This Thursday in Jena, Germany, live televised PDC darts makes its return as the Darts World Cup 2021 gets underway when Hungary take on Lithuania.
With two to three sessions a day and 32 two man teams representing their various nations, this is always one of the highlights of the PDC calendar.
One year ago, behind closed doors in Austria it was our tip Wales that went on to lift the title but what can we expect in the 2021 renewal?
World Cup Of Darts 2021 Betting Tips
While English pair James Wade and Phil Chisnall are the top seeds by way of their player rankings, it is once again Wales that lead the betting and we believe rightly so.
Not only do Welsh duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton boast the know-how of how to win this event, but they have also both enjoyed the best year of their careers following their World Cup win in 2020.
Ranked third in the world this time last year, Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price is now the world number one following his World Championship win at the Ally Pally back in January.
He also travels to Germany fresh off the back of winning the Hungarian Darts Trophy over the weekend.
Price’s Wales team mate Jonny ‘The Ferret’ Clayton was very much in the shadow of his partner a year ago but, seemingly propelled by that World Cup success, he is now a firmly established big name in world darts.
Clayton won the Darts Masters which provided him with entry into the Darts Premier League, an event he would also go on to win. In all, Clayton, now ranked 13th in the world, has taken down four event wins this season and very nearly made it five during last month’s Players Championship.
Wales begin their World Cup title defence on Thursday against Finland, and we have made them the 19/10 favourites as they are very much the team to beat.
Welsh Quarter Of The Draw
On top of Finland, the Welsh quarter of the draw pits them against Hungary, Lithuania, Australia, Italy, the USA and Sweden.
Of those seven, there isn’t much that will bother Wales should they run into them with the biggest threat likely to come from Australia.
The Aussies will be represented by Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock for whom a tourney win would be the best possible way to honour their former team mate and Australian darter Kyle Anderson who tragically died in August aged just 33 years old.
Whitlock almost won this event back in 2012 when he was partnered up with Paul Nicholson and the Australian team have consistently made it to Sunday’s final day over the years and it would not be a surprise to see them do so once again.
Following the withdrawal of Gary Anderson, Scotland have drafted in John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson to partner up with Peter Wright.
At 10/1, Scotland look to offer real value in the market as, when we last saw him, Peter Wright was playing the best darts of his life.
Feeding off the crowds as he does, Snakebite looked back to his best when winning the World Darts Matchplay and he has a more than solid enough partner in Henderson with which to take on the opposition.
The pair have been drawn in the fourth quarter alongside Denmark, Gibraltar, Singapore, China, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands. And of those, it’s Chinese debutants Jianfeng Lu and Wenqing Liu that are up first for the Scottish who can be backed to make light work of their opener.
England To Win Quarter
Top seeds England have swapped last year’s losing finalists Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith and Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross for experienced duo James Wade and Dave Chisnall.
The 4/1 priced pair have landed in the first quarter of the draw alongside their first opening opponents Brazil, plus Spain, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan and the hosts Germany.
There really isn’t anyone other than Germany for England to be concerned about in that quarter. However, whether or not they can go all the way is questionable.
Neither Wade nor Chisnall have had much of a season to brag about. Recent highlights include not much more than an early season UK Open title for The Machine and a memorable win over Michael van Gerwen at the last World Championships for Chizzy.
They are one of the main contenders for sure but there are better teams in the hunt and in better form too.
Holland In Contention
Dirk van Duijvenbode makes his World Cup debut as Michael van Gerwen’s partner for the Netherlands.
The Dutch are four times World Cup winners and are always dangerous. Aubergine flogger van Duijvenbode will do nothing to weaken the Dutch campaign and we believe they’re the second favourites at 18/5.
The other outright strong contenders have to be Belgium.
Representative pair, Dimitri Van Den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts have been drawn into a second quarter that contains Greece, Austria, Philippines, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal, the latter of whom have world number eight and PDC Grand Slam holder Jose De Sousa in their ranks.
