The Ally Pally might not be alive and kicking to the sound of Festive-fuelled supporters, but upon the oche, the action has already unwrapped some Christmas crackers at the PDC World Championship.
There are plenty more games to come in the second round as well, so we’re taking a look at the latest outright odds for the tournament and the best bets to have.
Don’t forget that with the darts, you have the opportunity to bet live during the match as well, so if suddenly your star man falls behind, you’ve still got the chance to bet on him making a comeback.
Match Odds: Gerwen 1/10, Murray 10/1
2019 World champion Michael van Gerwen will be hoping to come out on top in the PDC World Championship and is currently the 23/10 favourite with the bookies to be crowned champ.
Few would bet against him as well after soaring through the Players Championship last time to beat Mervyn King 11-10 in the final. When the Dutchman is in form, there are few better, and Scotland’s Ryan Murray will have more than a tough task on his hands in Saturday’s big match.
Murray opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over 42-year-old Lourence Ilagan and will need to step up again to beat Van Gerwen. He had a three-shot average of 87.11 in that first-round tie, something that would have to improve considerably to match the 100+ average of MVG.
Match Odds: Price 1/5, Lewis 43/10
This could be a classic as two Welshman go head to head at the Ally Pally. World number three Gerwyn Price is well fancied to take the victory, but the handy Jamie Lewis will certainly give him something to think about.
Lewis is only ranked 63rd in the world, but he got the better of the 51st ranked Lewis Woodhouse in the opening round, and that will have done his confidence in the world of good ahead of his matchup with his fellow countryman.
Gerwyn Price, on the other hand, was narrowly beaten 11-8 by van Gerwen in the semi-finals of the Players Championship last time and will be keen to go a few better in the World Champs.
Up until last year, he’d never been past the third round at the Ally Pally, but a semi-final visit last term will have Price hoping for more of the same.
Match Odds: Van de Voort 7/10, Meulenkamp 25/19
If an all-Welsh tie wasn’t enough excitement for the second round, then a head to head between two of the best Dutch players will certainly get you in the mood for Christmas.
Vincent Van der Voort certainly has experience on his side, but at 45 years of age, he is still yet to get past the quarter-finals at the PDC World Championship. That last came in 2015, and he actually exited the tournament at this stage last year.
He’ll be hoping to do much better than that, but in Meulenkamp he has a tricky tie on his hands, and the 32-year-old will want to improve on his own record at the Ally Pally.
Match Odds: Ratajski 4/9, Joyce 21/10
The betting has this as a fairly close encounter, and that is exactly how it might pan out with the world number 15 taking on the world’s number 37.
Ryan Joyce got off the mark with a 3-2 victory over Karel Sedlacek in the first round and was unlucky not to progress further when beaten 6-4 by Andy Boulton at the Players Championship recently.
However, Ratajski is a class act on his day, and despite also being beaten by Boulton in his last outing, he’ll be confident of having enough to beat Joyce here.