PDC World Darts Championship odds, tips and predictions including Michael Van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price

Gerwyn Price is aiming for a second world title (PA Archive)

Michael Van Gerwen is the favorite for this year’s PDC World Darts Championship, but the Dutchman will face stiff competition in the hunt for the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The likes of defending champion Peter Wright, who got the better of Michael Smith in a thrilling Final 7 last year, and 2021 champion Gerwyn Price are favorites with £500,000 up for grabs for the winner.

In the build-up to the tournament, Van Gerwen has hit back at critics who argue he should have more than three world titles given his talent, but the 33-year-old maintains he has nothing to prove.

“Of course I want to add more, but as long as I keep winning tournaments, the world championships will follow,” he told the PA news agency. “It’s like that, keep believing in yourself. People always say do this or do that, I’ve won four big tournaments this season so I’m not complaining. I’m doing well. From this moment, there is only more to come.

“I have nothing to prove, what I’ve done at darts for the past 10 or 15 years, everyone knows what I’m capable of. I just want to do what I love the most and that’s play the best I can. Here is the schedule for the 2023 World Darts Championship:

2022/23 World Darts Championship odds – as of 21 December

Michel van Gerwen 5/2

Michael Smith 11/2

Gerwyn Award 13/2

Pierre Wright10/1

Luke Humphries 14/1

Josh Rock 16/1

Jonny Clayton 18/1

Dmitri Van den Bergh 25/1

Nathan Aspinal 28/1

Dirk van Duijvenbode 33/1

Rob Cross 33/1

Danny Nopert 33/1

Dave Chisnal 33/1

Joe Cullen 40/1

Damon Heta 40/1

Gary Anderson 40/1

Raymond van Barneveld 50/1

James Wade 50/1

Ross Smith 66/1

Ryan Searle 66/1

Chris Dobey 80/1

Jose De Sousa 80/1

Alan Soutar 100/1

Via betting fair

Prediction

We go with Michael van Gerwen (9/4 pre-tournament) he’s back in the kind of form that made him the greatest player of his generation with four major titles this year making him a tough man to bet.

But Michael Smith (7/1) might just be the people’s choice after heartbreaking last year against Wright. Reinvigorated after stringing together a string of eight major final defeats to finally clinch Grand Slam glory, Bully Boy’s time could be now. But Smith could get in trouble with the likes of Luke Humphries, Dave Chisnall and Joe Cullen, creating tricky barriers on his way to the final.

A dark horse or one to watch? It has to be Nathan Aspinall (33/1). Asp are mentally stronger after coming through their injury nightmare and now have the results to back it up, having made the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam finals, which means some value each way could be found in Stockport Man.

Granted, Josh Rock (16/1) is one for the future and the 21-year-old will be eager to make some noise here, but his chances as the sixth seed make him a daunting choice for bettors, but the fans will lick their lips. in a potential second-round match with Callan Rydz, which could validate all of the title credentials.

2022/23 World Darts Championship

Game schedule

Thursday, December 15 (7:00 p.m. GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Mickey Mansell 3-1 Ben Robb (R1)

Keane Barry 1-3 Grant Sampson (R1)

Jermaine Wattimena 2-3 Nathan Rafferty (R1)

Peter Wright 3-0 Mickey Mansell (R2)

Friday, December 16

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Alan Soutar 3-0 Mal Cuming (R1)

Boris Krcmar 3-0 Toru Suzuki (R1)

Adrian Lewis 3-0 Daniel Larsson (R1)

Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Grant Sampson (R2)

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Rowby-John Rodriguez 2-3 Lourence Ilagan (R1)

William O’Connor 3-0 Beau Greaves (R1)

Keegan Brown 2-3 Florian Hempel (R1)

Michael Smith 3-0 Nathan Rafferty (R2)

saturday december 17

Afternoon session (11:00 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Martin Lukeman 3-0 Nobuhiro Yamamoto (R1)

Simon Whitlock 3-2 Christian Perez (R1)

Adam Gawlas 3-2 Richie Burnett (R1)

Daryl Gurney 0-3 Alan Soutar (R2)

Evening session (2000 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Ryan Meikle 3-2 Lisa Ashton (R1)

Cameron Menzies 3-1 Diogo Portela (R1)

Josh Rock 3-1 Jose Justicia (R1)

Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-0 Lourence Ilagan (R2)

Sunday, December 18

Afternoon session (11:00 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Madars Razma 3-1 Prakash Jiwa (R1)

Karel Sedlacek 3-0 Raymond Smith (R1)

Luke Woodhouse 3-0 Vladyslav Omelchenko (R1)

Damon Heta 3-0 Adrian Lewis (R2)

Evening session (2000 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Mike De Decker 3-1 Jeff Smith (R1)

