1983 World Darts Champion Keith Deller MBE delivers his best bets for Wednesday's showpiece final as Luke Littler and Luke Humphries do battle for the biggest prize in the sport.
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Luke Littler v Luke Humphries
Wednesday 3rd January (20:15)
Luke Humphries to win 7-6 @ 13/2
Luke Humphries to win the match & Luke Littler to hit the most 180s @ 4/1
Over 32.5 180s in the match @ 8/13
Over 11.5 sets in the match @ 5/4
So, this is it, the BIGGEST match of both players' lives!
Luke Humphries and Luke Littler will be dreaming of lifting that coveted title on the big stage later tonight, but which one of them will it be? Well, it's undoubtedly going to be a close game, but I have a feeling that Humphries is going to get himself over the line and crush Littler's dreams at the final hurdle.
The power scoring on their own throw will be crucial to the outcome of this game, and I am expecting both to be incredibly strong when they toe the oche first. Luke Humphries started the tournament slowly but wow, he is playing ever so well now. He hit a 108 average last night, with Luke Littler a couple of points behind with a 106 average - truly incredible figures!
The way that Humphries has been winning tournaments recently though will give him that added bit of belief and confidence against a player who is remarkably competing in only his second professional televised major. I'm expecting to see that treble 20 dented as these two are huge scorers! Over 32.5 180s at 8/13 looks good to me, especially given that we are almost certain to get a lot of sets, which is why I am adding Over 11.5 sets in the match at 5/4.
There's a 4/1 shot that is really appealing too, and that is for Humphries to win the match, and lift the trophy, but Littler to score more 180s. The way that Littler groups his darts is remarkable, and he, for me, will just about prevail in the maximum tally. It's going to come down to the finer details, and I just feel that Humphries will have what it takes to come out on top, and establish himself as the world champion, as well as the new world number one.
Either way, it will be close, and it will be spectacular!
Rob Cross v Luke Littler
Tuesday 2nd January (19:45)
Rob Cross to win the match 6-4 @ 7/1
Rob Cross - Over 97.5 match average @ 8/11
Over 23.5 180s in the match @ 1/1
It's been a remarkable journey for Luke Littler but I just feel tonight is the night that his World Darts Championship aspirations come to an end - for this year at least! Rob Cross is a former world champion, he's been there and done it, and he will be flying after coming from 4-0 down to beat Chris Dobey in such dramatic fashion on Monday. I just feel that he's going to have a bit too much for Luke, who has, without doubt, been the better player of the two over the course of the competition. But I do feel that Cross will find a way to win on Tuesday night and secure himself another spot in the showpiece final. He's going to have to play well to overcome Littler there's no doubt about that, so I feel there is value in backing 'Voltage' to score a three-dart average of Over 97.5, which is priced at 8/11. There should be maximums aplenty in this game too, so Over 23.5 - at even money - across the game is where I would be looking.
Scott Williams v Luke Humphries
Tuesday 2nd January (19:45)
Luke Humphries to win 6-3 @ 4/1
Luke Humphries to win the match & most 180s @ 1/2
Over 23.5 180s in the match @ 4/5
It's fair to say that Luke Humphries rode his luck in his two games prior to his quarter-final success over Dave Chisnall, but my word he was back to his best against 'Chizzy' on Monday night. He had a 103 average, was hitting his trebles superbly well and good on his finishing too. I don't see him letting up on that against Scott Williams either, which is why I will be backing him to secure a first ever spot in the final. Scott has been sensational; he overcame Michael van Gerwen in the last eight and confidence will be sky high; but I just don't see Luke performing as poorly as MVG did. Both players are capable of hammering home the maximums, Luke is free-flowing when he is on-song and Scott, with his extremely long points, groups his darts brilliantly, so I expect Over 23.5 to land. Given that, and the fact that I really fancy Luke Humphries to prevail, I like the look of the 1/2 on offer for a Humphries match and maximum double - both will hit that treble 20 bed frequently, but Luke is more prolific at doing so.
