With the PDC World Darts Championship fast approaching, fans of darts are rubbing their hands at the prospect of another action-packed couple of weeks at London’s Alexandra Palace. It’s an event that is traditionally loved among UK sports fans, due to its scheduling over the festive period, and the drama it throws up year after year.
Last year saw something of a surprise as then 49-year-old Peter Wright produced the form of his career to go all the way and win the tournament. It was the crowning moment in Wright’s career. Having lost the world final to Michael van Gerwen in 2014, the Scot exacted his revenge with a 7-3 triumph over the Dutchman to seal an emotional triumph.
This year, van Gerwen, Wright, and Gerwyn Price sit as the three most fancied contenders in the PDC World Championship odds. But if you look down the list a bit, there are few names who could well spring a surprise and upset the odds to win the title. Read on, as we go through a few of these outside bets (all odds correct at time of writing).
José de Sousa
Priced at 18/1, Portuguese thrower José de Sousa could be a decent shout, given his improvement this year, and the fact that he gained his first televised major title at the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts. It was a fine performance from the 46-year-old, as he overcame quality opponents such as Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and James Wade to lift the trophy.
De Sousa will arrive at Alexandra Palace in good heart, and he’ll be fully motivated to record a strong showing at the showpiece event of the darts calendar.
While Nathan Aspinall sits back a bit in the odds at 22/1, the 29-year-old can never be ruled out, due to his fine record at Ally Pally in the last couple of years. He has reached the semi-finals on two consecutive occasions at the last two World Championships, losing out to Smith in 2019 and van Gerwen last year. He also knows what it takes to win a tournament, having been victorious at the 2019 UK Open.
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Another potential challenger is Dimitri Van den Bergh, who earlier this year won his first major PDC title in sensational fashion, winning the World Matchplay by defeating Gary Anderson 18-10 in the final. It was a landmark moment for the Belgian, and one that will give him plenty of confidence as he heads to Alexandra Palace. He made the quarter-finals in both 2018 and 2020, so there is hope that this year may see Van den Bergh go even further.
One player who can never be ruled out is Anderson. The Scot has rich pedigree at the World Championship, having won the title on two prior occasions. His two consecutive triumphs in 2015 and 2016 proved his immense qualities, and while his results over the last year or so perhaps haven’t gone as well, there is no doubt that Anderson is a player who can turn on the style at any given moment.