The 2021 PDC World Darts Championship is set to kick off this winter, with the event being the 28th edition of the sports most prestigious event and having arguable the most competitive field ever.
The tournament will start in December 2020, and conclude with the sports showpiece match, the final which will be held on New Years Day 2021.
The tournament will be welcomed by fans in all corners of the world, as the difficult year that has been plagued by COVID-19 comes to an end with a fun and exciting packed period of darting action.
The PDC calendar has been deeply affected by the virus, and the players will be more hungry for the World Championships than ever before.
The tournament will feature 96 of the worlds premier players, battling it out over 7 rounds for the prize of lifting the famous Sid Waddell trophy on New Years Day, and pocketing £500,000 towards their ranking.
Scotsman Peter Wright won the title last year for the first time, after previously losing to his final opponent and World Number 1 Michael Van Gerwen in the 2014 final.
Wright had survived a match dart in the tournaments first round, as Noel Malicdem missed the bullseye in his 3-2 loss to Wright. Wright moved up to World Number 2 after his win and pushed on to win his 3rd major title at the Masters, the year’s first televised event.
He will look to retain his title, and will surely be one of the frontrunners, but he will be targeted and may struggle to retain his title.
World Number 1 Michael van Gerwen will be most peoples favourite going into the event, having previously won the title 3 times.
He will look to seek revenge on Wright after his defeat in last years final. However, Van Gerwen has struggled compared to his very high standard this year, ever since his move to begin using Winmau Darts.
He won another of this year’s televised title, the UK Open defeating the Iceman Gerwyn Price in the final at Butlins Minehead. Price, the Welshman, will be another of the tournament favourites having competed with the world best players for the past year. He is a 2-time major winner, with both of his major titles coming at the Grand Slam.
The tournament gives a chance to less established players to prove their worth, and in the past, we have seen many players make a name for themselves from good performances at the event, such as Ryan Joyce and Nathan Aspinall.
This year there will be many players who believe that they have the ability to go far. These include Gabriel Clemens who has been very consistent on the Pro Tour this year, as well as Krzysztof Ratajski who won a players championship event in Wigan this year.
Other players who have the ability to show their potential are Jose de Sousa and Chris Dobey.
The tournament promises to be exciting and hard to call and will be a great watch over the festive period.