Chris Dobey v Rob Cross
Monday 1st January (12:45)
Chris Dobey to win 5-4 @ 11/2
Over 20.5 180s in the match @ 6/4
Chris Dobey - Over 10.5 180s @ 8/11
This is the toughest match of the quarter-finals to call; it really could go either way. But, as I have said previously, I just feel that over the past 12 months Chris Dobey has been the more consistent player, and the player more likely to notch up a 100+ average. I also backed him pre-tournament to come through his quarter at 15/2, so I have to stick with him to do just that. I am expecting at least eight sets here - probably the full nine - and if we do then the 6/4 looks a good price for Over 20.5 maximums. Dobey has been exceptional and 8/11 for him to score 11 or more 180s also looks appealing. I wouldn't be ruling out a bullseye checkout in this game either.
Michael van Gerwen v Scott Williams
Monday 1st January (19:15)
Michael van Gerwen to win 5-2 @ 7/2
Michael van Gerwen - Under 8.5 180s @ 10/11
Michael van Gerwen - Over 99.5 average @ 8/11
Michael van Gerwen is used to being at the business end of World Darts Championships now, whereas, for Scott Williams, this is a totally new experience for him. Scott has been outstanding, and deserves his last eight spot, but he is playing MvG now, and the Dutchman looks incredibly focused. Scott will need an entirely different mindset to deal with one of the all-time greats of the sport in the quarter-finals of the biggest tournament of the lot, and unfortunately for him, I think he will fall short. There will be a few 180s in this match, but Michael isn't as prolific as he once was in that regard, and given I don't expect to see anywhere near the maximum number of sets, I quite like the look of Under 8.5 maximums for the Dutchman at 10/11. That said, he is very good at the 140s and 137s, so I do expect him to notch a three-figure average in excess of 99.5, at 8/11.
Luke Humphries v Dave Chisnall
Monday 1st January (20:45)
Luke Humphries to win 5-3 @ 9/2
Over 22.5 180s in the match @ 11/10
Luke Humphries to win the match, most 180s & highest checkout @ 10/3
What a cracker to end Monday evening's play; Luke Humphries v Dave Chisnall. Now Dave is one of the only players who has been getting the better of Luke this year, He's beaten him three times already and I wouldn't rule out a fourth. But, I do feel that whilst Luke has had luck on his side in the last couple of matches, he will show some of his best darts on Monday night. The day's break will have done him the world of good I expect him to come out firing this evening. These two players group their darts exceptionally well - Dave is the sort of player who can string four or five maximums together in the space of three legs, so I'd be looking at Over 20.5 180s. I don't tend to back the match trebles too often, as the checkouts can be a bit of pot luck, but I expect Luke to be right at it against Chizzy, and feel there is a bit of value to be found in Humphries winning the match, scoring the most 180s and notching the highest checkout at 10/3.
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Friday 29th December (20:30)
Michael van Gerwen to win 4-2 @ 15/4
Over 15.5 180s in the match @ Evens
Michael van Gerwen - Over 99.5 average @ 8/11
Bunting is playing amazingly well but against the favourite in Michael van Gerwen, 'MvG' is going to take some stopping. I think he'll improve and he's even called out Bunting; he wants it. 'MvG' knows he will have to play well, therefore I can see him averaging above 100. I wouldn't be surprised to see a nine-darter in this match! I'm expecting a lot of 180s, Bunting hits them and we know Van Gerwen switches to 19s but he hits a lot of 180s as well and I expect we will see at least six sets.
Michael Smith v Chris Dobey
Friday 29th December (21:45)
Chris Dobey to win 4-2 @ 5/1
Over 16.5 180s in the match @ 5/6
Chris Dobey - Over 98.5 average @ 5/6
Chris Dobey has been brilliant all year, hitting so many 100 averages and he's already done it at this tournament. Michael Smith has been playing well, it's going to be a cracking game but I just feel Dobey is the better player at the moment. I can see another 100 average coming for Dobey and he will most likely need it if he's to beat Smith. I see a lot of 180s, Smith hits them for fun and so does Dobey, so if there's at least six sets, that should come in.
