Darts remains a hugely popular sport to wager funds on for punters, with tournaments happening regularly. Major events such as the Premier League, the World Championships and Grand Slam are the highlights of the darts calendar, where the world’s best players face off for some of the most prestigious titles in the sport.
Darts Betting Tips
World Championship Winner – Michael Van Gerwen @ 9/2 with Betfair
Van Gerwen has shown glimpses of regaining his best run of form recently this year, although he was beaten by Joe Cullen in his most recent match, which will have been hugely frustrating for the Dutchman. He beat the likes of Nathan Aspinall and Daryl Gurney in the Players Championship earlier this month, and if anyone is going to turn up for the big occasion of the World Championship, it’s Michael Van Gerwen.
Obviously, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, and the in-form Jonny Clayton will fancy their chances of beating Van Gerwen, but at a price of 9/2, the Dutchman will be looking to live up to the hype heading into this year’s tournament.
Could be worth a punt – Rob Cross to win @ 25/1 with Betfair
Rob Cross has won the World Championship before, but that was back in 2018 when he defeated Phil Taylor in convincing style in a 7-2 win at Alexandra Palace. Cross has shown glimpses of his quality recently, having beaten the well-fancied Peter Wright 6-3 and Krzysztof Ratajski in the Players Championship. Cross also beat Michael Van Gerwen in the final of the European Championship and will fancy his chances of upsetting some of the favourites in December’s tournament.
At a price of 25/1 with Betfair, you’d be foolish not to put some of your spare change on Cross in this year’s competition, in what is likely to be a closely-fought battle to reach the final.
Rank Outsider – Mensur Suljović to win @ 100/1 with William Hill
Mensur Suljović is one of those darts players that get close to winning a major competition, but not close enough, or frequent enough compared to some of the big names. He finished as Runner-Up at the World Matchplay back in 2018, as well as reaching the Semi-Final in both the Grand Slam of Darts and World Grand Prix on three occasions.
He’s been in an inconsistent run of form in recent months but did beat Jose De Sousa in early November, which will give him confidence moving forwards. Having beaten the likes of James Wade, Kim Huybrechts, and John Henderson, Suljović could be worth a punt, especially at the sizeable price of 100/1 with Betfair.
Gerwyn Price – 10/3 @ Ladbrokes
Unsurprisingly Price is heading into another darts major as favorite, although the likes of Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen will push him close for the win in this one. He hasn’t looked at his best in recent tournaments though, having been knocked out of the European Championships by van Gerwen, before being narrowly beaten 10-9 by Jonny Clayton in the World Series of Darts Finals. If Price can recapture the sort of form that saw him win the Gibraltar Darts Trophy and the Hungarian Darts Trophy, then he’ll be tough to beat.
Having thrashed Peter Wright in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that Price will head into the World Championships as the favourite.
Michael van Gerwen – 9/2 @ Betfair
Van Gerwen hasn’t been at his best in recent years and was beaten by Peter Wright in the PC20 earlier this year, before having an impressive run to the semi-final of the World Matchplay, before being beaten by Wright for the second time, with Wright going on to win the tournament.
The Dutchman suffered a shock defeat to Joe Cullen in the recent Players Championship earlier this month and will be eager to get back to his best form at the earliest of opportunities. We’ve seen him produce his best darts on the big stage, and he’ll be a danger to the favourites if he can recapture his best form.
Jonny Clayton – 6/1 @ Sky Bet
Clayton is the form player heading into the World Championships and will fancy his chances of challenging the likes of Price and van Gerwen. Clayton has had a memorable year to date, having beaten Mervyn King in the final of the Masters, before winning two Players Championship events early in 2021. Clayton is the holder of the Premier League title, having beaten Jose De Sousa in the final of this year’s competition, where the Welshman beat Dimitri Van den Bergh and Michael van Gerwen on the way to the title.
Peter Wright – 10/1 @ Betfair
Wright has shown glimpses of his quality this season, having won the World Matchplay title earlier this year, having beaten Van den Bergh in the final of the event. Wright won the World Championship back in 2020 and will be amongst the favourites to challenge for the title in this year’s tournament. He was on a six-match losing run heading into the Grand Slam of Darts but went on to reach the final of the competition, where he was beaten by Gerwyn Price.
Adrian Lewis – 100/1 @ William Hill
Lewis has won the World Championship twice in his career to date, but they’ll feel like a distant memory for the 36-year-old. He has struggled to build any sort of momentum in the last few years and arrives into the 2022 World Championship in a poor run of form. Having been beaten by American Danny Baggish in the 2021 World Championship, you’d have to be a brave punter to back him at a price of 100/1 with William Hill.
Raymond van Barneveld – 150/1 @ Sky Bet
Van Barneveld is a legend of darts, and for major darts fans, they might be tempted to wager a small amount of funds on the experienced Dutchman. He retired from his playing career after a defeat to Darin Young in the 2020 World Championship, in a result that he claimed he’d never forgive himself for. But later that year, he reversed his retirement and won his first tournament since 2014, when he won the Players Championship 3 in Bolton, after a win over Joe Cullen in the final of the event. At 150/1, he’s a big price for a great of the sport.
The PDC World Championships began in 1994, with Dennis Priestley beating Phil Taylor in a 6-1 thrashing at Circus Tavern before Taylor went on to win 12 of the next 13 tournaments.
Since 2008, it has been held at Alexandra Palace in London, and Gerwyn Price will be looking to defend his title, having beaten Gary Anderson in the final of last year’s competition.
Since Phil Taylor’s dominance of this tournament concluded in 2013, there have been plenty of different winners of the PDC World Darts Championships. Listed below are the winners of the tournament from the last six years.
2016: Gary Anderson
2017: Michael van Gerwen
2018: Rob Cross
2019: Michael van Gerwen
2020: Peter Wright
2021: Gerwyn Price
The Premier League is a hugely popular event for darts fans and players to enjoy in the sporting calendar, with the world’s best battling it out to be crowned the winner of the event.
The world’s top four players automatically qualify for the event and are then joined by six wildcard selections that are made by the PDC and Sky Sports. A round-robin format then takes place, before the top-four are split into two semi-finals, with the winner of those taking on each other in the final.
The 2022 Premier League Darts is set to get underway on Thursday 3rd February, with Jonny Clayton looking to defend his title, having beaten Jose De Sousa in 2021, in an impressive 11-5 win in the final.
The likes of Glen Durrant, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, and Raymond van Barneveld have all won the Premier League Darts title in the past, and they’ll be hoping they can challenge Clayton for this year’s title.
The 2021 Grand Slam of Darts takes place from 13th November to 21st November, with the world’s best players coming face to face in Aldersey, with the winner of the event scooping £125,000.
Gerwyn Price won the 2021 event, as he beat Peter Wright 16-8 in the final of the competition, having beaten the likes of James Wade and Jonny Clayton on his way to the final.
Price will be looking to build on this impressive showing as he turns his attention to the upcoming World Championships.