The 2022 PDC World Darts Championship gets underway on Wednesday, and as we look ahead to a thrilling three weeks of darting festivities, co-hosts Josh Gorton and Jon Dean are on hand to preview this year’s showpiece.
With resident stats man Neil Conner practising his Christmas carols, Josh and Jon take a look at how the draw shapes up, as defending champion Gerwyn Price bids to join an exclusive club by successfully retaining the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.
We also bring you an exclusive interview with the record-breaking Steve Beaton, who will make his 31st World Championship appearance at this year’s tournament, when he plays ‘The Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock in a fascinating opening round tie.
PDC World Championship preview (5:40) – The boys run the rule over this year’s PDC World Championship, assessing the chances of Price, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton et al. We also pick out some stand-out early ties and seeds that may struggle, before predicting who will be crowned 2022 world champion.
What Are The Odds? (30:00) – Josh takes us through the outright odds for this year’s PDC World Championship, with ‘The Iceman’ favourite to retain his crown. Jon and Josh also identify a few markets that could provide value over the coming weeks.
Steve Beaton Exclusive (37:00) – ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ is in typically positive mood as he reveals his pride at making World Championship history, while he also discusses his desire to land another major title, and the prospect of an Ally Pally showdown against trailblazer Sherrock.
In The News (53:10) – Josh has news regarding two players who have been forced to withdraw from this year’s PDC World Championship, and we also look ahead to the inaugural stagings of the WDF World Championship and the World Seniors Darts Championship in January.
Q&A section (1:09:30) – Josh answers a series of questions sent in by the listeners, with Steve Beaton, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld among the topics of conversation.
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