Anderson eyes third world title

12 December 2017 20:18:54 GMTPlus11

Gary Anderson is bidding for his third world darts championship in the 2018 renewal of the tournament which begins on Thursday at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The 2015 and 2016 champion has had a solid year on the circuit with final appearances at The Masters and Champions League.

Since beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in 2015, Anderson has done no worse than reach the final of the PDC World Darts Championship.

The 46-year old defended his title in 2016 with a 7-5 victory over Adrian Lewis in a high-class final, while he had to settle for the the runner-up spot in January when he fell to Michael van Gerwen 7-3.

The Flying Scotsman has been handed the number three seed in the draw for the 2018 renewal and can be backed at 1212/1 to land his third crown. His opening tie of the tournament will come against either Canadian Jeff Smith or Luke Humphries who will have to meet earlier in the night for a place in the first round.

If the seeds come through their respective quarters, Anderson could face fellow Scotsman Peter Wright in the semi-finals at the end of the year. In what is a tough bottom half of the draw, there is also the possibility of a rematch of the 2015 final in the last eight in what is Taylor's last ever world championship.

Anderson and van Gerwen could meet in the final again just as they did in the 2017 tournament. The Flying Scotsman also lost to van Gerwen in final of The Masters this season but he did beat the Dutchman in the Dubai Darts Masters.

The 2018 PDC World Darts Championship begins on 14th December when van Gerwen, 8/15 to win the 2018 title, begins his defence.

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