Scott Williams v Damon Heta
Saturday 30th December (12:45)
Damon Heta to win 4-3 @ 9/2
Over 17.5 180s in the match @ 11/4
Scott Williams - Over 6.5 180s @ 8/11
I think this is going to be a really close match as they're both playing so well. They're both big hitters and it could just come down to their combination finishing, but I think Damon Heta will just nick this one. I expect we will see a lot of 180s; Scott Williams' darts sit up so good in the 60 so I can see him getting quite a few, especially if we get the seven sets.
Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
Saturday 30th December (12:45)
Daryl Gurney to win 4-3 @ 11/2
Over 14.5 180s in the match @ 4/6
Daryl Gurney - Over 95.5 average @ 10/11
Danny Gurney's been playing really solid whereas Dave Chisnall is a little in and out for me at the moment. Gurney seems to be playing a lot better, he's in control of his emotions which is great and I can see him averaging 96 plus. And I expect to see over 14.5 180s in the match; once Chizzy gets the 180s going I can see him hitting at least seven or eight.
Rob Cross v Jonny Clayton
Saturday 30th December (15:15)
Rob Cross to win 4-3 @ 9/2
Over 11.5 180s in the match @ Evens
Jonny Clayton - Over 93.5 average @ Evens
This is going to be another really close game. They're both playing at pretty much the same level but they'll be a bit more warmed up now they've got to this stage of the tournament. Jonny Clayton started badly but he played well last time out and it was the same with Rob Cross. Jonny has been getting better, I expect he will improve on the last game and he knows he's got to against Cross. I expect him to average at least 94 but I don't think it will be enough to beat Cross; I expect Voltage to edge it 4-3. I know both Cross and Clayton switch a lot but if we get the sets, we should get the 180s at even money.
Brendan Dolan v Gary Anderson
Saturday 30th December (19:15)
Gary Anderson to win 4-2 @ 7/2
Over 10.5 180s in the match @ 4/6
Brendan Dolan - Over 92.5 average @ 8/11
Gary Anderson's been playing lovely darts and he's been playing great all year. Brendan Dolan's played really well in this tournament but I don't think he'd be able to live with Gary in this game. I don't think there will be a lot of maximums as Dolan is not a big 180 hitter but I expect Anderson will hit a few and I can see Dolan hitting four, maybe five himself. Dolan's playing well, I expect he will average around 94 but I just don't see it being enough to beat Anderson with the way he's playing at the moment.
Luke Humphries v Joe Cullen
Saturday 30th December (22:15)
Luke Humphries to win 4-2 @ 10/3
Over 18.5 180s in the match @ 5/2
Luke Humphries - Over 8.5 180s @ 11/10
Humphries will have his own darts back, he will feel a lot more confident and the speed of the game will suit him. I expect he will be too strong for Joe Cullen and I also expect him to be nailing the treble 20 bed.
Scott Williams v Martin Schindler
Wednesday 27th December (12:45)
Martin Schindler to win 4-3 @ 9/2
Over 5.5 Sets @ 8/13
Bullseye finish in any leg @ 8/11
This should be a really good game to get the post-Christmas action underway on Wednesday. Scott Williams produced some outstanding darts as he saw off Danny Noppert in the last round, narrowly missing D18 for a nine-dart leg. But he's coming up against an opponent who is continuously improving on the big stage and I just feel that Martin Schindler is going to keep that flag flying high for Germany with a narrow success. I also like the look of the bullseye finish in this match. Scott loves a big of showmanship on the stage and he loves a big finish - so don't be surprised to see him taking on, and likely landing, combination finishes featuring the bullseye.
Dave Chisnall v Gabriel Clemens
Wednesday 27th December (14:00)
Dave Chisnall to win 4-2 @ 9/2
Dave Chisnall - Most 180s @ 4/6
Gabriel Clemens - Under 95.5 match average @ 10/11
Surely Dave Chisnall is going to land a big one sooner or later! He's too good a player not to, and I am backing him to keep his World Championship dreams alive against last year's semi-finalist, Gabriel Clemens. The pair will trade blows on the 180s, but Dave is as good as anybody at nailing that treble bed, and I would be surprised not to see him land the most maximums throughout the contest. Gabriel is a seriously good player, there are a lot of Germans in the crowd this year and he is going to need them. But I just think he is going to struggle to live with Dave's scoring, and eventually that will take its toll.
