January 2013 and the shiny new Sid Waddell trophy makes its way onto the Alexandra Palace stage; nothing unfamiliar about the recipient though as Phil Taylor picks up a 16th World Championship title and his 14th in what we now know as the Professional Darts Corporation.

Ladbrokes World Darts ChampionshipThe Power endured a mediocre 2012 (by his own standards) and had missed out on the big one two years on the bounce, but still went off as the 7/4 favourite last year.

Today he’s odds on at 10/11 for World Title number 17  after bagging the UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Championship League darts, Grand Slam and a fistful of smaller titles in 2013.

Only two other players have their name on major silverware this year and it’s no coincidence that the trio make up the bookies favourites with Premier League and Players Championship Finals winner Michael van Gerwen at 3/1 and European Champion Adrian Lewis at 6/1 behind Taylor – mirroring both the tournament seeding and current Order of Merit.

Twice World Champion Lewis and last years runner up van Gerwen both sit in the bottom half of the draw and would meet each other at the semi-final stage of  proceedings if the tournament follows the script. Potentially setting up another Taylor v van Gerwen or a Taylor v Lewis final. Could Jackpot secure a dream third World title by beating Phil? The incentive is there for everyone with a whopping £250,00 first prize – an increase of £50k from last year.

If we dare to assume a van Gerwen v Lewis semi we will see that eleven of their twenty previous fixtures have been played out in the last 12 months including four semi-final meetings and the quarter-final stage of this tournament last year. It’s nip and tuck between them and the scoreline is usually close but MvG leads 11-9 overall (6-5 since 2013’s quarter final game).

Lewis outright at 6/1 is worth a punt so think about sticking a tenner on him and forget about it. Come 2 Jan 2014 you might be collecting £70 from the bookies…

If we look past the clear favourites there is a threesome of 25/1 shots in Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock and James Wade. Whitlock has the misfortune of being placed in the top half of the draw and could therefore come up against Taylor in the semis whilst Barney and Wade have potential quarter-final clashes with van Gerwen and Lewis.

Don’t automatically write RvB off if the all-Dutch last 8 comes to fruition – he still has a career upper hand on MvG and won last time out in Edinburgh. Wade is too unpredictable but more than capable of beating Lewis on his day, despite finishing second best in their only World Championship meeting to date in 2012.

In betting terms we have to remove the Aussie from the equation and look for a bit of each way action with Wade and Barney; toss a coin or lump a bit on both men (not too much on Wade!). Set aside some funds though as there will probably be an upset somewhere in the tournament and as such the real value is to be found further down the food chain.

Dave Chisnall enters the tournament at a flattering 33/1. He has a tricky first round tie with big John Henderson and is just as likely to fall at the first hurdle than collect the £250k winners cheque. Henderson may be a 750/1 outsider for the title but the Scotsman leads their head to heads 3-0 and has beaten Chisnall as recently as last month.

Kim Huybrechts and Gary Anderson join the party as 40/1 hopefuls , Huybrechts has to put brotherly love to one side first and dump out 250/1 shot sibling Ronny whilst Anderson in the arguably more open bottom half of the draw has to get past qualifier and 2005 runner-up Mark Dudbridge. Can either man get their name etched onto the Sid Waddell trophy? Not this year.

Quarter-final specialist and 2012 runner-up Andy Hamilton looks to be generously priced at 50/1 but again he’s in the top half of the draw. Think about it though – if someone else can do the dirty work for him early on and eliminate Taylor The Hammer could nail another final spot. This could be enough to tempt you into backing him each way.

Super-Scot Robert Thornton knows how to both beat Taylor and win a major PDC tournament and is also available outright at 50/1. The Thorn will be eyeing up a place in the quarter-finals and should he face Taylor will look to put this years Grand Slam final behind him and repeat his 2012 UK Open heroics. The wee Scot is another possible each way candidate.

A couple of interesting players priced at 66/1 are Peter Wright and Justin Pipe two players are becoming regulars on our TV screens and enjoying career peaks. Wright has put in a good season on the floor and can boast a win rate of over 70% and as a top 16 player is starting to find his feet in major tournaments, both left ones obviously if you’ve seen him cut some rug on his walk-on. Check the draw though and you will see Snakebite’s tournament could come to an abrupt end in the third round.

