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Michael Smith Can Go One Step Closer At Ally Pally In 2020

Michael Smith reached his maiden World Championship final at the Alexandra Palace back in January where he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen 7-3. Although he was no match for Mighty Mike on that occasion, Bully Boy would have learnt so much from that experience.

Smith is still bidding for his major success with the PDC but that looks likely to come during the 2019/20 campaign as the man from St Helens is improving all the time. Once he gets his first big tournament win, the major titles are sure to keep coming.

The bookmakers make Smith an 11/1 shot in the Darts betting for the 2020 World Championship which looks to be the best value at this stage. Bully Boy has just van Gerwen and Gary Anderson ahead of him in the outright market, two players who deserve their spots in the betting. Smith’s odds could become much shorter later in the year if he continues his rise in the game.

It’s been a solid start to the season so far for the former PDC World Youth Champion. The 28-year-old reached the semi-final of the UK Open at Minehead, his best ever finish in the event. He does have some work to do if he is to progress through the semi-final of the Premier League but it is all to play for with six more weeks left in the competition.

Smith was not happy settling for the runner-up spot in the world final last year, which is a sign he has his eyes on going all the way in 2020.

Durrant Could Be Surprise Package On Debut In Tournament

Reigning BDO world champion Glen Durrant is set for his debut in the PDC World Darts Championship this year as he earned his card with the PDC weeks after his Lakeside success.

Duzza has been dominant with the BDO over the last few years, winning the last three world championship events with the organisation. Although the standard at the Alexandra Palace will be much tougher than the man from Middlesbrough is used to facing, at 25/1 in the outright market, he is a big price to win on his debut.

In 2007, Raymond van Barneveld was able to win the PDC World Championship on his first appearance since switching from the BDO. Barney defeated Phil Taylor in one of the greatest finals ever seen which went all the way down to a sudden leg. It would be unfair to compare Durrant to the Dutch legend but he definitely should not be underestimated.

Durrant has already proved that he is capable of being competitive in the PDC. In just his second ever event with the organisation, he reached the final of a Players Championship event where he lost 8-7 to Dave Chisnall. The following week though, he won his maiden event, beating Dimitri Van der Bergh 8-3.

Duzza is not afraid to win big tournaments, something which should stand him in good stead when he lines up at the oche for the first time at the Alexandra Palace in December in what should be another thrilling renewal of the biggest tournament in the sport.