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Betting Preview for the PDC World Darts Championship 2022 – Odds and Contender Analysis

| October 7, 2021 6:47 am PDT

The greatest darts players on the planet will flock to London’s iconic Alexandra Palace later this year, as the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship takes center stage.

Despite the name of the tournament, the 2022 World Championship gets underway in 2021. Play begins on December 15, with the final scheduled for January 3.

Gerwyn Price is the reigning champion, having defeated Gary Anderson in last year’s final. Can “The Iceman” defend his title? Will Michael van Gerwen reclaim the crown? Or will we see a brand-new winner this time around?

With the champion taking home a cool £500,000 ($680,000), one thing is certain: this is THE darts tournament that every player wants to win!

If you’re betting on the 2022 World Darts Championship, this preview can help you win money. After looking at the World Championship odds, I analyze all the favorites and also discuss a handful of notable outsiders.

2022 PDC World Darts Championship Odds

Let’s start by checking out the bookmakers’ odds for the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship winner.

I have only included the top 20 names on the list, as there are nearly 100 players taking part. If you want to view the full list of competitors, head over to the best online sports betting sites.

As expected, all the usual suspects are at the top end of the bookies’ World Darts Championship odds list.

Three-time winner Michael van Gerwen (5.50) is the favorite to lift the trophy, while 2020 victor Peter Wright (6.50) joins defending champion Gerwyn Price (6.50) in the top three.

Jose De Sousa (10.00) and Dimitri van den Bergh (11.00) find themselves just outside the group of frontrunners. The prices then take a significant jump to Jonny Clayton (21.00) and the chasing pack.

It’s time to take a closer look at the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship betting favorites.

Can the Mighty MVG Reclaim the Title?

293 days. By Michael van Gerwen’s lofty standards, that’s a long time to wait for a tournament win.

Following a rare dry spell for the Dutchman, he won the Nordic Darts Masters in mid-September – claiming his first title in almost a year.

Although the Nordic Darts Masters is a non-ranking tournament, MVG was clearly emotional after beating Fallon Sherrock 11-7 in the final. Of course, he has won more important titles during his illustrious career. But he needed this one more than ever.

After losing to Jonny Clayton in Premier League semi-finals back in May, van Gerwen suffered another semi-final defeat to Peter Wright in July’s World Matchplay.

Following some tough times, he has now returned to winning ways.

When you look at the bigger picture, MVG has won three of the previous eight World Championship titles – triumphing in 2014, 2017, and 2019. Now that he’s back on track, you would be foolish to bet against him adding a fourth title to his tally.

Price Will Be Desperate to Defend His Crown

Back in January, Gerwyn Price won the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship. As a result, he overtook van Gerwen in the PDC Order of Merit – becoming the world number one in the process.

The past few years must have felt like a whirlwind for “The Iceman”, who only broke into the top 32 in 2016. Since then, however, he has established himself as one of the sport’s most consistent performers.

After cruising through the opening rounds of the previous World Championship, Price beat Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals before dispatching Stephen Bunting in the semi-finals.

The Welshman then produced a dominant display to overcome veteran Gary Anderson in the final. Averaging 100.08, Price beat Anderson 7-3 to clinch the title – underlining his status as one of the best arrowmen on the planet.

Having already proved that he’s got what it takes to go all the way, Price thoroughly deserves his spot among the bookies’ favorites this year.

Gerwyn Price

Will Wright Reign Supreme Once Again?

It’s safe to say that 2020 was a phenomenal year for Peter Wright.

The 51-year-old kick-started 2020 by clinching his first-ever World Championship title before winning both the Masters and European Championship later that year.

However, 2021 didn’t start so brightly. “Snakebite” was eliminated in the third round of the 2021 World Championship, registering the earliest exit by a defending champion since Phil Taylor’s round-of-32 elimination in 2014.

Following a disappointing seventh-place finish in this year’s Premier League, things were looking bleak for Wright. He managed to bounce back in July, though, winning the World Matchplay.

The Scotsman notched a whopping 110.37 average to beat MVG 17-10 in the semi-finals before thrashing Dimitri van den Bergh 18-9 in the final. He averaged 105.90 against van den Bergh, emphasizing his superiority.

Following last year’s failed title defense, Wright will surely be eager to make amends this time around.

De Sousa Could Upset the World Championship Odds

While van Gerwen, Price, and Wright are the rightful favorites to win the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Jose De Sousa have proved that he can compete with the big boys in recent times.

And when I say recent times, I mean recent times.

Despite being 47, the Portuguese arrowman has only risen to prominence in the past couple of years. Still, he has managed to achieve more in that time than most darts players accomplish across an entire career.

