The first televised darts tournament of the year gets underway this month, with the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters beginning on Friday.
The eighth staging of the prestigious event takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. And it’s the world’s top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit following the World Championship that will battle it out for victory.
One man to watch will be world number two Peter Wright, fresh from his recent victory over world number one Michael van Gerwen.
Wright will be making his first appearance as world champion, bidding for his first Masters title. He’s currently 13/2 to clinch another win this month in one of the most difficult competitions in darts.
With the draw already made, the Scot will begin his campaign against world number 15 Joe Cullen. He’s available at 100/1 to cause a huge upset in round one and go on to win the tournament.
But five-time Masters winner Van Gerwen will be the man to beat. He’s searching for a sixth successive title, and has been drawn against the lowest seeded player in Jonny Clayton.
The Dutch superstar will be taking no chances, however, particularly after losing his World Championship title earlier this month. He’s currently 5/4 to win the Masters, with his opponent available at 150/1.
Also in contention is world number three Gerwyn Price. He’ll face the 14th-seeded Simon Whitlock in a repeat of their World Championship meeting. Price is available at 7/1 to progress all the way to the end, with Whitlock currently 125/1 to lift the trophy.
World number eight Nathan Aspinall will be making his Masters debut this time out, and has been handed a tough draw against 2014 champion James Wade.
Aspinall is 25/1 to go all the way and clinch success, with Wade available at 50/1.
And there’s another clash between two heavyweights of darts as former World Champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross come together in the opening round. The former is currently 66/1 to secure the title, with the latter 14/1.
Daryl Gurney meanwhile will be looking to get his career back on track with a good run in the competition. The Northern Irishman is available at 28/1 to win the tournament, with his first round opponent Dave Chisnall 25/1.
Completing the draw is Michael Smith (5) against Mensur Suljovic (12), with Gary Anderson (6) taking on Ian White (11).
Smith has been given odds of 22/1 to clinch his first trophy of 2020, with Suljovic currently 50/1 to do the same.
Anderson is available at 14/1, while White can be backed at 40/1.
The tournament will run from January 31 – February 2.