By William Hill
Last Updated: 30th December 2019
The William Hill World Darts Championship has reached the business end of the competition as we arrive at the semi-final stage on Monday evening.
Just four players remain in Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen, who are all looking to win darts’ most prestigious prize. We preview the semi-finals.
Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price
While Van Gerwen is the odds-on 1/2 favourite to win the tournament outright, it is Price who is the next contender, with the Welshman 7/2 to win a first World Darts Championship title. He booked his place in the semi-finals with a blistering performance to defeat Glen Durrant 5-1 and now faces Wright, a runner-up in this tournament in 2014, after he produced a top display to see off Luke Humphries 5-3 in the previous round.
Given some of the displays Price has put in both this year and at Alexandra Palace this month, it’s not surprising to see him as the favourite to advance past Wright in Monday’s first semi-final. However, given he is 8/13 to progress, it could be argued the value bet actually lies in backing Wright at 13/10.
A look at the respective players’ statistics during this year’s tournament shows that Wright has a higher average than Price and has had more 180s and 140s as well. Bearing that in mind, Wright to land the highest match checkout and most 180s on Monday evening, which has been enhanced from 2/1 to 5/2, could be worth a flutter.
It’s a tough semi-final to call. Price will likely need a quick start to pile on the pressure if he is to win, but given Wright’s superior odds, then he might be a risk worth taking.
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael van Gerwen
Reigning world champion Van Gerwen continues his campaign for a fourth world title in Monday’s second semi-final against Aspinall, with the Dutchman in the last four at Alexandra Palace for the seventh time in eight years.
That was thanks to victory over Darius Labanauskas in the quarter-finals, with Van Gerwen overcoming the Lithuanian’s early assault to run out the 5-2 winner. While he next meets an opponent in Aspinall who has shown in this year’s tournament what a great player he is these days, particularly when beating Gary Anderson earlier in the competition, Van Gerwen will have enough to advance to yet another final.
That is reflected in the odds for this match, with the Dutchman the overwhelming 1/7 favourite and Aspinall back at 9/2. Value, therefore, probably lies elsewhere if you’re looking to back the reigning champion, which is the sensible way to go.
Van Gerwen to win the match, get the highest match checkout and secure the most 180s has been enhanced from 7/4 to 2/1 and looks to be the bet worth taking for this one.