The 2020/21 World Dart Championships will again feature 96 top international players. Each will be competing for the first prize of £500,000 and the Sid Wadell World Darts Trophy.
The World Darts Championship begins on 15th December and finishes early in the new year, 3rd January 2021. Live coverage can be seen via Sky Sports channels, and again Sky will have a dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel running 24/7 over this festive period. If you have a Sky box but not Sky Sports you can add the Sports Package for just one month! This could be a nice Christmas present to yourself?
COVID has put a stop to most of this year's regular venue events, but the light seems to be at the end of the tunnel as the PDC event team are trying their best to have spectators at the even, even if this means a reduced number of fans.
Many players have put the lockdown to good use and have ironed out some of their minor doubling or high scoring issues. Playing 501 all the time won't make you the best dart player so many turn to additional practice routines and occasional play other dartboard games such as 180 around the clock, cricket and when feeling competitive horse racing games such as the Gand National. If you like the odd bet on the gee-gees, then you can find bonus offers for horse betting on horsebetting.com you never know you might be a runner way winner.
The World Darts Championships will again feature at least two ladies. Lisa Ashton and Deta Headman qualified for the 2021 event via a new PDC Women's Series of events. Queen of the Place Fallon Sherrock narrowly missed out on qualification this year. Fallon tired with Deta on the monetary standings at the end of the Women's Series, but Deta had had the bigger leg difference and will make her way to the Ally Pally later this year.
Ladies darts has grown since Fallon famously dismissed two players in last years World Championship, and Gerwyn Price narrowly missed defeat when he faced current BDO World Champion Mikuru Suzuki at the Grand Slam of Darts. Mikuru missed four match darts and allowed the Ice Man back in to clinch the match. You can be sure there will be some big money on the ladies this year. Although they may not be lifting the trophy at the end of the two weeks, are likely to win a round or two.
Defending Champion Peter Wright will be a contender to retain his title. However, his current form may suggest he isn't the force he was twelve months ago. Never the less Peter rises to the big occasion, and if we are graced with fans at the venue, then this will only help Peter.
Many will tip the Ice Man this year. Price has shown he hasn't been putting his feet up during lockdown, he has been practising, and it shows. The Welshman currently third in the PDC Order of Merit could find himself in the No.1 spot if he takes the title. Having wone the World Grand Prix, The World Series of Darts plus the World Cup this year it is clear to many Price knows how to win.
Lockdown has treated some better than others. Mighty Mike is one that now looks a little vulnerable. Once considered to be virtually unbeatably, the Dutchman has come up short this year, most notably in the Premier League when he missed out on the final cut.
The Premier League had several consecutive days of play that suited some, but not others. Little time to turn around a defeat. Having been in the previous seven finals winning the previous four, Michael found himself in a strange situation that has seemed to have affected his play ever since. The once so sure is not so sure now. Can he turn this around at the World Championships? I am sure he can!
Glen has excited the once-dominant field of players. Having won three back-to-back BDO World titles, Glen made a move to the PDC in 2019. His has beaten MVG on several occasion and head to head your money would have to be on Glen winning again.
Glen won the 2020 Premier League at his first attempt. First winning the round-robin phase then went on to beat Nathan Aspinall 11-8 in the final. Glen looked like he had found his feet, then COVID hit him. Glen was out for a couple of weeks, and although free from the virus, it seems he has not got back to his winning ways. If fit, Glen must be one of the players to watch as he could be one of the few to lift both the BDO World title and the PDC World title.
Fancy Dress with a face mask might be the order of thing for this year World Championship. However, the UK Government will need to give its go-ahead for fans to attend the venue. If they do, numbers are likely to be limited so register your interest with the PDC if you would like to attend.
Whether fans can attend or not, the PDC has shown the live world sport can take place behind closed doors in a safe and well-managed environment.
The 2021 Premier League has scheduled events and all being okay things can hopefully return to normal the earlier part of 2021