Pipe is knocking on the door of the top 10 in the Order of Merit and he looks more comfortable on stage these days and is a dangerous opponent. Hoping to ruin his Christmas is former Youth World Champion Arron Monk, having lost 3 of their 4 previous encounters he’ll be out to prove a point. A potential third round clash with Wade could end the hopes of either player though and before that a no means straight  forward probable second round battle with former Lakeside Champion Steve Beaton.

Without discounting the rest of the field completely we can also look at Wes Newton at 80/1 and Mervyn King at 100/1 outright both capable on their day and both will fancy their chances of a good run at Ally Pally and might just be worth of a couple of quid each way.

Jamie Caven takes on Jelle Klasen in the first round and therefore odds of him winning the tournament at 125/1 could be largely academic. His Dutch opponent is no mug and another former BDO World Champion making him one of the qualifiers every seeded player would have wanted to avoid. These two are evenly matched with Caven just edging the head to heads 6-5 but we fancy the resurgent Klaasen to progress to round 2.

Kevin Painter comes in at 150/1 which is generous for a fairly recent major winner but reflects his current form and World Championship chances, similarly perennial bridesmaid Terry Jenkins starts at 200/1. Dean Winstanley has gone off the boil of late the Yorkshire star was 66/1 for the title this time last year but he’s gone down in the bookies estimation and joins Jenkins at 200/1.

Colin Osborne was gifted a get-out-of-jail-free card from soft tip player Edward Santos who may or may not be plying his trade elsewhere rather than treading the boards at Ally Pally. Osborne was the next highest player on the OoM so sneaks in under the radar at 500/1 but is unlikely to trouble the stronger players in the field. Potential first round opponent Brendan Dolan won’t be impressed as the pair are tied at 3 each from their 6 previous exchanges.

Making up the rest of the field we have a handful of qualifiers from across the globe priced anywhere between 1000/1 and 2000/1 to leave London with a quarter of a million sterling in their back pocket. With all the best will in the world (Championship) these lads can hope for little more than getting their boat race on Sky Sports and enjoying their five minutes of fame. Still it takes all sorts to make up an international 72 player field and even the preliminary losers are awarded £3500, whilst a first round exit guarantees £6k!

There’s an additional £30k on offer for any player achieving a perfect leg in this year’s World Darts Championship split pro-rata if the feat is duplicated. Interestingly only five have been achieved in the tournament’s history and Taylor has never produced a Worlds nine-darter. Two of those five came last year from Dean Winstanley and Michael van Gerwen.

Ladbrokes are offering odds of 9-2 for two or more perfect legs to occur in this years competition and just 4/5 for a solitary tournament 9 dart leg. With long format set play featuring the best tungsten exponents around, the double 9 darter could happen and is worth bunging a few quid on.

As ever we encourage you to utilise our huge ‘Dartabase‘ and Player Head to Head stats to help you steal a march on the bookies, do your homework to find those niche bets that can prove more lucrative. Most 180′s and highest checkout are areas to analyse and find trends that defy the odds.

2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship Links

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2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship First Round Predictions

We will hand you over to our Tipster for his first round round predictions. Can you better him? Enter our OLBG.com Beat The Tipster competition here before it’s too late. You could stand a chance to win Phil Taylor signature darts, an Eclipse HD dartboard and more..