Michael van Gerwen v Richard Veenstra
Wednesday 27th December (20:30)
Michael van Gerwen to win 4-1 @ 9/4
Michael van Gerwen - Over 5.5 180s @ 5/6
Richard Veenstra was fantastic last time out, but this is a different level of opposition for him - against a three-time world champion and somebody absolutely determined to make it four in the New Year. He always enjoys these games against fellow countrymen, and I think he will come out firing on all cylinders on Wednesday. He maybe isn't as prolific as he once was on that treble 20 bed, and whilst we may only see five sets in my opinion, I feel there is value to be had in 'MvG' landing six or more maximums.
Michael Smith v Madars Razma
Wednesday 27th December (21:45)
Michael Smith to win 4-1 @ 9/4
Michael Smith - Over 6.5 180s @ 5/6
Madars Razma - Over 91.5 match average @ 8/11
Michael Smith had to come through a bit of adversity in his first match against a superb Kevin Doets, and I feel that is going to set him up perfectly for the rest of the tournament. There were times in the past that Michael would have buckled in the position he was in, but he is a different animal now - he's been there, worn the t-shirt and done it all before. He will be too hot to handle for Madars Razma, who, in my opinion, will struggle to get going given the level of opposition he is likely to be facing.
Joe Cullen v Ryan Searle
Thursday 28th December (14:00)
Joe Cullen to win 4-3 @ 5/1
Over 13.5 180s in the match @ 8/11
Joe Cullen - Over 7.5 180s @ 5/6
An incredibly tough game to call, and one that I feel has seven sets written all over it! We're going to see a lot of sets, and plenty of close sets too, so 'Over 13.5 180's' looks a very good shout to me. Both players are prolific on that treble 20 bed, so I think there is a lot of value to be had on the maximum markets. I do feel that Joe will edge it in a decider, but if you want to hedge your bets then maybe take a look at the 9/4 on offer for the match to go into a deciding set.
Ross Smith v Chris Dobey
Thursday 28th December (15:15)
Chris Dobey to win 4-2 @ 5/1
Over 16.5 180s in the match @ 10/11
Bullseye finish in any leg @ 1/2
This should be a belting showdown between two players who were very impressive in their second round victories. I just feel that Chris Dobey has become one of the most consistent TV players over the past 12 months, especially in terms of hitting three-figure averages. They will both pummel that treble 20, so, again, there is value in the maximum markets - I particularly like the 'Over 16.5 180s' one, whilst I also feel that we will see a bullseye finish at some point in the match. It will be a high-quality affair, and when that happens, you tend to see both players really pushing each other on to those eye-catching combination finishes.
Luke Humphries v Ricardo Pietreczko
Thursday 28th December (20:30)
Luke Humphries to win 4-1 @ 12/5
Ricardo Pietreczko - Under 5.5 180s @ 4/7
170 finish in the match @ 7/1
Luke Humphries is the man to beat, there's no doubt about that. He has won the last three TV tournaments, and despite being nowhere near his best last time out, he was still able to come through his match in routine fashion. He will warm into the tournament, and we will soon start to see those big averages that we have started to become accustomed to. Ricardo Pietreczko has had a good few months, and there will be those backing him to upset the odds here, but I just see Luke really upping his game and breezing through to the last 16. We've also BOOSTED a 170 finish in this match, and when Luke is around, you can never write off landing 'the big fish'!
Damon Heta v Berry van Peer
Friday 29th December (12:45)
Damon Heta to win 4-2 @ 10/3
Over 5.5 sets in the match @ 5/6
Berry van Peer - Over 90.5 average @ 8/11
Damon Heta has been pretty solid all year and as he said, they've not been saying much about him but he thinks he's going to have a great tournament. Berry van Peer has been really good so far but I feel Heta will be a little more consistent. I do think there will be at least six sets and I think Van Peer over 90.5 average has a great chance; I expect him to be around the 92 or 93 mark, but I don't think it will be good enough to defeat Heta.
