PDC World Cup Betting: Welsh to go one better
England are made the odds-on favourites to win the 2012 PDC World Cup, despite falling at the first hurdle last time out, but the betting value looks to lie with last year’s runner-up.
With the world champion and world number one making up the team of two, it’s easy to see why England are made the short price favourites. But in a slightly alien format, which relies a lot on teamwork and team ethics, there’s plenty of room to oppose Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.
Both men have moved to quash any rumoured conflicts between the pair in recent years, but a healthy rivalry still runs deep. Healthy, that is, in events where they are competing against one another, not so healthy when they are part of the same side. The PDC World Cup it is very much about the team.
There is no way that Raymond van Barneveld would have won the 2010 World Cup had it not been for his Dutch partner Co Stompe. No way that Spanish pair Antonio Alcinas or Carlos Rodriguez would make the semi-finals of a major PDC tournament, eliminating Taylor, James Wade and Gary Anderson along the way, in a tournament that was not built on teamwork. And no way that a struggling Barrie Bates would have reached a major final without the help of teammate Mark Webster. In fact, Bates didn’t win a singles match in the whole tournament.
So we need to pick a team, rather than individuals. And that is why I come to last year’s runners-up, Wales.
We saw in their recent World Championship dual the mutual respect between Mark Webster and Richie Burnett. We’ve seen Webster carry Bates to the final of this tournament last time out. We know that Burnett and Webster are good friends. And we certainly know that they are top quality players, as evidenced by their respective world titles.
They’ve also managed to avoid the obvious potential banana skins – Spain, Canada, United States, Ireland, Austria – in the second round ,where they will play the winner of Finland and Croatia. At odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes, Wales are a standout each-way bet for the PDC World Cup.
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