Forget advent calendars and The Pogues, the bells of Christmas only truly begin to ring out as the William Hill World Darts Championship gets underway at Ally Pally.

The 16 days of action arrive on 15th December with all the trimmings, as Peter Wright looks to defend his crown following his maiden world title victory last year.

It’s set to be a cracker, and we’ve previewed all of the action and have reviewed the odds ahead of the tournament below.

Snakebite looking to bite once again

Peter Wright dominated last year’s tournament on the way to his first world title, beating Luke Humphries, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen in the final rounds. His biggest scare came against Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan in the fourth round, but a 4-3 victory settled the nerves and in truth ‘Snakebite’ never looked back after prevailing.

His win last year has him ranked as the number two seed this year, meaning he enjoys a bye in the first round and will begin his defence in the second round. He comes into the tournament in form too, having picked up a win at the European Championship last month and will threaten his 6/1 price in the outright market if he can roll that form into this one.

Gerwyn is well priced

Another in-form man going into the tournament is Gerwyn Price. His progress since joining the PDC Tour has been nothing short of remarkable, and the two-time Grand Slam of Darts winner will be keen to add a world title to his growingly impressive resume sooner rather than later.

He won the World Grand Prix for the first time back in October after beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 in the final and currently sits third in the PDC Order of Merit, behind Van Gerwen and Wright.

After losing to Wright in last year’s semi-final, ‘the Iceman’ will be hoping the price is right for him this year, and he is the 5/1 second favourite to be crowned champion.

Mighty Mike goes for glory

Last year’s beaten finalist and three-time winner Michael van Gerwen once again goes in search of world title glory at Ally Pally. He’s made five of the last eight finals, and dominated his opponents on the way to last year’s final.

He never really got into the match with Wright, and was chasing the score throughout, but at his best he’s near unbeatable and his form this year is much better than it was coming into the tournament last year, despite some indifferent form at times in 2020. He won the UK open earlier this year before winning the Players Championship Finals in November.

Van Gerwen will also start his tournament in the second round, and will face the winner of Scotland’s Ryan Murray and the Phillipines’ Lourence Ilagan, and he is currently the 5/2 favourite to win a fourth world title.

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