England odds-on to avenge World Cup woes
Bet365 make England their 8/11 favourites to win the 2012 PDC World Cup, despite losing at the second round stage of this competition last time out.
An England side made up of Phil Taylor and James Wade lost 6-5 to Spain in the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts 14 months ago. Now, with Wade replaced by two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, the bookies strongly believe that they will avenge that defeat by lifting the 2012 trophy.
It is hardly surprising, given that the team consists of the top two ranked players in the world, but the unique format, which is slightly alien to a lot of these players, can be conducive to upsets.
Australia are the second highest ranked team in the competition, represented by Paul Nicholson and Simon Whitlock, and are consequently made the 7/2 second-favourites. The Scotland team of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are third-favourites at odds of 7/1, followed by defending champions Netherlands at 10/1.
However, it won’t be the same two Dutchmen competing for the title this year as Vincent van der Voort’s assent up the PDC Order of Merit has seen him replace Co Stompe as Holland’s number two. The Flying Dutchman will partner Raymond van Barneveld.
Last year’s runners-up also have a new member as the resurgent Richie Burnett steps into the boots of Barrie Bates to partner Mark Webster for Wales. The Welsh duo, who faced each other in the opening round of the recent World Championships, are a 12/1 shot to go one better this year.
The 2012 PDC World Cup takes place this weekend in Hamburg, Germany and will be televised in its entirety on Sky Sports 1 and 2.