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World Cup of Darts: England can reclaim crown in Frankfurt

Phil 'The Power' Taylor can lead England to a third World Cup triumph

The World Cup of Darts 2015 is almost upon us, so runs the rule over the contenders for the crown

Frankfurt is bracing itself for an influx of enthusiastic darts fans, as the fifth World Cup of Darts take place from the 11th to the 14th of June, with 32 nations ready to clash for the crown.

As the excitement builds in Germany, highlight five picks from the favourites and dark horses who can light up futuristic cityscape Frankfurt.

As two-time winners from just four World Cups, England’s dream team of Stoke-born stars Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis is a pairing that can prove fruitful again.

The Power, number two in the world, thrives on the big stage and, having clocked up 43 180s in Premier League Darts this season, is 5/2 with tournament sponsor Bwin to get the most maximums in Frankfurt. With a potentially easier path to the finals than rivals Scotland and the Netherlands, who may meet, England are a great shout at 2/1 with Paddy Power to win the whole thing.

Premier League Darts Dutch superstars, who squared-up in this year’s play-off semi-finals, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld team up to defend the title, having triumphed in Hamburg in 2014, when they smashed England 3-0.

In a Doubles decider in the semis against Northern Ireland, the in-form pair recorded the highest ever average in the tournament with 117.88, and are 13/8 with bet365 to retain their trophy to thus gain the Netherlands’ third.

Premier League holder and world champion Gary Anderson partners up with Peter Wright to give the Scots a 7/2 chance with Bet Victor, and a win would be the perfect chance to put the cherry on top of what has been a sensational year for the Flying Scotsman. However, Wright finished second-bottom of the Premier League, making this duo rather unbalanced in comparison to the Dutch.

Belgian half-brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts finished a surprise second in Hamburg in 2013 and also made the quarter-finals last time out, so clearly have a taste for the World Cup.

Kim was also named as wildcard for the Premier League this year, his first ever appearance in the competition, and can use that experience to help his nation, who are a best market price of 25/1 to win with Coral, though it may not be enough.

Northern Ireland
Brendan Dolan and Michael Mansell unite again for Northern Ireland, and are more than capable of causing an upset, after powering past Malaysia, Japan and Scotland before falling to eventual winners the Netherlands in the 2014 semis.

Dolan did, however, shockingly defeat dynamo Van Gerwen 4-3 in the singles contest, so Northern Ireland will be more than confident they can take on the best again and are 40/1 outsiders from Sky Bet to capture their first World Cup. recommended bet: we really fancy England, with their potentially easier route and experienced pair Taylor and Lewis, @ 2/1 with Paddy Power to win the World Cup.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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