Peter Wright v Jim Williams
Wednesday 20th December (21:30)
Peter Wright to win 3-1 @ 11/4
1+ Total Bullseye Finishes in Match @ 11/8
A couple of months ago I was really fearful for Peter Wright. He was defending a lot of money, bang out of form and tinkering with his game a little too much for my liking. But he's bounced back superbly well, winning the European Championship in October, and I am backing him to maintain his upward trajectory with a 3-1 in over former Lakeside winner Jim Williams. Both players will have chances, but Peter will, for me, take more than Jim. The two also love a bullseye finish as well, so don't be surprised to see one or more finishes on the central target land on Wednesday.
Danny Noppert v Scott Williams
Thursday 21st December (20:00)
Danny Noppert to win 3-1 @ 12/5
Danny Noppert - Over 4.5 180s @ 6/5
Danny Noppert is a live contender in the televised tournaments nowadays. He can score well and finish well, and I'll be backing him to move through to round three with minimum fuss against Scott Williams. Scott is a good player, but I just feel Danny will have too much for him. I also like the look of five or more maximums to be scored, which is priced up very appealingly at better than even-money.
Gabriel Clemens v Man Lok Leung
Thursday 21st December (20:45)
Gabriel Clemens to win 3-1 @ 12/5
Over 9.5 180s in the match @ 6/5
Man Lok Leung hit 11 180s in the first round and on the night, he was on fire. Gabriel Clemens done well last year when he reached the semi-finals and I'm taking Clemens to come through this. He'll have a lot of help from the German crowd here at Ally Pally. Clemens is pretty good at hitting 180s, he can go missing on doubles sometimes but his scoring is very good and he groups them well. Man Lok Leung hit quite a few last time out, so Over 9.5 180s looks good value.
Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes
Friday 22nd December (14:40)
Krzysztof Ratajski to win 3-1 @ 9/4
Krzysztof Ratajski - Under 94.5 average - 5/6
Jamie Hughes wasn't very convincing in the first game and Krzysztof Ratajski has been playing pretty well lately. I don't see this being too much of a problem for him, although Hughes might nick a set given it's Ratajski's first game. I don't think there will be a lot of 180s in this match but I should think there will be a lot of 121s or 95s. And I'm backing Ratajski Under 94.5 average at 5/6; I think if he averages around 90 it should be good enough to beat Hughes, who's not really been in great form all year.
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Boris Krcmar
Friday 22nd December (16:00)
Dirk van Duijvenbode to win 3-1 @ 9/2
Dirk van Duijvenbode - Over 88.5 average @ 4/5
1+ Total Bullseye Finishes in Match @ 11/10
I know Dirk van Duijvenbode has had an issue with his shoulder but with a bit of a rest, it might have done him a bit of good. I'm taking a risk that van Duijvenbode will be OK to play decent enough and if he does, I think he will be good enough to win. If he's playing well, he should be OK to beat the 88.5 average and a bullseye in any leg looks good value at 11/10, as both players will have chances in the match.
Martin Schindler v Jermaine Wattimena
Friday 22nd December (20:00)
Martin Schindler to win 3-1 @ 3/1
Over 6.5 180s in the match @ 1/2
1+ Total Bullseye Finishes in Match @ 11/10
I know Jermaine Wattimena beat Fallon Sherrock the other day but Fallon wasn't at her best and I think it was a comfortable win. Martin Schindler has been playing better on TV and I think it will be a tough one for Wattimena. He's got the game where he can put a really good set in, so I can see him picking up a set but I'm backing Schindler to win. Schindler's very good at hitting 180s and I expect Wattimena to get a few, while Schindler likes the bull finish, as does Wattimena with his quick pace. Any shots around the 121 or 124 will be dangerous.
Raymond van Barneveld v Radek Szaganski
Friday 22nd December (20:45)
Raymond van Barneveld to win 3-0 @ 11/4
Raymond van Barneveld - Win Match, Most 180s and Highest Checkout @ 15/8
I feel the crowd will be right behind Barney. He's got a lot of experience on the big stage and that will show. I'm backing Barney to win the match, hit the most 180s and have the highest checkout; I think it will be all Raymond and he'll have a comfortable win.
