MVG v Smith: Your Guide to the PDC World Darts Championship Betting Odds

December 31, 2018

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No, we’re not talking about fireworks and fizz for your New Year’s celebrations, we’re talking the PDC World Darts Championship final between Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith.

Darts World Championship Betting Odds

MVG 1/4, Michael Smith 3/1 (Betfred – odds subject to change)

The two men have played out some Christmas classics on the way to the final, which is why we’re bringing you our full preview to the action.

The Green Machine that is Michael van Gerwen has proved his class to only drop a one set in each of his matches so far, while Michael Smith has been in fine form with an incredible 51 180’s already landed.

Michael van Gerwen

Second round: 3-1 v Alan Tabern

Third round: 4-1 v Max Hopp

Fourth round: 4-1 v Adrian Lewis

Quarter-finals: 5-1 v Ryan Joyce

Semi-finals: 5-1 v Gary Anderson

Michael Smith

Second round: 3-1 v Ron Meulenkamp

Third round: 4-2 v John Henderson

Fourth round: 4-1 v Ryan Searle

Quarter-finals: 5-1 v Luke Humphries

Semi-finals: 6-3 v Nathan Aspinall

Match Preview

Much like England at the World Cup, Smith has probably had the more favourable route to the final, although his 6-3 victory over Nathan Aspinall in the semi-final was a much tougher test than Gary Anderson gave to MVG at the same point in the tournament.

There’s two ways you can read in to that. Either Smith is warmed-up to battle it out in the final, or he’s going to struggle with MVG still likely to be feeling fresh from what was a rather routine semi-final victory.

TV Coverage: Sky Sports (2000 GMT)

Format: Best of 13 sets

Either way, both men came into the tournament with a bit of a point to prove and will want to put their doubters to bed by getting their hands on the silverware.

Rather remarkably, MVG was being questioned for only winning three major trophies this year, but just two weeks later, those critics are already back in their box as he has the chance to become just the first man since Phil Taylor to win the PDC world championship more than twice.

As for Michael Smith, he was beaten fair and square by MVG in the Premier League final this year and although he’s made big strides in 2018, he threw away match darts against James Wade in the World Series of Darts finals and that could come back to haunt him.

Van Gerwen has won 25 of his 31 meetings with Smith, and is 7-2 up from their nine games this calendar year. Given one of those came in the shape of the Premier League final, it’s going to take something special from Smith on the oche at the Ally Pally.

Van Gerwen is formidable when he’s in this kind of form and even a player like Smith can be put to bed in no time.

It’s a match that is likely to have plenty of twists and turns, like most finals, but it’s hard to see anything but Michael van Gerwen following in the footsteps of the great Phil Taylor.

Here’s where you can find all the bookmakers offering the best PDC World Championship betting odds

Author: Luke

As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.

Twitter @lukeparky2

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