Luke Humphries will start as the favourite in front of three-time champion Michael van Gerwen at the World Darts Championship 2023/24.
2021 winner Gerwyn Price is the other player priced at short odds with bookmakers, who have the trio leading the field in the market for the London showpiece.
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Backers of Price might take encouragement from reigning champion Michael Smith’s status as the third-favourite before last year’s tournament, beating hot favourite Van Gerwen in the final.
Smith is fourth-favourite this time, with odds compilers pricing Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall as the dark horses.
The Sporting News previews the tournament below with our prediction and best bets.
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World Darts Championship key facts
- Date: Friday, December 15 – Wednesday, January 3 2024
- Start time: Full schedule
- Location: Alexandra Palace (London, England)
- Reigning champion: Michael Smith
World Darts Championship prediction, odds
- Prediction: Michael van Gerwen (+380)
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*Odds correct as on December 11.
World Darts Championship best bet
- Pick: Gary Anderson to reach the final
- Odds: +800 (DraftKings)
Gary Anderson and Gerwyn Price look strong favourites to emerge from the second quarter and produce a fourth-round meeting between two in-form players.
The Scotsman can be backed to beat Price in front of a crowd that is sure to be partisan in his favour and go all the way for a fourth time during a year when Anderson holds the highest annual average in ranking tournaments, of just under 99 points per turn.
After beating Price to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam of Darts in November — he was then knocked out 16-14 by Humphries — Anderson suggested he felt more comfortable with his game than he had for some time. He won the 2015 and 2016 championships and has been runner-up twice since.
World Darts Championship flier bet
- Pick: Luke Humphries most tournament 180s
- Odds: +330 (DraftKings)
There’s little doubt that world number three Humphries looks the standout player entering the tournament, making him a justified favourite.
Given the likelihood of the 28-year-old going far, there are marginally longer odds to be had in backing him to record the most 180s of anyone.
Humphries has won the Grand Slam of Darts and the Players Championship Finals since securing his first major title at the World Grand Prix in October.