The PDC world Darts Championships commence in a few days and I have put a couple of bets on who might win it. The favourites are Michael Van Gerwen at $1.65 , Gary Anderson $7.00 and Phil Taylor $9.00. I have not put any money on them as the TAB are not offering much in the way of odds and also I doubt they can do it.
In Michael Van Gerwen’s case we all now how much he wants it and that desire seems to have got in his way the last two years. If he plays someone who keeps up with him and gets legs sometimes the doubt arrives and his belief seems to falter. I picked it up when Van Barneveld beat him one year. It was in his body language. I believe if someone keeps up with him they will beat him. Not in any other event . Just this one because this is the one you need to say you truly are the top dog. He cannot say he is till he has his hand on the trophy as winner. The last two years it has been Gary Anderson and that must hurt. Your are world number one in the rankings but it means nothing because you are not World Champion. His desire will be strong. His ability will be there. The slight crack in his personality will be there to cause the falter if a player can just keep with him and cause that slight flickering thought in his mind that he might get knocked out again. Or he could just smash everyone and win easy.
Gary Anderson I do not believe is playing as well as he did at this time of year as he did before winning the last two World Championships. He is still good but does not seem quite as good.
There was an interview of Phil Taylor in the Guardian. I think it was the Guardian. One of the UK papers. It was about his preparation for this world championships. He has lost it. It is not that he is old it is that he thinks he is old. I read that and thought for For F**k’s Sake. Take a deep breath, pull back those shoulders and fire yourself up. Your not dead yet. His head is in the past and he is not living in the present. His mongrel, uncompromising, rub it in your face attitude is not there.
So I have my money on Peter Wright. He is good enough and from this distant his mental frame of mind to me is consistent enough to be in with a great chance. He was paying $11.00.
My rough bet is Corey Cadby. Not for his ability because all the players there have ability or at least some ability. My money is on him for attitude. That is always worth a punt. He is paying $151.