Michael van Gerwen is head and shoulders above everyone else in the darts world right now
On 3 January 2016, we’re likely to hear the familiar strands of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes blasted out of the speakers at Alexandra Palace.
We’re likely to see a slightly overweight Dutchman in a bright green shirt take to the stage, give the crowd a wave and then produce yet another stunning master class of darts.
Michael van Gerwen is the new king of the darts world, having enjoyed a near-flawless 2015 which has seen the 26-year-old enjoy triumphs in the Masters, the UK Open, World Matchplay, European Championship and Grand Slam of Darts.
The Grand Slam win was particularly impressive, with MVG destroying the likes of Michael Smith and Kim Huybrechts on his way to the final before coming from behind to beat Phil Taylor.
Van Gerwen rarely has an off-day and appears to be coming to the calendar’s biggest fixture in the best possible form, with Mighty Mike destined to avoid Gary Anderson in the draw although a semi-final against Taylor might just happen.
MVG is currently a 6/4 chance to win his second World Championship title at William Hill, inclusive of their free bet offer, having landed the 2014 crown before losing to Anderson nearly twelve months ago at the semi-final stage.
The Scotsman will return to the scene of his greatest success and we shouldn’t forget that he is also the Premier League champion. Since then, the 44-year-old has been bang average in the major tournaments, with second round exits in the GSOD, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix.
As for Taylor, they say you can never write him off. Well here is me officially writing him off for this tournament. The Power might have lost in the final to Anderson last year but we’re talking about someone who has won just one world championship in the past five.
Phil isn’t getting any better. He’s still one of the best in the world, although he holds no majors coming into this event and is best avoided.
Indeed, it’s hard to see who can live with Van Gerwen at the darts World Championship. The best chance of beating him might be in the early rounds where they play best of five sets, although that is when MVG is going to be facing the lesser players.
Adrian Lewis has two World Championship crowns to his name although the last of these was four years ago and he’s had just two meaningful tournament wins since then.
James Wade produced the goods at the World Matchplay but seems destined to be the perennial bridesmaid on the Ally Pally stage.
Indeed, it seems to be a year where it pays to go with the form horse and odds of 6/4 seem perfectly fair considering it will return you a 150% yield on your stake.
BETTING TIP: Michael van Gerwen to win @ 6/4 with William Hill