The draw for the 2020 World Darts Championship takes place tonight [Monday, November 25] at 7.30pm on Sky Sports News.
96 players will be in the hunt for the biggest prize in darts. Defending champion Michael van Gerwen heads to the Alexander Palace having won the PDC’s most recent tournament, the Players Championship.
The World Number One is automatically placed in the second round of the championships but will play on the opening night. It all kicks-off on Friday, December 13.
The top 32 players in the PDC’s order of merit all go straight through to the second round, while the International qualifiers and the Pro Tour qualifiers will play in the first round.
Four-time semi-finalist Wayne Mardle and 1995 runner-up Rod Harrington will be conducting the draw alongside Sky Sports presenter Dave Clarke.
Who are the favorites?
Van Gerwen (5/4) is the outright favorite to win what will be his fourth World Championship. The 30-year-old has never defended his world championship trophy, one of the few missions in darts he’s failed to complete.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Gerwyn Price (9/2) is playing his best darts at the moment as the Welshman has charged up the order of merit over the last 12 months. According to title sponsor William Hill, Price is second favorite for the title. Crucially, he doesn’t find himself in Van Gerwen’s half of the draw. Peter Wright leads the chasing pack.
Glen Durrant (25/1), current BDO World Champion, has performed well during his first season in the PDC. On multiple occasions, Durrant has had his back against the wall through the season and successful come through.
Durrant will have to do it the hard way as he could face Daryl Gurney as early as the third round. His hard nosed fighting instincts and ability to finish the big numbers could make ‘Duzza’ a smart bet.
Raymond van Barneveld (100/1) will be retiring after the championships. He’s been out of form for a number of years now, but ‘Barney’ did show a glimpse of what he has left in the tank at the Players Championship.
The Dutchman reached the quarter-finals in Minehead, but he will be the most supported player in the event. One last blast?