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Premier League finalists Luke Littler & Luke Humphries 11/4 & 7/2 for World Darts Championship glory

Luke Littler has been priced up as the 11/4 favourite to follow up his Premier League triumph by becoming World Darts Champion in 2025, with Luke Humphries 7/2 to retain his title.

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‘The Nuke’ produced a stunning nine-dart finish as he defeated 'Cool Hand' Humphries 11-7 on Thursday night to claim his first major televised title on a record-breaking night at London’s O2 Arena.

Littler, who was included in the Premier League for the first time this year after his run to the Alexandra Palace final in January, capped off a dream debut campaign by storming to victory in front of 14,000 fans in the capital - the biggest UK crowd in PDC history.

The Bahrain Masters winner succumbed to an agonising defeat against Humphries in the 2024 World Championship showpiece, but avenged that defeat in remarkable fashion against a player who is 7/2 to successfully defend his world crown early next year.

“I’m a major winner! It feels incredible,” reflected Littler, who averaged 105.60 and crashed in nine 180s to secure the biggest title of his career.

"It’s so good to win in front of my family. I was saying to Luke, I didn’t know what to do after I won! There were people doubting me when I was selected, but now I’ve picked up the trophy. They’re not doubting me anymore!

“I have been practising really hard today,” he added. “I was so focused, and I’m just so happy to add my name to the list of major winners.”

Littler punished a profligate start from Humphries to race into a 2-0 lead, but the world number one opened his account with an 11-dart break in leg three, before restoring parity at two apiece.

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- Luke Humphries is the 7/2 second favourite to defend his World Darts Championship title next January -

‘The Nuke’ hit back with legs of 12, 13 and 11 darts on throw to retain the initiative, although a tenacious Humphries - aided by a crucial 116 finish in leg eight - levelled at 5-5 at the interval.

However, Littler then conjured up a staggering spell to pull clear, returning from the break with a nine-darter, to become only the second player alongside Phil Taylor to achieve perfection in a Premier League final.

He then backed up his nine-dart heroics with legs of 14 and 12 darts to move 8-5 ahead, and another 12-dart hold in leg 15 moved him to within two legs of history.

Humphries refused to relent though and delivered an outrageous tops-tops 134 finish to reduce the arrears to 7-9, but an inspired Littler wasn’t to be denied, wrapping up proceedings with back-to-back 13-darters.

“I was trying to stick in there, but credit to Luke, he was fantastic there,” reflected a gracious Humphries, who averaged 102.47 in defeat.

“Tonight Luke was much stronger than I was, and if you look at the season as a whole, he deserved to be Premier League champion.

“I think we’re the best two players in the world at the moment, and it was another great battle. I just love playing him, and we’re going to have plenty more battles in the future.”

Earlier in the night, Humphries dumped out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen (9/2 for World Darts Championship glory) in convincing style, averaging 101 to close out a 10-5 success and set up another showdown against Littler, who had been equally as prolific and proficient in an identical 10-5 semi-final triumph over 14/1 Ally Pally hope Michael Smith.

Littler now has his sights on bet365 US Darts Masters glory in New York next week, and heads Stateside on the back of capturing £315,000 in prize money, with his £275,000 top prize being further boosted by an additional £40,000 for his four nightly wins.

All odds were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.


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