PDC World Darts Championship odds
The 2021 PDC World Darts Championship got underway this week with 2020 champion, Peter Wright, amongst the bookies’ favourites to win the title once again.
Limited crowd numbers due to the ongoing pandemic mean that the traditionally raucous crowd at ‘Ally Pally’ will be toned down considerably this year. Will the sombre crowd have an impact on the competition’s big hitters? Here at freebet.com we preview the players in contention to win the £500,000 first prize and of course, the Sid Waddell Trophy. The latest and best odds come courtesy of our betting partner and official tournament sponsors, William Hill.
Three-time world champion and last year’s runner-up, van Gerwen, heads the market despite some indifferent form so far this year. The Dutchman hasn’t been at his best for the majority of 2020 but victory in the Players Championship Finals earlier this month has cemented his position as the world’s umber one ranked player and the one to beat.
Van Gerwen explained, “Of course, this year has not been an easy one for me, as it hasn't been for a lot of people. There have been some difficult moments both on and off the oche but it's about how you come through those moments.
"In the last few weeks I have been feeling good again and I can definitely feel the old Michael coming out on the dartboard. I have to thank my family, friends and management for helping me through this year, I couldn't have done it without their support.
“Now I'm feeling ready to go at the World Championship and the other players need to watch out."
Next in the betting is world number three, Gerwyn Price. The Welshman was a losing semi-finalist last year but has had a successful 2020. Price spearheaded Wales’ first ever World Cup triumph whilst he has won a couple of other televised titles including the World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals.
Price was eliminated in the first round of the World Matchplay in the summer and admitted that he thought 2020 was going to be “a complete right-off” however he explained, “It's turned out to be one of my best years on tour in terms of my results. I have found it difficult at times without a crowd, but it's the same for all of us and we've just had to get on with it.”
Reigning champion, Peter Wright, claims that the pressure is off him ahead of his World Championship defence.
He explained, “I’ve already accomplished my dream. It’s the other guys who have never won it so the pressure is on them. I’ve done it, so it doesn’t matter what happens now. That moment will never be taken away from me.
“That said, I’ll be going out all guns blazing to try and take the Sid Waddell Trophy home with me again.”
He added, “It’s every darts player’s dream to be World Champion. I achieved it last year and it made me cry like a baby on stage, but that’s just what it means to fulfill your dream.
“The other players need to watch out because give me a chance and I’ll take it. Honestly, I think I can defend this title.”
Wright has added the European Championship and Masters titles to his World Championship title in 2020 so will defend his crown as one of the tournament’s in-form players.
Michael van Gerwen - 9/4
Gerwyn Price - 5/1
Peter Wright - 6/1
Michael Smith - 14/1
Jose De Sousa - 16/1
Dimitri Van den Bergh - 18/1
James Wade - 20/1
Nathan Aspinall - 22/1