PDC World Darts Championship tips: Bookies back Price vs Wright final

After two weeks of incredible darting action, the race to win the PDC World Darts Championship is down to eight players - including three former conquerors of the Palace.

The new year is here, which can only mean one thing - it's the business end of the PDC World Darts Championship.

This year's event has been arguably one of the greatest following weeks of drama, controversy and even a surreal James Wade 'giving it some' moment.

However, the time for jokes is over. The eight men who remain in the competition stand 18 sets away from darting immortality.

Question is, who will hold their nerve and claim the sport's biggest prize? Here, we take a look at the latest odds ahead of the quarter-finals.

Outright odds

Gerwyn Price - 2/1

Peter Wright - 3/1

Michael Smith - 5/1

Gary Anderson - 15/2

Callan Rydz - 9/1

James Wade - 12/1

Luke Humphries - 12/1

Mervyn King - 28/1

Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith

Michael Smith during his match against Jonny Clayton on day twelve of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Wednesday December 29, 2021.

The quarter-final clash between Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith is rightfully being billed as one of the biggest darts matches of the year.

We may be a couple of rounds away from the final but considering how both these men have played over the course of the event, we could be in for a thriller.

Speaking of thrillers, Smith already delivered one in the previous round as he and Jonny Clayton went the distance in an Ally Pally classic.

By wining that close encounter, Bully Boy showed that he has the intestinal fortitude required to close out big games. After all, this has been one of his main question marks after losing all five of his major career finals - including the 2019 worlds.

Gerwyn Price during his match against Dirk van Duijvenbode on day twelve of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Wednesday December 29, 2021.

On the other hand, you have the smooth operator that is Gerwyn Price. As his nickname suggests, the Iceman has no issues when it comes to getting over the line.

Apart from a close shave against Kim Huybrechts, the Welshman has been relatively comfortable in the event and boasts a tournament average of 96.66.

Smith's tournament average is higher at 101.19, but that is unlikely to faze Price who is more than capable of stepping up when necessary.

The bookmakers expect a close game, but we're edging towards Price who knows how to deliver on the biggest stage of all.

James Wade vs Mervyn King

James Wade celebrates beating Martijn Kleermaker during day thirteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Thursday December 30, 2021.

One of the best stats of the tournament has to be the fact that James Wade has reached the quarter-final without hitting a single 180.

Despite this, the Machine has only dropped one set and currently holds a tournament average of 88.44.

To say that Wade is yet to be tested at the worlds would be a giant understatement. The 38-year-old cruised past Maik Kuivenhoven and Martijn Kleermaker as both of the Dutchmen failed to put together a credible challenge.

However, one man who can certainly give Wade a run for his money is Mervyn King.

Mervyn King celebrates against Steve Lennon during day eleven of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Tuesday December 28, 2021.

The 55-year-old veteran has gone from being the sport's pantomime villain to one of the crowd favourites as he continues to defy the odds.

Then again, it's no surprise King has become the darling of the Palace when you take into account his incredible comebacks.

The player was 2-0 down against Ryan Joyce before turning on the style and winning 3-2. A similar story unfolded in the previous round as King, who was 3-1 down against Raymond Smith, turned things around to take a sensational 4-3 victory.

Wade is the bookies favourite in this one, but his tournament average is a real worry. With that in mind, we're backing the underdog at 7/4.

Peter Wright vs Callan Rydz

Callan Rydz celebrates winning the 1st set during day thirteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Thursday December 30, 2021.

Callan Rydz was not a household darting name two weeks ago, but that is quickly beginning to change.

The fearless 23-year-old has reached the quarter-final after tearing through the field and only dropping one set in the process.

With a tournament average of 99.17, Rydz cruised past Brendan Dolan (3-0), thrashed Nathan Aspinall (4-0) and even took out everybody's favourite fireman, Alan Soutar (4-1).

Peter Wright celebrates beating Ryan Searle (not in picture) during day thirteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Thursday December 30, 2021.

Peter Wright also endured a relatively straight-forward path to the quarters. Snakebite dropped just three sets as he powered past Ryan Meikle, Damon Heta and Ryan Searle.

The former world champion has performed well but we're yet to see Wright properly tested.

If Rydz is once again on top form, Wright will most certainly face his toughest challenge at the tournament so far. Nevertheless, we're backing the Scot to pass that test.

Luke Humphries vs Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson darts PDC World Championships Dec21

Speaking of former world champions, Gary Anderson will be looking to maintain his charge at a third world title when he takes on Luke Humphries.

The Scotsman endured a tough draw to get to this point having played Adrian Lewis, Ian White and Rob Cross.

Anderson showed a lot of steel in the two previous rounds as he came back from 3-0 down against White before stopping Cross from inflicting a similar comeback win.

Luke Humphries reacts during day thirteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Thursday December 30, 2021.

Humphries is no stranger to comebacks either. The world number 19 was 3-1 down against Chris Dobey in the previous rounds yet somehow, he managed to come out on top.

Both men averaged 97 in their last game and a close contest is expected in their quarter-final clash.

Nevertheless, we're backing the experienced Anderson to prove the bookies right and win at around the 4/6 mark.

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