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Christmas festivities are in full swing, the tinsel is rattling and office parties are creating redder faces than the hot summer sun so it must be World Championship Darts time.

The problem seasonal punters face is the complexity of the draw and mind boggling player selection that is available in The William Hill 2015 PDC World Championships.

To the untrained eye, and to be honest even to the knowing dart fan it’s very hard to know where to start in placing a sensible and fun bet.

So we’ve hooked up with the UK’s biggest darts stats man for his take on where you could look to get some darts betting secrets and value.

The betting low down on The William Hill 2015 PDC World Championships

Peter Wright is deserving of his 4th spot in the rankings and he is the most likely to progress from that quarter of the draw. It’s the Quarter of death though. The 5th seed Adrian Lewis has 7 people out of 8 who have thrown 100+ averages this year in his section of the draw! Gerwyn Price is one of them and he probably has literally the toughest route to the semi-final of anyone! Gilding, Lewis, Huybrechts, Wright! Wright has Keegan Brown in the first round which was one of the 5 non seeds to avoid. The others being Kyle Anderson, Alan Norris, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney.

Gary Anderson isn’t playing as well as when he won last year, but hard to back against him. He can be rubbish one day and hit 110 average the next so 7/1 isn’t a terrible price! It’s not the toughest quarter of the draw either although he lost to Gurney last month and could be playing him in the last 32.

Van Gerwen is obviously the favourite, but 5/4 is pretty mean. We won’t be backing him at that. He has won a lot recently, but Anderson was 10-7 up first to 11 and Peter Wright got pretty close recently as well. van Gerwen is not as dominant as Taylor used to be. He will be playing either Barney or Bunting in the last 16 as well. The Michael Smith section of the draw looks weak and could be the place to get an outsider. Maybe Benito van de Pas at 150/1 or Ian White at 125/1 or even Max Hopp at 500/1.

It’s boring, but the best winning could actually be Phil Taylor at 5/1. He has the easiest quarter of the draw for me. My guess at his route to the semis is Ono, Painter, Klaasen, Thornton. Not particularly tough compared to other people. I would fancy Thornton to have a chance anywhere except the worlds. He never seems to perform there.

For an outsider, Chisnall at 35/1, Thornton at 66/1 (generous given he won the World grand Prix a couple of months ago), Kim Huybrechts 80/1 and Bunting 150/1 are all well priced. For a total outsider I’d go for Kyle Anderson or Christian Kist at 500/1.

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