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2023 World Cup of Darts preview: More drama expected with singles scrapped

The outright market suggests the home nations will have a huge say in the unique World Cup of Darts, which has been given a shake-up this year, with all the action being pairs throughout and no singles matches at all.

Wales dominate the betting at 6/5, with talented tungsten chuckers Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton teaming up to try and take down the £80,000 first prize in Germany. 

The action gets underway on Thursday at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt and concludes on Sunday.

WhatWorld Cup Of Darts
WhereEissporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
When18:00, Thursday 15th June - Sunday 18th June, 2023
How to watchSky Sports Arena
OddsWales 6/5, England 10/3, Netherlands 11/2, Scotland 15/2, Germany 20/1, Australia 20/1, Belgium 22/1


New format could be a leveller

This event has also been a unique one which incorporates the team element, as opposed to players up on the stage competing in the standard one-on-one format.

The number of participants has also grown which means some lesser-known faces will compete, but the scrapping of singles action completely will no doubt produce plenty of the drama we have seen from this event in recent years.

Wales bid to go one better

The powerful Welsh team fell just short in this event last year at this same venue, going down 3-1 to Aussie duo Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock in the final, but they will surely prove tough to beat this time around and rightly head the market.

Price and Clayton are usually ever-presents at the business end of the main tournaments and regularly compete on the biggest of stages. The duo are hunting a second World Cup title after landing the spoils back in 2020 in Austria.

Coming into the event, the pair also have the highest-combined seasonal averages but they are not the two best-ranked players teaming up - that accolade belongs to England's Michael Smith (1) and Rob Cross (5).

What of the home side?

No doubt the atmosphere will be boisterous in Germany and the home team are not without a chance in this event.

Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler will want the home crowd right behind them and both are moving the right way up the rankings ladder.

Each-way punters will have the Germans on their radar at 20/1, Clemens enjoyed a superb run to the final four at Ally Pally before losing out 6-2 to eventual winner Michael Smith in the World Championships.

MVG withdrawal dents Dutch claims

For a second year running health reasons will keep Michael Van Gerwen out of action in this event, meaning the Dutch team will now consist of Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Van Duijvenbode has been in decent form this season but will also have energy and a presence on the stage that could make him a favourite with the crowd. 

The Dutch have understandably drifted in the market, but both players are capable and they are not to be overlooked.

Legendary Raymond Van Barneveld teamed up with MVG and dominated this event a few years ago - reaching five finals on the spin between 2014 and 2018, winning the title three times. 

It wouldn't be a shock to see the Dutch in the final for the first time in five years.

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