Kim Huybrechts v Richard Veenstra
Saturday 23rd December (12:45)
Kim Huybrechts to win 3-2 @ 15/4
Over 7.5 180s in the match @ 7/4
It's a very hard game to call but I feel Kim Huybrechts has been playing a lot better in the last six months. It will be a very tight game but I can see Huybrechts winning it. And if you get five sets, you'll get eight 180s. Huybrechts hits them, Veenstra's a very good player as well and if we get the sets, we get the 180s.
Josh Rock v Berry van Peer
Saturday 23rd December (20:00)
Josh Rock to win 3-1 @ 9/4
Berry van Peer - Over 90.5 average @ 4/5
Berry played really well in his first game and he will gain some confidence from that match. Josh Rock is playing very well, he's a lot more comfortable. There was a lot of hype last year but not so much this year, which will do him a lot of good and he will come out on top here. I think Berry will play well but not good enough to win; he should be around a 92 or 93 average.
Stephen Bunting v Ryan Joyce
Saturday 23rd December (20:45)
Stephen Bunting to win 3-2 @ 7/2
Over 8.5 180s in the match @ 10/11
1+ Total Bullseye Finishes in Match @ 7/4
This is a really close game. Stephen Bunting has been very much the better player this year but Ryan Joyce has won a floor tournament recently, played very well in his first game with one of the best averages. I think this is a tough match for Stephen, he's not had a game yet but I think he might just win a really good match. If we get five sets, we'll get 180s. The way Joyce starts his stack, if he gets to the bottom of the treble then he has a lot of room and Stephen is very good at hitting 180s. These legs are going to be pretty close and there will be opportunities at 121, 124 and 126, so there will be a few shots at the bull and I think there's a very good chance of a bullseye finish.
Kevin Doets v Stowe Buntz
Friday 15th December (19:15)
I know Stowe Buntz was grabbing the headlines at the Grand Slam of Darts as he reached the last eight, but his World Darts Championship journey, for me, will end prematurely. Kevin Doets is a very solid player, and I just think he has the edge on all fronts here. I don’t think we will see a cracker – it’s the first game of the tournament and there will be a few nerves, so don’t expect the treble 20 bed to be hit too frequently.
Jamie Hughes v David Cameron
Saturday 16th December (19:15)
Jamie Hughes has had a tough time of things of late, and injuries have undoubtedly hampered his season. He’s been way off his best for obvious reasons, and I just feel that David Cameron – who has done well on the senior’s tour – is going to win this match. I think Jamie will muster a set, but I don’t think he will get much more than that.
Matt Campbell v Lourence Ilagan
Sunday 17th December (14:15)
There is very little between these two players, and it should go at least four sets. I think it will go the distance, down to a decider. Matt Campbell has a bit more experience on the main circuit, but Lourence has done well on the Asian Tour too. Both players can hit that treble 20 bet, and I’d expect there to be four or more maximums throughout the match.
Jermaine Wattimena v Fallon Sherrock
Sunday 17th December (20:45)
The Queen of the Palace makes her return and what a tough draw she has been handed. I love Fallon, she’s a superb player, and, believe me, there are few better finishers in the game, which is why I like the look of the 9/2 on offer for two or more 100+ checkouts. But, if Jermaine has his scoring boots on, and manages to deal with the crowd, then I expect him to win this match. If he can get that first set under his belt, it will do him the world of good.
Martin Lukeman v Haupai Puha
Monday 18th December (20:45)
Haupai Puha is a very good player in his own right, but Martin has some really solid experience behind him now. He plays in a lot of local tournaments and does well in them. He loves his darts. I think it will be close but he will have enough about him to edge a victory in the deciding set. Also, with backing the match to go the full distance, I think Puha to hit three or more maximums is a really solid shout too.
Ricardo Pietreczko v Mikuru Suzuki
Tuesday 19th December (20:45)
Mikuru Suzuki has done so well on the women’s tour, but she’s coming up against an opponent in Ricardo Pietreczko who has started to really make a name for himself. He won one of the European Tour events recently and he will want to make a statement in the worlds. He played and lost to Beau Greaves recently, and lost his head a little bit, but I think that experience will help him against Mikuru. I think he will come out flying and win this match comprehensively.
