How the Bookies See it:
- Glen Durrant, the BDO’s top player, won his first world title last year after beating Danny Noppert 7-3 in the final. He has continued to achieve some notable results, including a run to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts, which features all the top players from the rival PDC tour.
- Danny Noppert has had a quiet year since making it to the 2017 final and has seen his world ranking slump, but he did win the Finder Darts Masters in December to hint at a return to form.
- Second seed Mark McGeeney has a poor record at the World Championship, having never previously made it past the second round, but he has had a strong year and finished as runner-up at the 2017 World Masters.
- Veteran Martin Adams has the best record of anyone in the tournament with three previous titles, while Scott Waites is a two-time winner. However, neither man is currently in the world’s top 16.
Glen Durrant is clearly the man to beat and, with a switch to the PDC rumoured to be imminent, will be targeting a final hurrah. However, the odds of a Durrant victory are close to evens and do not look too attractive, especially with the potential banana skin of a second-round meeting against the dangerous 16th seed Darryl ‘The Dazzler’ Fitton.
Unfortunately for punters, many of the other contenders have even trickier draws after being pitted together early on. If 2017 finalist Danny Noppert comes through a preliminary round and then a clash with Richie Edwards, he will face either second seed Mark McGeeney or three-time winner Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams. Scott Waites, meanwhile, has been drawn against No.5 seed Ross Montgomery in the first round. Sixth seed Geert De Vos, on the other hand, is not in a bad section of the draw and can be backed at around 16/1.
Sports.net’s Top Tip:
Geert De Vos to win the World Darts Championship
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.