The top seed is the legendary Phil Taylor, someone who has achieved more than anyone else in the sport of darts. The Power has won 15 World Championships and is the favourite to claim title number 16 at Alexandra Palace, having just won the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
Tournament sponsors Ladbrokes offer a best price 9/4 that Taylor lifts the very first Sid Waddell trophy which is named after the famous commentator that is fondly remembered by the darts community after essentially becoming the voice of the sport.
The Power has wobbled in the past couple of years when it has come to the grand stage, with Mark Webster and Dave Chisnall accounting for the 52-year-old, although it might be another young pretender that upstages Taylor this time around.
Michael van Gerwen might only be the 7th seed for the World Championship although Mighty Mike has had an incredible second half to 2012 and the best could be yet to come for a player that reached the last 16 of this competition twelve months ago before losing to Simon Whitlock.
MVG won his first PDC major title in October when claiming the World Grand Prix, while he nearly claimed the Grand Slam of Darts before losing to Raymond van Barneveld in the final. The best odds about Van Gerwen triumphing at Ally Pally is 5/1 (Sportingbet bookmaker) although he does appear to have a straightforward route to the quarter finals.
The defending champion is Adrian Lewis who has just had a baby boy which may hinder his chances of landing a consecutive hat-trick of world titles, although Jackpot knows what’s required to become a world champion and seems to come alive at Alexandra Palace despite being the target of the boo boys on a regular basis.
Lewis is available at 14/1 (Ladbrokes free bets) and does seem like a big price considering he’s got the course and distance in this tournament although he’s on a collision course with MVG in the quarter final and two into one won’t go.
Simon Whitlock is available at 16/1 (Sportingbet bookmaker) and the Australian is capable of outscoring any opponent, although the Wizard was badly beaten by Taylor at Minehead, while Gary Anderson is also in the top half and is starting to return to his best form. The big problem with the Flying Scotsman is that he does miss a lot of doubles under pressure despite being a high scorer.
Sky Bet are taking on Raymond van Barneveld who does seem to have a tough draw in the World Championship although the Dutchman demonstrated he can beat the best when defeating Van Gerwen in the Grand Slam of Darts.