Luke Woodhouse v Berry van Peer
Thursday 21st December (13:30)
Luke Woodhouse is an experienced TV player now, and that’s going to work to his advantage on the big stage. He is also a very straight thrower, he can score well and finish well too as he showed at the recent Players Championship Finals. Berry has done well on the Challenge Tour but things are a lot tougher on the main tour. I can’t see Luke not winning this match and think the price of 13/5 for a 3-1 win is very appealing.
1983 World Darts Champion Keith Deller gives us his outright selections for the 2024 Alexandra Palace spectacular...
It's an incredibly strong field, as always, but I'm going with Gerwyn Price to become world champion for a second time in 2024.
As I've said in my previews for each of the last few tournaments, Gerwyn has been playing some exquisite stuff, but he hasn't been winning the events!
If you are going to win though, then this is the one that you really want to go out and win.
He knows how to win it, he has been hitting some astronomical averages, and, the biggest thing for me is that he is in the opposite side of the draw to Luke Humphries and Michael van Gerwen.
I could have made a claim for any of five or six players to lift the trophy this year, but I just feel that everything is aligning at the right time for the Iceman to reach the summit of Planet Darts for a second time.
Michael van Gerwen, a three-time Alexandra Palace winner, and a player who is being backed by many to make it four this time around.
I actually fancy MVG to get the better of Luke Humphries in the last four and reach another final... but lose another final!
He should have won the Players Championship Finals - he threw it away against Luke Humphries and he will have wanted to have got back on the winning podium ahead of the start of the worlds.
There's no doubt that Michael is playing well, but so is Gerwyn Price - his averages have been absurd.
It's 10/1 that we see a Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price final, and if that does happen I fancy Price to get the job done and join Michael in becoming a multiple world champion.
A bit of a left-field selection here, but I am backing Chris Dobey to reach the semi-finals of the tournament by coming through his quarter of the draw.
Yes, he's in the same section as the defending champion Michael Smith, but, let's not forget, Chris actually beat Michael in the first round of the Matchplay earlier this year.
He hits 180s for fun, especially in the Premier League. He is a big game player now and I just have a sneaky feeling that we are going to see a very good Chris Dobey on show in North London over the next few weeks.
For the second quarter, I have to go with my pick for the tournament, Gerwyn Price.
As I have said, he's been playing extremely well all year without picking up the titles that he will have wanted to, but this is the biggie, and this is the one his mind will have been on for the past month or so.
He's in the right half of the draw, as I have said earlier, and I just don't see anybody stopping him reaching the last four!
Michael van Gerwen at almost even-money to reach the last four of the World Darts Championship - that looks incredibly appealing to me.
Look, like Gerwyn, Michael hasn't been picking up the tournament wins that we have all been accustomed to, but he has still been playing well for the most part.
He should heave beaten Luke Humphries in the Players Championship Finals last time out, but he let slip a really good lead. He'll be determined to be the best on the biggest stage this time around.
He's playing confidently, he's talking confident and he looks confident - Michael, for me, is the one to come through the third quarter.
Who else could I back to win the fourth quarter other than the man of the moment, Luke Humphries?
He's won all three of the latest televised ranking titles, and he will arrive in North London riding the crest of a wave.
He's playing exceptionally well, and there's no doubt about it - he is the one to beat this year.
I don't fancy him to go all the way and follow-up his recent triumphs with the big one - there's a different kind of pressure attached to the worlds - but I do think he wins his quarter and has another good tournament.
Always a popular market this one - who will land the most 180s this year?
Well, Michael Smith has prevailed in each of the last couple of years, and he's 9/2 to make it a hat-trick in the 2024 staging of the competition.
To do that, he's likely going to need to reach the final, which I just don't see him doing.
For me, I like the look of Luke Humphries, who is absolutely prolific on that treble 20 - he hits 180s for fun and I can see him coming out on top in this market, even if he is beaten in the semi-finals, as I am predicting he will be.
We all want to see a 9-dart finish at the Alexandra Palace!
Michael van Gerwen is playing well and most importantly he's hitting 180s. He knows he's possibly got to face Luke Humphries to make the final and I just feel he's in a good place, he looks confident and I can see him hitting a 9-darter.