Scott Williams 3-1 Ryan Joyce (R1)

Matt Campbell 0-3 Danny Baggish (R1)

Nathan Aspinall 3-1 Boris Krcmar (R2)

Monday, December 19

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Andrew Gilding 3-2 Robert Owen (R1)

Danny Jansen 3-2 Paolo Nebrida (R1)

Niels Zonneveld 0-3 Lewy Williams (R1)

Jose de Sousa 3-2 Simon Whitlock (R2)

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Geert Nentjes 1-3 Leonard Gates (R1)

Ritchie Edhouse 2-3 David Cameron (R1)

Steve Beaton 0-3 Danny van Trijp (R1)

Gerwyn Price 3-1 Luke Woodhouse (R2)

Tuesday, December 20 (7:00 p.m. GMT)

3x first round, 1x second round

Jim Williams 3-2 Sebastian Bialecki (R1)

Jamie Hughes 1-3 Jimmy Hendriks (R1)

Ricky Evans 3-1 Fallon Sherrock (R1)

Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Ryan Meikle (R2)

Wednesday, December 21

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

2x first round, 2x second round

John O’Shea 2-3 Darius Labanauskas (R1)

Martijn Kleermaker 3-0 Xicheng Han (R1)

Callan Rydz 0-3 Josh Rock (R2)

Dave Chisnall 3-1 Andrew Gilding (R2)

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

4x second round

Mervyn King 3-2 Danny Baggish

Gabriel Clemens 3-0 William O’Connor

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Lewy Williams

Stephen Bunting 3-1 Leonard Gates

Thursday, December 22

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

4x second round

Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 Danny Jansen

Ryan Searle 3-0 Adam Gawlas

Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Mike De Decker

Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-2 Karel Sedlacek

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

4x second round

Gary Anderson 3-1 Madars Razma

James Wade 2-3 Jim Williams

Luke Humphries vs. Florian Hempel

Vincent van der Voort vs. Cameron Menzies

Friday, December 23

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

4x second round

Brendan Dolan vs. Jimmy Hendriks

Chris Dobey vs. Martijn Kleermaker

Ross Smith vs. Darius Labanauskas

Rob Cross vs. Scott Williams

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

4x second round

Martin Schindler vs. Martin Lukeman

Danny Noppert vs. David Cameron

Jonny Clayton vs. Danny Van Trijp

Joe Cullen vs. Ricky Evans

tuesday 27 december

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

3x third round

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs. Krzysztof Ratajski

Nathan Aspinall vs. Josh Rock

Clayton/Beaton/Van Trijp v Dolan/Hughes/Hendriks

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

3x third round

Jim Williams vs. Gabriel Clemens

Gerwyn Price vs. Raymond Van Barneveld

Peter Wright vs. Kim Huybrechts

Wednesday, December 28

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

3x third round

Ryan Searle vs Jose De Sousa

Noppert/Edhouse/Cameron vs. Alan Soutar

Gary Anderson vs. Dobey/Kleermaker/Han

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

3x third round

Cullen/Evans vs. Damon Heta

Michael Van Gerwen vs Mensur Suljovic

Michael Smith vs. Schindler/Lukeman

Thursday, December 29

Afternoon session (12:30 GMT)

3x third round

Dirk Van Duijvenbode vs. Smith/O’Shea/Labanauskas

Cross/S Williams/Joyce vs. Mervyn King

Dave Chisnall vs. Stephen Bunting

Evening session (19:00 GMT)

1x third round, 2x fourth round

Humphries/K Brown/Hempel vs. Van der Voort/Menzies/Portela

Fourth round matches on December 29 and 30 to be confirmed

Game schedule subject to change. Any changes will be reported on pdc.tv and via official PDC social media channels.

Format

First round – Best of five sets

Second Round – Best of Five Sets

Third Round – Best of Seven Sets

Fourth Round – Best of Seven Sets

Quarter-finals – Best of nine sets

Semi-finals – Best of 11 sets

Final – Best of 13 sets

2022/23 World Darts Championship odds – as of 21 December

Michel van Gerwen 5/2

Michael Smith 11/2

Gerwyn Award 13/2

Pierre Wright10/1

Luke Humphries 14/1

Josh Rock 16/1

Jonny Clayton 18/1

Dmitri Van den Bergh 25/1

Nathan Aspinal 28/1

Dirk van Duijvenbode 33/1

Rob Cross 33/1

Danny Nopert 33/1

Dave Chisnal 33/1

Joe Cullen 40/1

Damon Heta 40/1

Gary Anderson 40/1

Raymond van Barneveld 50/1

Ross Smith 66/1

Ryan Searle 66/1

Chris Dobey 80/1

Jose De Sousa 80/1

Alan Soutar 100/1

Via betting fair

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