5 Players Ready To Steal The Show At The 2022 William Hill World Darts Championship

Fallon Sherrock

The time has come once again, the tree is up, the dread of spending time with the in-laws is in the air and Michael Buble has emerged from cold storage to flog some more albums so it can only mean one thing, the PDC World Darts Championship is once again upon us!

The extravaganza takes place in London’s Ally Pally and fans will be eager to flock back after being shut out – all bar one night – of 2021’s affair. On that occasion, Welshmen Gerwyn Price scooped the prize and the half a million-pound winner’s purse to go with it.

Now with the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship on the horizon, here at HookedOnSports, we look at 5 players that could walk away with the Sid Waddell trophy come the 3rd of January.

1. Gerwyn Price – 7/2 Favourite

Gerwyn Price kisses PDC World Darts Championship trophy

What’s cooler than being cool? Being the reigning PDC World Darts Champion and The Iceman is favourite to retain his crown in 2022. The Welshman was forced to withdraw from the Premier League after contracting COVID-19 in April but bounced back to form with semi-final appearances in the UK Open, The Masters, and the World Cup Of Darts.

That was as good as it got until he met his World Cup playing partner Jonny Clayton in the final of the World Grand Prix only to lose 5-1. Price can never be counted out for long and the former rugby player grasped more silverware in November as he won his third Grand Slam Of Darts which may have just lit a fire under the Welshman at the most crucial time of the season.

2. Peter Wright – 6/1

Peter Wright

Wright had a disappointing defence of his 2020 World Championship crown as he limped out of the 2021 affair at the third round. As the season has progressed, however, the Scotsman has not been short of success as he lifted the Phil Taylor Trophy when he won the World Matchplay crown for the first time in the summer.

Victory for Scotland in the World Cup of Darts came as Wright teamed with John Henderson to claim the title with Wright seeing off Mensur Suljovic to bring the crown north of the border for just the second time. Wright followed up that success with a first-round knockout at the World Grand Prix so Snakebite will need more consistency if he wants to get the party started in the Ally Pally.

3. Jonny Clayton – 7/1

Jonny Clayton

Go Jonny Go has gone and had himself a banner year in 2021 winning his first televised titles as he claimed the Premier League crown in his inaugural season in the competition after already cleaning up at The Masters in January.

A semi-final appearance with Gerwyn Price at the World Cup of Darts followed with the Welsh duo unable to recapture the crown they won in 2020. Jonny was more than good in October when he captured the World Grand Prix title in a 5-1 thrashing of Price. After proving himself on the big stage in 2021 The Ferret can surely hope to be tickling the Sid Waddell Trophy in January.

4. –Dimitri Van den Bergh – 16/1

Dimitri Van den Bergh

A Belgian has never been able to call themselves PDC World Champion before but the dancing 27-year-old from Antwerp might just waltz off with that title come the 3rd of January. Van den Bergh captured his first major title in 2020 as he handily saw off two-time World Champion Gary Anderson in the final of the World Matchplay.

The Belgian nearly repeated the feat in 2021 only to fall to Peter Wright in the final. Dimitri Van den Bergh also made the final of the World Series Of Darts but hasn’t managed to repeat another major win on television as of yet. The star had to withdraw from November’s Grand Slam Of Darts after contracting COVID-19 but will look to bounce back as he enters the 2022 Worlds as the 5th seed. The DreamMaker will be hoping all his dreams come true on the Ally Pally stage but there are 95 of the world’s best looking to turn Van den Bergh’s experience into a nightmare.

5. Fallon Sherrock – 200/1

Fallon Sherrock

The Queen Of The Palace and the talk of the darts world since she shattered the glass ceiling back at the Worlds in 2020. Sherrock missed out on a place in the tournament in 2021 but is back for 2022 after qualifying as the Women’s Series Order Of Merit leader.

Fallon Sherrock delighted the crowds in Wolverhampton in November and she made it to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam Of Darts in her first outing in the tournament. The Queen made it through a tough group as she saw off Mike De Decker in a 5-0 whitewash before defeating Gabriel Clemens 5-3.

In the last 16 Sherrock proved to be the scourge of Mensur Suljovic again as, just like at the 2020 World Championship, she defeated the gentle Austrian before just losing out against Peter Wright in a thrilling quarter-final.

A first-round clash with another fan favourite Steve Beaton awaits and if she can get past the 1996 BDO World Champion she’ll face Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the second round. An outside bet to go all the way but The Queen Of The Palace will have nothing to fear with her loyal subjects roaring her on.

Check out the full first-round draw for the 2022 William Hill World Darts Championship here.

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