BDO World Darts Championship Betting 2018 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Duzza the man to beat again at the Lakeside

Darts Betting

After the thrill of the PDC World Darts Championship, in which darts great Phil Taylor retired from the game as runner-up, attention switches over to the BDO World Darts Championship which starts on January 6th and runs through to the 14th. The tournament will once again be going off at the famous Lakeside Country Club in Surrey and the winner will walk away with a ÂŁ100,000 prize at the end of it. This will be the 41st edition of the tournament and Glen Durrant is the 5/4 favourite at Betfair to go out and defend his title.

BDO World Darts Championship Betting Odds

Glen Durrant 5/4, Danny Noppert 8/1, Scott Mitchell 12/1, Jamie Hughes 12/1, Cameron Menzies 16/1, Mark McGeeney 20/1, Scott Waites 20/1, Kyle McKinstry 33/1, Geert De Vos 33/1, Dean Reynolds 33/1, Martin Adams 33/1, Andy Baetens 40/1, bar 50/1.

BDO World Darts Championship Qualification

The top sixteen players in the BDO Rankings get the top seedings at the event. The only one of them who won’t be showing up is James Hurrell who had to withdraw and in comes Richie Edwards who was the next highest ranked player who hadn’t qualified in the first place. The following players ranked 17-24 in the BDO rankings get their places in the main draw, while the 25th and 26th ranked played have to start in the Preliminary Round. Last year’s losing finalist Danny Noppert wasn’t ranked high enough to return, but gets a place just for being last year’s finalist. Other players filling out the 32 players in the first round of the draw is made up from qualifiers.

BDO World Darts Championship Top 8 Seeds

Glen Durrant
Mark McGeeney
Jamie Hughes
Scott Mitchell
Ross Montgomery
Geert de Vos
Wesley Harms
Cameron Menzies

BDO World Darts Championship Preview

Glen Durrant is the man to beat in the BDO, he is pretty much head and shoulders above everyone else on the circuit. He has collected more ranking titles this year and it would be a huge shock if he didn’t go all the way again. Frankly, the level of competition on the BDO has been dropping year by year and there are indications that it is further in decline. Only two players before him have actually managed to successfully defend their first ever BDO World title. They were Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld so Durrant has some pretty big shoes to try and follow as he goes into this with extra pressure depend on his shoulders.

Durant went to the quarter finals of the Grand Slam of Darts back in November (a tournament featuring both PDC and BDO players) where he lost in the quarter finals to Peter Wright. Durant has won the Welsh Open, the Denmark Masters and the England Match Play this season but he hasn’t been particularly active on the circuit. Durrant gets his first game against either Gary Robson or Pengiran Mohamed in the first round.

Danny Noppert, despite not being in the ranking to automatically qualify, carries form as at the start of December he won the Finder Darts Masters for his first TV title and he goes as the second favourite at the World Championshp. He has managed to avoid a bad draw and goes in the opposite half of the draw to Durrant but he could end up meeting second seed Mark McGeeney in the second round. McGeeney though has a tough old first round match as he takes on three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams.

The unseeded Scott Waites has a tricky opener as well against Ross Montgomery. Montgomery had an easy win over Waites the last time that they met, but Waites will be a threat (and never a bad underdog to back) despite having had a fairly quiet 2017 season before of having taken time off for the birth of his daughter. Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion is in the same section of the draw as Montgomery/Waites as well and that looks the toughest of the lost. That will be second quarter of the draw and the winner of that quarter would likely meeting Durrant in the semi finals.

The one to oppose Durrant in the opposite half of the draw is third seed Jamie Hughes who does at least carry with him a good track record at the BDO World Darts Championship. Hughes has been to the semi final in the last two editions of the tournament so at least is a proven contender able to handle the pressure anyway. He is a decent 12/1 each way punt at Betfair to have a run at the title.

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