The World Championship Darts betting is almost upon us with the tournament set to begin on Thursday 14 December. Darts betting fans are already heavily backing Michael van Gerwen for the title.The odds on Van Gerwen to win the World Championship Darts is dropping by the day. He is now 8/11 to claim the title. But there are hundreds of other markets available for the darts this Christmas, including betting in play on every match LIVE. And, with this in mind, it’s worth taking a look at some of the first-round matches you should be considering for the tournament.
World Championship Darts betting
The first round of the World Championship Darts usually has some one-sided affairs, meaning odds are likely to be heavily weighted in one direction. But there are some tricky encounters for some of the world’s top seeds to overcome.
Benito van de Pas v Steve West
Dutchman Van de Pas is the 14th seed for the World Championship Darts and 250/1 to win the tournament. He won’t. However, for the past three years the 24-year-old has reached the last-16 of this tournament. That is no mean feat and proves he is a reliable bet when seeking good darts tips for the World Championship. Van de Pas is 11/20 to beat West, over whom he has a 3-1 record. This is a smart bet.
Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch
This is a preliminary round tie on 19th December for the right to face Adrian Lewis in the first round. Russia’s Oreshkin has only made one appearance at the World Championship Darts — he reached the last-64 in 2016. He won the Russian qualifier to make it this far and also claimed the WDF World Cup in Paris back in October. But Kevin Munch is a much more experienced darts player at this level and reached the German Darts Masters last-16 two months ago. This one is a bit of a toss up but Munch should shave this at evens.
Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker
This is a tricky match-up for Klaasen. He faces Dutch compatriot Dekker in possibly this most even of the first-round matches. These men have never met on such a high-profile PDC oche so this could be an interesting encounter. Klaasen heads into the World Championship Darts having failed to make a quarter-final berth in any of his last 10 tournaments. His best success recently was a last-16 exit at the European Championship in October. Dekker has faired little better recently, although he did make the Players Championship Finals quarters on his last outing. That should give him confidence and Dekker is worth considering here at 33/20.
World Championship Darts combination bet
The best way to get the most out of Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor’s odds is to clump them in a combination bet. The PDC best players all have tiny odds in the first round so they should be combined.
Back the favourite in these five matches to go through:
Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist (1/100)
Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey (2/15)
Alan Norris v Kim Viljanen (1/4)
James Wade v Keegan Brown (1/5)
Peter Wright v Diogo Portela (1/25)
A €10 bet returns €17.96 — not bad for backing the dead certs.