The 2024 PDC World Darts Championship will be the 31st edition of the tournament organised by the Professional Darts Organisation, with the Alexandra Palace hosting the event for the 17th time.
This years tournament could be the most exciting for a number of years due to there being a plethora of players who could potentially win the title.
Luke Humphries is among the favourites to lift the trophy
Humphries has won the World Grand Prix, Grand Slam, and the Players Championship Finals in the previous few months and with regards to darts odds, he is the 10/3 favourite to lift his first ever world title.
While his form may be excellent, Humphries will have plenty of the game’s superstars chasing him down at the 2024 event, none more so than Michael Van Gerwen, who is chasing his fourth world crown.
In terms of PDC World Championship winner betting, the Dutchman is currently second favourite behind the Englishman with odds of 7/2 and judging by his previous record at the event, he will be the one to beat.
Having lost his previous two finals, the three time world champion has unfinished business at Alexandra Palace and could 2024 be the year he claims another title?
The statistics to show why Michael Van Gerwen will win his fourth world title
Despite not winning the biggest event in darts since 2019, Van Gerwen has won a total of 14 major titles – including three Premier League wins – and has continued to dominate the sport.
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This season, the Dutchman has reached nine finals, winning six of those, yet he suffered a couple of damaging defeats along the way.
In March, he reached his fourth UK Open final and having won his previous three, it looked as though it would be another victory against the unheralded Andrew Gilding.
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In one of the shocks of 2023, Van Gerwen lost 11-10 to the 53-year-old and it sparked debate about his mentality.
His loss to Humphries in the Players Championship Finals in November perhaps wasn’t as big a surprise, but it would certainly have dented his confidence heading into the World Championships.
These defeats in big finals were disappointing, yet his statistics over the calendar year have been excellent.
His season average of 98.09 is just behind that of Humphries’ 98.59 and it proves he is still scoring extremely well and this will stand him in good stead, especially if his average is higher than the other contenders.
The 34-year-old currently holds a checkout success percentage of 40.1% for the 2023 season, although this is behind Humphries (41.5%) and Gerwyn Price (41.1%) and it suggests he may need to improve slightly once the event starts.
While six wins in a season should be considered a productive year, losing two major finals, and failing to win another world title will have rankled Van Gerwen.
He could begin 2024 with a bang by securing yet another world crown and while he may fail to catch Phil Taylor’s tally of 16, victory next month could be the catalyst for extended dominance at the tournament.