Rob Cross backed to retain the World Darts Championship ahead of last 16

Rob Cross backed to retain the World Darts Championship ahead of last 16

‘Voltage’ has received more bets than anyone else during the break to go back-to-back.

Rob Cross was dismissed by punters before the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, but now he’s been backed by 31% of all bets since the Christmas break to retain his title.

Compare that to the 4% of ante-post bets he picked up before the tournament started, and it caps a fantastic turnaround for ‘Voltage’.

Cross was an unknown amateur just two years ago, but he won at 16/1 last year to shock the world. He’s half that now at 8/1 best price to repeat his trick.

While Cross is the punters pick, Michael van Gerwen is the second favourite having received 21% of bets. He’s still odds-against at 5/4 to pick up his third crown. 

The big market mover is Nathan Aspinall, with ‘The Asp’ in from 1000/1 into 66/1 best price, and has attracted 9% of bets during the break.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Rob Cross was barely touched going into the Worlds but he’s dropped just one set so far and has averaged over 100 in his two matches. A potential clash against Dimitri van den Bergh awaits – A rematch of last year’s quarter-final, it could be spectacular.”