.
Van Gerwen to make it four?
It’s been a strange tournament for Van Gerwen. The reigning world champion, who is looking for his fourth world title, was the favourite before the competition started and has been throughout – and yet he has still struggled to be at his clinical best at Alexandra Palace in recent weeks.
Van Gerwen booked his place in Wednesday’s final with a 6-3 victory over Nathan Aspinall on Monday and once again in the William Hill World Darts Championship, it was not vintage MVG. As mentioned, that has been a recurring theme recently, particularly in his quarter-final win over Darius Labanauskas.
But being the greatest player on the planet currently, it would take a very brave man to bet against Mighty Mike.
Wright to make history?
But standing in Van Gerwen’s way is a man who will come into this final full of confidence following his 6-3 win over Gerwyn Price on Monday. Wright averaged 98.39, while hitting 16 180s and 30 140s as he caused a surprise given Price was the favourite heading into the semi-final clash.
Wright will be hoping to go one better than his second-placed finish in 2014 and win the William Hill World Darts Championship for the first time on Wednesday night, though it was Van Gerwen who defeated him 7-4 in that 2014 final to lift the first of his three world titles.
Based on form, you would say Wright would have enough to make history at Alexandra Palace; if Van Gerwen turns in another display like he did in his previous two matches then the title will be Snakebite’s.
But Van Gerwen is the greatest player in the sport today for a reason, so expect him to up his game at the right time to land a fourth title. His 4/11 odds for the match reflect that, though as is the case whenever backing Van Gerwen, the value bet probably lies elsewhere.
Van Gerwen to win the match, get the highest match checkout and secure the most 180s has been enhanced from 10/3 to 4/1 and could be a bet worth a flutter on.