The final event on the 2013 PDC Darts Championship gets underway on Friday, and it’s the one that everyone wants, the PDC World Darts Championship.
The marathon tournament, which lasts three weeks, will see its winner crowned on New Year’s Day and Phil Taylor is the man out to defend the title he won last year, for the 14th time.
The Power of Taylor
Phil Taylor is undoubtedly still the king of the darts world and he’s been in scintillating form over the past couple of months.
He took the inaugural Coral Masters title at the start of November before beating Robert Thornton to claim the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts a couple of weeks later.
The Stoke-man seems to be getting better with age and is arguably playing the best darts of his life, even at the age of 53.
That’s why he currently heads the bookies lists to win back-to-back World Championship titles. A number of bookies, including Ladbrokes, offer the best odds of 10/11 on him winning the tournament again.
He’ll start his campaign on Friday night against either New Zealander Rob Szabo or Ian Moss, with those two facing each other in the preliminary round earlier in the evening.
Taylor may well have won three major tournaments in a row had it not been for Michael van Gerwen’s victory over him in the recent Players Tour Championship finals, where the Dutchman triumphed 11-7.
He’s the number two seed in the tournament but is still on a search for his first World title after being beaten in the final by Taylor 12 months ago.
A number of outlets, including Bet 365, offer the best odds on him taking the title at 7/2.
Third seed Adrian Lewis is also hot property at the moment, most notably reaching the final of the Masters where he was beaten by Taylor.
He’s currently available at 6/1 as tournament winner with a number of bookies, including Ladbrokes.
He’s also my BET OF THE DAY to score the most 180s in the competition, with William Hill, amongst others, offering odds of 2/1.
Selected Match Odds
Aside from Taylor’s opening match, the other stand-out game on Friday night is the 2008 World Champion, John Part, taking on Dutchman Mareno Michels.
The Canadian has tumbled down the rankings since his second world title, and is the 25th seed in the tournament. But he’s 2/5 favourite with Bet Victor to win his first round match, with Ladbrokes providing the best odds on a Mareno win at 9/4.
That match will be the first one on tomorrow night at 7pm, live on Sky Sports 1.
Another notable match this weekend features 2007 World Champion Raymond van Barnaveld who takes on Welsh youngster Jamie Lewis.
SkyBet offer the best odds of 1/7 on a van Barnaveld victory, with Sportingbet offering odds of 6/1 on Lewis causing an upset.
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