It’s that time of year in the darts schedule when nations clash in the World Cup of Darts. Gerwyn Price and Johnny Clayton became the first Welsh pairing to win the competition and will be looking to defend their crown as a host of big names aim to dethrone them.

We’ve taken a look at how the market is shaping up ahead of the tournament.

Wales looking for back-to-back titles 

As mentioned, Price and Clayton won the title for Wales for the first time in the history of the competition last year and will be looking to go all the way once again. Despite being the number two seeds, Wales arguably have the strongest team in the competition with both players having great years to date. The current World Champion and world number one, Gerwyn Price, just last week won the inaugural Hungarian Darts Trophy, his fourth PDC European Tour title, while Clayton won the Masters earlier in the year as well as the Premier League at the first time of asking.

It’s successes like this that justify their favouritism in the tournament (2/1) and they’ll be the ones to beat going into the competition.

The Netherlands can add fifth title this year

Michael van Gerwen partners with Dirk van Duijvenbode for the Netherlands this year. The Netherlands are the joint-most successful nation in the competition, having won four times along with England. They last won the event in 2017 when Van Gerwen was partnered with Raymond van Barneveld.

A strong pairing, it would be no shock to see these two in the mix this weekend. MVG has been open about his dip in form over the last year or so, but we’ve seen flashes of his past brilliance multiple times this year. However, he’s still looking for his first title of 2021 and this could be it. Van Duijvenbode also continued his impressive rise through the ranks this year when winning Players’ Championship 11, his maiden PDC ranking title.

This is a team with a huge amount of potential when firing on all cylinders and are currently second-favourites to take the title, currently priced at 4/1, despite being the third seed.

England ranked number one 

The number one seed went to England and they’ll be facing Brazil in the first round of the World Cup of Darts. The pairing of James Wade and James Chisnall is an exciting one, especially with the individual performances both men have put in during the season.

It’ll take a lot to replicate the legendary partnership of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, who won the tournament four times between 2012 and 2016, but it’s been a long wait since the last triumph. Wade will be making his first appearance in the competition since 2010 whereas Chizzy will be participating for the third time.

The team are third favourites to win their first World Cup title in five years, priced at 9/2.

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