If you’re a real sports fan, and more importantly a proper punter, then you’ll know that December is the month we’ve all been waiting for. It’s already kicked off with some amazing Premier League action and bought us the ridiculous stat that Watford are the only team in the top tier that has won their last two games and The Foxes are top of the table. We also get to find out early in the month which English teams get to play in the Europa League after failing miserably to qualify from a pretty easy Champions League group. And then even more Prem footy with 5 games in the space of 3 weeks and more of a clue whether the Tinker Man can cause the biggest surprise in football history.
You know Christmas is here when on a cold Sunday you suddenly realise that Sports Personality Of The Year is on and you settle down for 3 hours of unadulterate sports heaven, only to realise after 15 minutes how that excitement has been drained from your body as there have been no proper sporting events to think of in 2015 and Greg Rutherford might win it. But this year may be different if the Gypsy Warrior has anything to say about it. Ok, so the guy on the BBC news is quite right, you can’t be a dickhead and win SPOTY, but you can certainly try. Tyson Fury may be outspoken, brash and a bit naive, but he’s bought a new perspective to the whole awards ceremony. It says nothing about having to have a nice personality to win it, and to be fair he does have a bit more charisma than the likes of Murray, Owen and Hamilton, all past winners. At 28/1 he’s a big price, considering what he did last month, but my powder is staying dry and I’ll be on the edge of my seat waiting to see who he manages to upset this time.
After finding out who the biggest dickhead is, we move a step closer to the major sporting event of the year as we set our sights on the Ally Pally. Anyone that has ever been to the arrers will know this is the best night of your life. You can pretend it’s the marriage to your school sweet heart, the birth of your first baby or even Leicester winning the league, but we all know just how good a night at the darts is. The prelims and round 1 of the PDC World Championships are often where the best action is, and watching Per Laursen v Andy Boulton at 2pm on a Thursday whilst you should be working is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Waiting to see who’s bum squeeks first and misses big 3 when they have 11 left.
This years tournament will be the highest quality we have ever seen, and that’s mainly thanks to the green machine, Michael van Gerwen. In 2015 Van Gerwen has won 18 tournaments, 172 matches and earned more than £900,000. He followed defeat in last year’s PDC world championship semi-final with 42 wins in the next 43 games, and he goes into this year’s tournament having won his last 21 matches. He absolutely loves coming from behind and it’s hard to see anyone fazing him, but at 11/10 that’s a lot of games to win. A couple of outsiders on my radar are Robert Thornton who smashes the 180’s like no one else but needs to take his early tournament form into the latter stages to give him a real chance, and past winner Gary ‘Dreamboy’ Anderson who on his day can match van Gerwen in scoring and finishes.
So if you fancy a punt take the 50’s and 8/1 and settle down for 2 weeks of wondering how good you’d be at darts if you played everyday!