Snakebite set for return to oche

13 December 2017 23:09:48 GMTPlus11

Peter Wright is expected to return to action this week at the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship as the Scotsman has recovered from an illness which forced him to miss five exhibition events during November.

Wright reached the final in 2014 but was beaten 7-4 by Michael van Gerwen. On his run to the final, the world number two had victories over Michael Smith, Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock.

Last year Snakebite advanced to the last-four of the tournament before bowing out to Gary Anderson 6-3. Wright only dropped one set in his first three matches and averaged 99.83 in his semi-final defeat to the Flying Scotsman who was clinical with his finishing.

The 2017 season has been a big one for Wright as he won his first major ranking event in the UK Open at Minehead in March. The 47-year-old followed that up with final appearances in the Premier League, World Matchplay and Grand Slam of Darts but had to settle for the runner-up spot on each occasion.

Number two seed Wright can be backed at 1212/1 to win his maiden world title at the Alexandra Palace on 1st January. His opening tie is against Brazilian Diogo Portela, who is making his debut in the tournament. Snakebite is 1/33 to win the match, while the debutant is 14/1 to cause an upset.

Wright could face Anderson again later this month as the Scots are seeded to meet in the semi-final. A Scottish player has reached the final in each of the last four years so the pair will be hoping they can stretch that record even further.

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