After beating MVG in the 2020 PDC European Tour final, De Sousa recorded his first-ever televised nine-darter in the European Championship two weeks later. He then scooped his first major title, winning the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts.

Jose De Sousa’s World Championship Record

  • 2019: First Round (2-3 loss to Michael Barnard)
  • 2020: First Round (0-3 loss to Damon Heta)
  • 2021: Third Round (0-4 loss to Mervyn King)

As you can see, De Sousa’s record in the World Championship doesn’t look pretty. But if he can rediscover the kind of form that saw him finish runner-up in the 2021 Premier League, he could go far this time.

Can Van Den Bergh Go All the Way?

Just like De Sousa, Dimitri van den Bergh is relatively new to the big stage. That said, he has caused a stir since bursting onto the scene.

On tournament debut, the Belgian won the 2020 World Matchplay – beating notable names like Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis, Glen Durrant, and Gary Anderson on his way to claiming the top prize of £115,000 ($157,000).

That win saw him move into the top ten in the world for the very first time – and he has since risen to number five.

The 27-year-old has competed in the past six World Championships, reaching the quarter-finals on two occasions (2018, 2020). He suffered a fourth-round exit last time around, going down 2-4 to Dave Chisnall.

It is worth noting that van den Bergh almost defended his World Matchplay title back in July, only to fall to Wright in the final. Having reached two major finals in the space of 12 months, he will surely fancy his chances of challenging the World Championship favorites.

Dimitri van den Bergh

World Championship Sleepers to Keep an Eye On

Every so often, the World Championship dishes up a surprise winner. I mean, who could forget about Rob Cross’ 7-2 victory over the legendary Phil Taylor back in 2018?

With that in mind, here are some outsiders to consider if you’re betting on the PDC World Darts Championship in 2022.

Jonny Clayton is Enjoying Red-Hot Form

Jonny Clayton beat De Sousa, van Gerwen, Wade, Clayton, and King en route to clinching the 2021 Masters title. A few months later, he secured a remarkable Premier League triumph on debut.

Thanks to his recent heroics, Clayton finds himself just outside the bookies’ five World Championship frontrunners. Having proved that he’s got what it takes to beat the sport’s top players, don’t be shocked to see him go far at Ally Pally.

Never Write Off Gary Anderson

Not only has Gary Anderson won two World Championship titles over the years (2015, 2016), but he has also reached a further three finals (2011, 2017, 2021).

Yes, his best days are arguably behind him. But after going all the way to the final last time around, “The Flying Scotsman” will be confident of upsetting the World Championship odds again.

Let’s not forget that Anderson is still ranked number six in the world!

Title Year(s)
World Championship 2015, 2016
World Matchplay 2018
Premier League 2011, 2015
UK Open 2018
Players Championship Finals 2014
Champions League 2018

Dirk van Duijvenbode Impressed in 2021

Following a run to the 2020 World Grand Prix final, Dirk van Duijvenbode returned to the World Championship stage for the second time in his career in 2021. As it turned out, the Dutchman looked right at home.

The 29-year-old managed to make it to the quarter-finals in the previous edition of the tournament. On top of that, he was the only player to hit two 170 checkouts.

Priced at 41.00 to win in 2022, van Duijvenbode is certainly worth monitoring.

Fallon Sherrock Deserves a Mention

Fresh from losing the final of the Nordic Darts Masters to MVG, Fallon Sherrock has thrust herself back into the limelight once again. Having said that, did she ever really go away?

The 27-year-old has consistently upset the odds over the past couple of years, breaking countless records along the way. She even earned the nickname “Queen of the Palace” after becoming the first-ever female to win a World Championship match.

Fancy backing her to go all the way in 2022? She is priced at a whopping 251.00!

Who Will Win the World Darts Championship in 2022?

When it comes to betting on the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, it is worth remembering that no player has won back-to-back titles in the past five years.

MVG is the only player to have won two titles in that time, meaning the past five World Championships have produced four different champions.

Recent PDC World Darts Championship Winners

  • 2017: Michael van Gerwen
  • 2018: Rob Cross
  • 2019: Michael van Gerwen
  • 2020: Peter Wright
  • 2021: Gerwyn Price

Due to the competitive nature of the sport, it will be extremely difficult for Price to defend his crown in 2022. Of course, he could go all the way again. But the competition is fierce.

If you’re looking for a safe World Darts Championship bet for 2022, look no further than MVG. The legendary Dutchman is back on the map and could easily claim his fourth World Championship title in nine years.

On the flip side, De Sousa, van den Bergh, Clayton, and Anderson all feel like solid outside picks for the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship. Backing one – or more than one – of them could prove to be very profitable.

For further advice about gambling on the sport, make sure you check out our ultimate darts betting guide. The guide contains the best darts betting sites, useful darts betting tips, and so much more.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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