2019 Darts World Championship: Ones to watch from each quarter
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are the three big names at the top of the betting for the 2019 PDC Darts World Championship – and rightfully so.
But as last year showed with Rob Cross lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy for the first time, there are often shocks aplenty at the Alexandra Palace.
With that in mind, we’ve picked out our four outsiders to follow from each quarter of the draw.
Quarter 1 – James Wade – 7/1
Beware the form horse. Three-time World Championship semi-finalist Wade is on the prowl and he’s hungry for his first major win since 2014.
Why are we looking at a 40/1 shot for the tournament in the same quarter of the draw as van Gerwen? All you have to do is look at the Machine’s recent form on the box.
Wade has triumphed in both the World Series of Darts Finals and the European Championship since the start of October.
With consistency back in his game and stability at home, the in-form 35-year-old is a nice price at 7/1 to win Quarter 1.
Quarter 2 – Daryl Gurney – 5/1
Tournament second-favourite Gary Anderson is 4/7 to win Quarter 2. But there’s more than enough reason to think that Daryl Gurney could give the Scotsman a run for his money.
The Northern Irishman will not only be buoyant after landing the Ladbrokes Players Championship last month. He’ll also fancy his chances based on recent head-to-head clashes against Anderson.
Gurney has won five of his last seven matches against the Scotsman. That includes a 3-0 success in sets at this year’s World Grand Prix in Dublin.
The pair will both have to come through three rounds to set up a quarter-final meeting on 29th December. 33/1 shot for the tournament Gurney will fancy his chances if they both reach that far.
Quarter 3 – Jeffrey de Zwaan – 12/1
Make no mistake. Quarter 3 is tough. Michael Smith, Mensur Suljovic, Rob Cross and Dimitri Van den Bergh are all vying to get through from this section of the draw.
Yet 12/1 shot de Zwaan piques our interest. The Dutchman may be ranked 44 in the world but he’s certainly made a name for himself on the TV this year.
The Black Cobra has beaten MVG in two separate majors and showed his class further to reach the semi-finals of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.
There are questions over the 22-year-old’s consistency in set-play. But after such an encouraging year on the big stage, de Zwaan makes plenty of appeal here – albeit with a difficult draw.
Quarter 4 – Joe Cullen – 8/1
There’s a degree of risk in suggesting a man who has never gone beyond the last-32 at Ally Pally can make it through to the quarter-finals. However, this could be Joe Cullen’s time to shine.
The Rockstar has climbed to 14 in the world and is starting to add consistency on his doubles to a powerful scoring game. Now the question is whether he can string it together on the biggest stage.
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