The 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship returns on Tuesday evening, with Alexandra Palace once again playing host to the biggest prize in darts.
The competition takes place across 16 days, and is set to come to a close on 3 January. A total of 96 of the world’s best darts players will go head-to-head.
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There will be a total of 28 sessions, with the pre-Christmas period seeing the first and second rounds played across nine days from December 15-23.
A huge £500,000 cash prize is on offer, along with the prestigious Sid Waddell trophy.
PDC World Darts Championship Schedule of Play
Tuesday 15th December 2020
18:10 Steve West v Amit Gilitwala
19:00 Steve Beaton v Diogo Portela
19:45 Jeff Smith v Keane Barry
Wednesday 16th December 2020
12:10 Ryan Joyce v Karel Sedlacek
13:00 Ross Smith v David Evans
13:45 William O’Connor v Niels Zonneveld
18:10 Max Hopp v Gordon Mathers
19:00 Callan Rydz v James Bailey
19:45 Adam Hunt v Lisa Ashton
Peter Wright famously secured a famous win last time out. He defeated Michael van Gerwen to become world champion for the very first time.
The tournament will, however, have a very different look this year. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that the organisers have had to reshape how operations will run.
Fortunately, fans are allowed to attend on the opening night. But London’s new restrictions mean that supporters will be unable to attend from Wednesday.
The first session will see Steve West take on Amit Gilitwala, with a meeting with defending champion Wright up for grabs in that encounter.
Steve Beaton meanwhile takes on Diogo Portela, with Jeff Smith taking on Keane Barry. Wright then steps up to the oche to make begin his title defence.
Other intriguing affairs include Glen Durrant taking on the winner of William O’Connor and Niels Zonneveld, with Daryl Gurney set to meet the winner of William O’Connor and Niels Zonneveld.
Last year’s runner up van Gerwen has been given an opening tie against either Ryan Murray or Lourence Ilagan.
And Gerwyn Price is set to come up against either Luke Woodhouse or Jamie Lewis.
And another player to keep an eye on is three-time BDO Women’s World Championship finalist Deta Hedman. The 61-year-old will make her debut at the competition.
She meets Andy Boulton in round one, having edged out Fallon Sherrock, who missed out on qualification for this year’s tournament.
Van Gerwen has been given odds of 28/11 to win the competition.
Price can be backed at 32/5, with Wright currently 34/5 to clinch back to back titles. Selected others include Michael Smith (29/2), James Wade (35/1), and Gary Anderson (43/1).