What a difference a day makes! The William World Darts Championships 2020/21 will now be played behind closed doors after today’s opening night. The UK Government have place London in tier 3 following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. As from 00.01 Wednesday 16, the Alexandra Palace venue cannot accept fans. This is a big blow to anyone that has purchased tickets. However, all fans will receive an automatic ticket refund. A further review will take place on December 23, but this situation is unlikely to change.
The good news is the World Darts Championships will be shown live in 23 countries and countries that can’t receive a broadcast can sign up to the PDCTV internet stream.
Fans will still be able to place bets on their favourite players via many online bookmakers, and new bonus offers can still be obtained.
If you not sure who is on form or what to place your money on, then the bookmakers will give you the latest odds.
Defending World Darts Champion, Peter Wright has had a hit and miss year, although should he show the form, he demonstrated in the 2019/20 championships then he will be a contender. However, you are unlikely to gain any odds on the number of different sets of darts he might use.
Peter is renowned for changing his darts equipment even in the course of a match! However, it doesn’t seem to matter which set of darts Peter plays with as he could probably play with nails and nit 180s.
An on/off-season for Peter but he is likely to be in the mix at the business end of the tournament.
The young Dutchman has won this event three times and been in the final five. He has just won the players championship, so he is on form although he showed his venerability in the Premier League earlier in the year and didn’t qualify for the play-off finals for the first time in eight years.
Micheal is his biggest critic, and he wants to retain his No.1 sport in the PDC Order of Merit. A win will secure the sport, but a loss may see Mighty Mike full down the ranking.
Phil Taylor has picked Adrian to do well in the 2020/21 World Darts Tournament. However, despite a return to form following a back operation, Adrian hasn’t lifted any silverware for a while. Could Adrian be a dark horse in this year’s event? I am not sure he will be, but when should he show the form, he produced in 2011 and 2012 then no one will stop him.
Adrian will be looking to do well in this year’s event to boost his current ranking position.
I think it is a matter of time before the Welshman wins the World Championship. The former rugby star holds no fear when it comes to darts. Love him or hate him; any true darts fan can not be unimpressed with his ability to throw a dart.
Early this year Gerwyn won the World Grand Prix and the World Cup team event for Wales. Expect high scoring and lots of 180s from the iceman, and I reckon he could do well this year.
Glen seems to go under the radar, but the former three-time back-to-back BDO World Darts Champions has already been crowned Premier League Champion this year. Glen would be a good bet, but after suffering from COVID-19 after his Premier League win, he hasn’t found his form and lost in some early round. It will be a case of if Glen is fit and fully recovered, he stands a great chance of winning his first PDC World Championship title.
The Scot has self-isolated following a recent encounter with a COVID positive person (unnamed) and will start his campaign for the world title later than was first published. Gary is due to play his first match on December 23.
Gary decided not to travel to the European Championships early this year due to fear of catching the virus during travel. His form, like Peter Wright’s, has not been the best, but the World Championships always brings the best out of him.
The PDC has been at the forefront of British sport by playing events behind closed doors and showing these vents on TV and internet stream. Although things won’t seem quite the same will the thousands of fans dressed in a fancy dress having a party of a lifetime. The serious business of World Championship darts will remain.
With £2.5 million in prize money, and £500,000 going to the winner, the PDC World Darts Championships stands out as one of the biggest sports events of the year.