Phil Taylor v Rob Szabo/Ian Moss 3-0
Michael Smith v Morihiro Hashimoto/Paul Lim 2-3
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen 3-1
Terry Jenkins v Colin McGarry/Per Laursen 3-2
Wes Newton v Gino Vos/Ting Chi Royden Lam 3-1
John Part v Mareno Michels 3-2
Robert Thornton v Max Hopp 3-1
Colin Lloyd v Beau Anderson 3-1
Andy Hamilton v Julio Barbero/Andree Welge 3-0
Richie Burnett v Dean Winstanley 2-3
Kim Huybrechts v Ronny Huybrechts 3-1
Ian White v Kyle Anderson 3-1
Simon Whitlock v Ross Smith 3-0
Mark Walsh v Jarkko Komula 3-2
Kevin Painter v Tomas Seyler 3-2
Paul Nicholson v Stuart Kellett 3-2
Michael van Gerwen v Lerchbacher/Ward 3-0
Wayne Jones v Kevin McDine 3-2
Brendan Dolan v Dennis Lindskjold/Colin Osborne 3-1
Gary Anderson v Mark Dudbridge 3-0
Dave Chisnall v John Henderson 3-1
Mark Webster v Mensur Suljovic 2-3
Raymond van Barneveld v Jamie Lewis 3-1
Jamie Caven v Jelle Klaasen 3-2
James Wade v Darren Webster 3-1
Andy Smith v Steve Brown 2-3
Justin Pipe v Arron Monk 3-1
Steve Beaton v Devon Petersen/Mohammed Latif 3-1
Adrian Lewis v Dennis Smith 3-0
Vincent van der Voort v Matt Clark 3-1
Mervyn King v Darin Young 3-1
Ronnie Baxter v Ricky Evans 3-2

2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship Outright Winner Odds

Correct on 10/12/13

Phil Taylor 10/11 A Monk 300/1
M van Gerwen 3/1 A Smith 300/1
A Lewis 6/1 J Cullen 400/1
R van Barneveld 25/1 C Osborne 500/1
S Whitlock 25/1 M Suljovic 500/1
J Wade 25/1 R Smith 500/1
D Chisnall 33/1 D Petersen 500/1
G Anderson 40/1 K McDine 500/1
K Huybrechts 40/1 S Brown 500/1
A Hamilton 50/1 D Webster 500/1
R Thornton 50/1 R Evans 500/1
J Pipe 66/1 M Dudbridge 500/1
P Wright 66/1 C McGarry 750/1
W Newton 80/1 M Hopp 750/1
M King 100/1 D Young 750/1
P Nicholson 125/1 G Vos 750/1
J Caven 125/1 D Smith 750/1
Kevin Painter 150/1 J Henderson 750/1
I White 150/1 K Anderson 1000/1
R Baxter 150/1 J Komula 1000/1
B Dolan 150/1 T Seyler 1000/1
S Beaton 150/1 M Michels 1000/1
D Winstanley 200/1 A Welge 1000/1
T Jenkins 200/1 M Clark 1000/1
M Webster 200/1 I Moss 1000/1
J Klaasen 200/1 B Anderson 1500/1
S Kellett 200/1 P Laursen 1500/1
J Part 200/1 B Ward 1500/1
V Van De Voort 250/1 R Szabo 2000/1
C Lloyd 250/1 D Lindskjold 2000/1
M Smith 250/1 M Latif Sapup 2000/1
R Burnett 250/1 R Lam 2000/1
R Huybrechts 250/1 P Lim 2000/1
W Jones 250/1 J Barbero 2000/1
M Walsh 300/1 M Hashimoto 2000/1
J Lewis 300/1 Z Lerchbacher 2000/1


Facts About Sky Sports World Darts Championship Coverage

The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is broadcasted live by Sky Sports, whose High Definition coverage from Alexandra Palace is complemented by 3D coverage of the semi-finals and final.

• Sky Sports will cover every dart of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship, with a scheduled 87 hours of action.

• This year, three-time World Champion John Part joins the Sky Sports commentary team (in addition to competing), alongside former players Rod Harrington and Wayne Mardle as expert summarisers.

• Sky Sports will have 23 cameras covering the action, including two super-slow-motion cameras.

• In addition, 11 3D cameras that will be used for the semi-finals and final.

• More than ten miles of camera and sound cables used at Alexandra Palace.

• Sky Sports’ coverage will involve over 130 crew on site.

The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is also shown live worldwide through the following broadcast partners:
RTL7 in the Netherlands
Sport1 in Germany
OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) across the Middle East
FOX SPORTS in Australia
Sky New Zealand

Coverage is also live online through www.LIVEPDC.TV for International Pass Subscribers outside of the UK, Ireland and Holland, while highlights packages are also shown worldwide post-event in over 100 countries.

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