Sadly Canada’s only player in the William Hill 2020 World Darts Championship, Matt Campbell, was a first round loser in the C$4.3 million competition which culminates with the final on New Years Day.
But then again his departure cannot be compared to the shock eliminations of former World Champion Rob Cross and last year’s runner-up, Michael Smith.
Canada’s ‘Darth Maple’ Can Be Heard But Not Seen
There are sure to be plenty more upsets in the C$860,000 to-the-winner tournament and you can watch the action unfold on some of the excellent online bookmaker streams such as bet365 – or on the PDC’s website, pdc.tv.
On the official PDC website you will find some Canadian representation as our very own John ‘Darth Maple’ Part, a two-time PDC World Darts Champion, can regularly be heard in the commentary box as it will on the exceptional DAZN Sports channel which allow you to watch live or on demand – a great tool for form experts.
Despite Rob Cross and Michael Smith’s early exits defending champion Michael van Gerwen can still be backed at odds against. The Dutchman was +125 (2.25) at the outset but a workmanlike victory over Jelle Klaasen did not excite punters or sportsbook odds-compilers.
The three-time previous winner ‘MVG’ is next in action on Sunday in the third round, it will be the 70th match of the competition which will feature 95 matches in total.
PDC World Darts 2020 – Format
Beforehand there are a lot of second-round matches to be completed, these are all the ‘best of 5 sets’ format.
The third and fourth rounds are ‘best of 7 sets’, the quarter-finals are ‘best of 9’, two semis are ‘best of 11’ and the final is the ‘best of 13’ sets.
All this must be kept in mind as handicap betting is the most popular type of bet on darts matches and a +0.5 set advantage will not amount to much in a long format match.
Siding With The Scotsman
With Michael van Gerwen looking decidedly shaky and also very short in the PDC World Darts betting odds it could pay to side with former 2-time champ Gary Anderson when looking for a PDC World Darts bet.
The Scotsman has had a torrid season following surgery for a back injury at the beginning of 2019 but he could not have been more impressive in his opening match of this year’s World Darts Championship.
World Darts Championship 2020 Betting Tip
Despite having his opening round match over quickly in 3-0 whitewash fashion, Gary Anderson recorded a remarkable seven 180’s and thumped in a 144 checkout (he was 9/27 on his finishes) when beating the established Brendan Dolan.
That’s some strong figures and if the 48-year-old can build on this fine marker he might well be able to regain the PDC World Darts Championship title which he first captured in 2015 and won for a second time in 2016.
World Darts Prediction: Gary Anderson to win outright at +1200 (13.0) with bet365