iBet: A nine dart finish at the PDC World Championships looks unlikely

Gareth Purnell

PDC World Championship Darts, starts Friday

No nine dart finish at 8/11 with Sporting Bet

Ladbrokes are looking to ‘get’ Phil Taylor in the PDC Darts World Championship and are going to offer a stand-out 9/4 about the 15 times world champ on Friday morning. It’s interesting to note that ‘The Power’ has not made the final in either of the last two years. The real market springer has been Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, who was 200-1 at the beginning of the year but has come into 5/1 second favourite off the back of a stunning run of form. Adrian Lewis is 12-1. He’s had some time off but clearly loves this arena and format, having won the title for the last two years at 33/1 and 13/2 respectively. Taylor is also favourite to throw the most 180s and that looks wrong to me, as the Stoke legend is prone to throwing for 19s when the darts are not sitting to his liking in the 20s bed. Lewis and Raymond Van Barneveld are the only players to have achieved nine-dart finishes at the PDC and at 8/11 it looks worth backing against one this year.


The boys at tell me that Arbroath haven’t won against Celtic since 1937/38 season. The head-to-head is 29 wins to Celtic, three draws, and a single Arbroath win, and the last time Celtic went to Arbroath the score was 9-1. It’s 4/6 with a number of bookies that there will be over 3.5 goals in tonight’s Scottish Cup tie.

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