Many people’s regular dark horses in the football, Belgium appear to have reached the same status now in darts.
The 2013 runners up are indeed a tough unit with the seasoned Kim Huybrechts joining forces with world number five and 2020 World Matchplay winner Dimitri Van den Bergh.
The Dream Maker was in sizzling form during last July’s Matchplay, racking up some great scores. In the end, he was only undone by the excellent Peter Wright in the final.
Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney will go for Northern Ireland who are also in this quarter and are worth considering for a place.
Dolan recently beat Michael van Gerwen in the Hungarian Darts Trophy, while his partner Superchin, with whom he made the semis in 2017, has a PDC televised title win on his CV.
Neither will fret their opening fixture against Hong Kong on Friday.
The 2021 PDC World Cup of Darts gets underway on Thursday the 9th of September at 18:00 (UK) and you can bet on the event here.
World Cup of Darts 2021 Format
|First Round||Best of nine legs doubles matches.|
|Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals||2x best of seven leg singles matches where both nations nominate the order in which their players play. If both nations win one singles match each, a best of seven leg doubles match will be played to determine a winner.|
|2x best of seven leg singles matches where both nations nominate the order in which their players play. This is then followed by a best of seven leg doubles match before a reverse singles game. The first team win three games will win the World Cup of Darts.|
Darts World Cup 2021 Teams
- England – James Wade & Dave Chisnall
- Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
- Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Belgium – Dimitri Van den Bergh & Kim Huybrechts
- Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
- Scotland – Peter Wright & John Henderson
- Australia – Simon Whitlock & Damon Heta
- Germany – Gabriel Clemens & Max Hopp
- Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
- Brazil – Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
- Canada – Jeff Smith & Matt Campbell
- China – Jianfeng Lu & Wenqing Liu
- Czech Republic – Karel Sedlacek & Adam Gawlas
- Denmark – Andreas Toft Jørgensen & Niels Heinsøe
- Finland – Marko Kantele & Veijo Viinikka
- Gibraltar – Sean Negrette & Justin Hewitt
- Greece – John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
- Hong Kong – Kai Fan Leung & Man Lok Leung
- Hungary – János Végső & Patrik Kovács
- Italy – Danilo Vigato & Michele Turetta
- Japan – Matsuda Jun & Yoshihisa Baba
- Lithuania – Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas
- Philippines – Lourence Ilagan & Christian Perez
- Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Krzysztof Kciuk
- Portugal – Jose de Sousa & Jose Marques
- Republic of Ireland – William O’Connor & Steve Lennon
- Russia – Boris Koltsov & Evgenii Izotov
- Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
- South Africa – Devon Petersen & Carl Gabriel
- Spain – Jesus Noguera & Jose Justicia
- Sweden – Daniel Larsson & Johan Engström
- USA – Danny Lauby & Chuck Puleo
2021 World Cup of Darts Fixtures
Thursday September 9
First Round (Best of nine legs – doubles)
- Hungary v Lithuania
- Czech Republic v Poland
- Gibraltar v Singapore
- USA v Sweden
- Scotland v China
- Netherlands v Denmark
- Wales v Finland
- Australia v Italy
Friday September 10
First Round (Best of nine legs – doubles)
- Russia v Japan
- Spain v South Africa
- Republic of Ireland v Portugal
- Austria v Philippines
- Northern Ireland v Hong Kong
- Germany v Canada
- England v Brazil
- Belgium v Greece
Saturday September 10
Second Round (Two best of 7 leg singles matches and one best of 7 doubles decider played to a best of 3 points)
- Eight matches
Sunday September 11
Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals (Best of 3 points) (Two best of 7 leg singles matches and one best of 7 doubles decider played to a best of 3 points)
- Six matches
- Final (two best of 7 leg singles, one best of 7 leg doubles followed by reverse singles played to a best of 5 points format)