The PDC World Championship seed profiles continue with our next two players both showing good form in spells recently.

Last time it was the turn of Ian White and Dave Chisnall. This time it is Peter Wright and James Wade. All odds are provided by World Championship sponsors William Hill, and are correct at time at publication.

Peter Wright

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Seed: 7

Age: 49

Nationality: Scottish

Previous World Championship appearances: 10

Best PDC major performance: Winner – UK Open 2017

Walk-on: Don’t Stop the Party by Pitbull

Odds to win: 14/1

Wright has had an intermittent year with it picking up towards the end of 2019 with finals at the Champions League of Darts and Grand Slam of Darts as of late. Despite that though ‘Snakebite’ failed to banish previous issues against especially Van Gerwen who he had multiple match darts against again but couldn’t finish the job. As a result only the UK Open is currently still to his name.

He would take all that disappointment though for a potential World Championship and in the process also he will be hoping to end a poor run at the Alexandra Palace where he has bowed out in the second round for the last two years. Rowby-John Rodriguez/Noel Malicdem await him followed by Keegan Brown, Mickey Mansell or Seigo Asada so he does in a way have a favourable draw but as we know by now with the World Championship nothing is easy.

James Wade

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Seed: 8

Age: 36

Nationality: English

Previous World Championship appearances: 15

Best PDC major performance: Winner – World Matchplay 2007, World Grand Prix 2007, 2010 – Premier League 2009, UK Open 2008, 2011, European Championship 2018

Walk-on: The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy

Odds to win: 50/1

Speaking of major success, someone who has been there done it and got the t-shirt multiple times is James Wade but unlike Wright who is missing majors from his trophy cabinet, ‘The Machine’ is missing the big one.

A nine-time major champion and a player who like last year has had an imperious year on the ProTour winning five events and turning up and winning like he usually does while openly admitting he is not playing his best. Despite his accolades, it is only a semi-final at best for Wade in his career and they were back in 2009, 2012 and 2013.

He will know that a good run at the Alexandra Palace will force him again into Premier League reckoning but in Ritchie Edhouse or Boris Koltsov; he has a potential banana skin to start the tournament off. Wade is good value for fans looking for an outside bet but he could be a big name casualty to start the tournament off.

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Author: Samuel Gill