Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton are our pick to win the PDC World Cup for Wales in early June. The Welsh duo have both shown solid form in the first half of this year and could claim darts’ greatest team prize.
Team bonding won’t be an issue for these two friends, and a kind draw gives them a chance of going all the way to glory. The Welsh team will face very stiff competition throughout the tournament, most notably from a strong English side featuring the talented Michael Smith and Rob Cross and current champions the Netherlands. Keep reading the rest of our preview to find out our other top tips for the 2019 event.
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First round: Best of nine legs, doubles format with players taking alternate turns.
Second round, quarter-finals, semi-finals: Two best of seven legs singles matches, followed if needed by a best of seven legs doubles match.
Final: Two best of seven legs singles matches, followed by a best of seven legs doubles match. Then if needed one or two more reverse singles matches.
The Main Contenders
Heading the market at 11/43.75+2752.752.75-0.36 are The Netherlands. They will be looking to complete a hat-trick of victories in the event. With World Champion Michael van Gerwen leading the team they have every chance.
He is joined by Jermaine Wattimena this year, who makes his debut. He gets in by virtue of a higher ranking than Raymond van Barneveld who had worn the orange in all previous editions of the World Cup. Wattimena is a fine player in his own right but it remains to be seen how well he will gel with MVG.
Mighty Mike has had a fine season, winning plenty of the big tournaments. He hasn’t quite looked at his imperious best though, struggling at times in the Premier League before eventually winning the £250K first prize.
They have a moderately difficult draw. The short format of the first round can lead to upsets, and they face tricky opposition in the form of Spanish duo Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas.
A useful Polish team could await in the second round, and they may then face Australia and England just to reach the final. They are capable, but 11/43.75+2752.752.75-0.36 seems very short.
Rob Cross and Michael Smith represent England and are second favourites at 3/14.00+3003.003.00-0.33. This is also a new team with Smith making his debut and Cross appearing for just the second time. It is clearly a quality pairing and there’s no reason why they can’t play together.
Smith had a torrid time in the recent Premier League, scoring well but unable to take out doubles. This is something he will need to fix if England are to be victorious.
They should be able to ease through to the semi-finals. Following an opening match against the Philippines, Ireland and Austria is their likely path and it doesn’t get much more comfortable than that. They aren’t the worst 3/14.00+3003.003.00-0.33 shot ever and are a good shout to become the World Cup of Darts winners.
There are huge questions against the Scotland duo of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. Anderson was clearly suffering from a back injury at the end of last year and eventually withdrew from this year’s Premier League. He hasn’t played much since.
Snakebite Wright did play the Premier League but had a terrible time with only two wins in his 16 matches. There have been glimpses of form in some recent tournaments including a run to the semi-finals of the Dutch Masters. Unfortunately, he is very inconsistent. Combined with the doubts about Anderson’s well-being, it makes them a very bad 7/24.50+3503.503.50-0.29 shot.
Tip – Wales 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts Winners 7/18.00+7007.007.00-0.14
Wales are in the same half of the draw as Scotland which is a major positive for their chances. Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price reached the quarter-final last year despite Price being in rotten form at the time. He has had a fine year so far and Clayton has been solid as well.
Their draw is decent and at 7/18.00+7007.007.00-0.14 are well worth backing. First up is Singapore featuring Paul Lim, an iconic figure in darts. All teams are vulnerable in this round because of the short format, but they should come through.
Gibraltar or Japan in the second round should be comfortable as well. A potential quarter-final with Northern Ireland would be a big test, but one they can pass. We think this strong Welsh pairing have got a great chance of going all the way.
Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson take huge pride in representing Australia. They reached the semi-final last year and are tempting at a big 25/126.00+250025.0025.00-0.04. They do have a tough path though, and neither has been in particularly good form. Anderson has had an especially difficult time this year, so they are probably priced correctly.
Northern Ireland are in the weaker bottom half of the draw and deserve respect at 14/115.00+140014.0014.00-0.07. Daryl Gurney is now established as a top-eight player and had an excellent campaign in the Premier League, reaching the play-offs.
Brendan Dolan at his best is also very useful. He took advantage of a kind draw to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship in December but hasn’t built on that in the rest of the season. He looks the weak link. Superchin Gurney may be able to carry him for a few rounds, but a quarter-final looks their natural limit.
Belgium will have their supporters at 25/126.00+250025.0025.00-0.04. Kim Huybrechts and Dmitri van den Bergh are both currently ranked in the high 20s but are capable of better. Neither player is in great nick at present, and they may be vulnerable against Germany in the second round.
Austria complete the seedings at 33/134.00+330033.0033.00-0.03. Mensur Suljovic is a great competitor, but he can’t do it alone. His partner Zoran Lerchbacher doesn’t bring a lot to the party, which will make progress difficult for the Austrians.
The Best of The Rest
The strongest of the non-seeded countries is Germany at 33/134.00+330033.0033.00-0.03. The team of Martin Schindler and Max Hopp reached the quarter-finals in 2017 and 2018, losing to MVG and Barney on both occasions. They will be glad to be in the opposite half of the draw to the Dutch team this year.
They will obviously have the support of the home crowd, so expect Hamburg to be rocking if they reach the latter stages again.
Ireland have never had a good run in this event. There is some hope that the team of Steve Lennon and William O’Connor can rectify this. O’Connor won his first ranking title at the start of May, whilst young Steve Lennon has reached the latter stages of TV events such as the UK Open. They have potential at 80/181.00+800080.0080.00-0.01 but will likely find England too strong in the second round.
TOP TIP! – Spain 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts Winners 250/1251.00+25000250.00250.000.00
Spain have taken some scalps in the past but have a poor draw. If they can get past The Netherlands in the first round, then anyone holding a 250/1251.00+25000250.00250.000.00 docket will be happy.
Antonio Alcinas defeated Peter Wright in the World Championship to reach the last 32 but hasn’t done much since. His compatriot Cristo Reyes also reached the last 32 at the Ally Pally and enjoyed another good run to the last 16 at the UK Open in March.
On the grounds that they appear to be at their best on the big stage, it may be worth taking a chance at such a monster price.
Tytus Kanik and Krzysztof Ratajski carry plenty of confidence for Poland. They are shorter than expected at 80/181.00+800080.0080.00-0.01 though. Ratajski has been on the scene for years and is a capable journeyman performer. Kanik has a handful of decent results in recent months but nothing spectacular.
TOP TIP! – Lithuania to beat New Zealand in round one 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83
Darius Labanauskas has been putting in some good performances in the Players Championship events during May. The Lithuanian reached a semi-final and a final, a decent achievement in these ultra-competitive 128 player fields.
His partner Mindaugas Barauskas plays mainly on the Baltic Tour but anyone who has seen him play knows he is dangerous. They will expect to claim a win over a weak looking New Zealand team at 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83 in the first round.
Most of the other teams are a motley crew of amateurs or lowly ranked professionals, veterans and soft-tip players.
2019 World Cup of Darts FAQs
Is the World Cup of Darts on TV?
Yes. All games will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Who will be the World Cup of Darts winners?
It’s not a very deep field and there are only around a dozen potential winners.
Here are our best tips:
Winners – Wales 7/18.00+7007.007.00-0.14
Winners – Spain 250/1251.00+25000250.00250.000.00
Round one – Lithuania to beat New Zealand 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83
Where is the World Cup of Darts being held?
The 2019 World Cup of Darts venue is the Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany.
When is the2019 World Cup of Darts?
The 2019 World Cup of Darts dates are Thursday 6th June to Sunday 9th June.
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