Having got off the mark in 2020 with a major tournament win at the UK Open in March, Michael van Gerwen is a strong betting favourite to regain the PDC World Championship crown in 2021 – but the Dutchman is not priced as short as he has been in previous years.

The three-time world champion has never successfully defended his title at Alexandra Palace, and having lost the final to Peter Wright on New Year’s Day, many might feel he his due a win in London, and the best price on him to triumph is 7/4.

Van Gerwen was a 5/4 favourite heading into the 2020 tournament – a price which was initially shorter but drifted slightly as Gerwyn Price came crashing into 5/1 because of a cracking run of form heading into December.

Price, Wright and van Gerwen are the only three players in single figures in the betting odds, with Price – who van Gerwen beat in the UK Open final – currently at 8/1, and Wright somewhat surprisingly as big as 7/1 with some firms.

While the aforementioned three are clearly the most fancied as it stands, there are a number of other potential contenders who may represent some early value, and by claiming some of the best betting site offers in the UK, you can have a flutter on multiple players.

Outsiders

Glen Durrant acquitted himself well in his Ally Pally debut, reaching the quarter-finals and seeing off the likes of Daryl Gurney and Chris Dobey on the way. The three-time BDO world champion also already has semi-final appearances at the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam to his name just one year into his PDC tenure, and he currently tops the Premier League with four wins out of six.

Somehow, Durrant’s odds are 40/1 to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy on January 4th, 2021. Don’t expect those odds to last long, however, as the Teessider knows what it takes to win a World Championship, and has proven that he can mix with the best on the PDC tour. Some bookies have him as short as 22/1, which is about right.

Another Premier League newcomer in terrific form is Nathan Aspinall – a UK Open winner himself in 2019 and a two-time World Championship semi-finalist. The Asp also has a US Darts Masters title on his CV and is surely too big at 25/1.

Currently occupying a playoff position in the Premier League alongside Durrant, van Gerwen and Aspinall is Michael Smith who, at 20/1, is sure to tempt some punters, but even though he reached the final a year ago, doubts still remain over his ability to close out big matches and win major events.

Gary Anderson at 16/1 is a big price if he finds his form again and the same can be said for Rob Cross at 25/1. The Premier League player with the longest odds to win the World Championship is Daryl Gurney at 50/1.

Dave Chisnall is also 50/1, and the other player in that range is Jeffrey de Zwaan, the big-scoring Dutch youngster who is progressing well and almost upset the eventual champion, Wright, at the Ally Pally in December.

Picking anyone else at an even bigger price might be a bit of a reach, but James Wade is rarely a man you want to back against in any match given his knack of grinding out results, so 66/1 might be worth a look.

Darts fans that watch the floor events will know what Ian White is capable of, but his odds of 80/1 come as no surprise as the 49-year-old has only once reached the quarter-finals at the World Championship.

The likes of Gabriel Clemens (100/1), Danny Noppert (250/1), and Ryan Searle (350/1) have been playing well on the tour, and Kim Huybrechts (375/1) also looks to be getting back to his old best.

Each way terms and other important factors will vary across UK bookmakers, so it is advised that you compare betting sites on MyBettingsites.com before locking in your darts wagers. Odds are subject to change.

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Peter Wright will be the defending World Champion at Alexandra Palace this year. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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