Rob Cross the second most backed player to win the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship

Rob Cross the second most backed player to win the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship

‘Voltage’ is making his debut at the Alexandra Palace but is heavily backed to claim a stunning maiden title

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Rob Cross and on the eve of the biggest Darts tournament of the year, the 27-year old has been backed by punters to go all the way and win his first major title in London.

Barely anyone had heard of ‘Voltage’ outside of inner darting circles last year but his rise has been rapid, impressing everyone with great appearances on and off the stage. He beat Michael van Gerwen and won four Players Championship titles in this calendar year, propelling him into the top 20 of the World rankings.

A Quarter-final and Final appearance in the Grand Slam and European Championship respectively has further cemented his form and many are believing that Cross can go all the way and become champion of the World on New Year’s Day.

A massive 400/1 in July, Cross’ odds have tumbled throughout the months and he is now a 16-1 best price to win the Worlds. Since the World Grand Prix, 20% of bets have been placed on Cross, more than any other player apart from van Gerwen.

The Dutchman is still heavy favourite and odds-on at 8/11 to make it back-to-back titles and Mighty Mike could play Cross in the Semi-finals. The short price hasn’t put off 32% of punters however.

Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Phil Taylor as he brings the curtain down on a glittering career. The 16-time champion of the world (Copyright John McDonald) may just have one more tournament left in him and it will be an emotional night all round when he takes to the stage fpr the final time.

'The Power' is a best price of 14-1 to make the ultimate farewell statement and 10% of punters believe in fairytales. He has avoided van Gerwen’s side of the draw, which makes a final match-up between the two a possibility.

Finally, there is not a lot of love for Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld. ‘Snakebite’ captured his first ever televised major this year and is always there or thereabouts, but less than 4% of bettors have gone for the 14-1 shot. Barney has even less support in the market, with less than 2% of bets going on the five-time champion who is 66-1. But whoever your favourite is and whatever happens at the Ally Pally, it promises to be one heck of a tournament. 

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “With one legend of the game departing, darts fans may be getting used to a new ‘Power’ emerging in Rob Cross. Phil Taylor was 35 years-old when winning his first World Championship, so Cross has plenty of time to get somewhere close to Taylors achievements and 20% of punters reckon he can make the perfect start this month.”