MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is the 4/5 favourite with sponsors William Hill to retain the William Hill World Darts Championship title.

Following the confirmation of the 72 competing players and the tournament's draw, William Hill have confirmed world number one Van Gerwen as the odds-on favourite as he bids for a third World Championship triumph.

Gary Anderson, the 2015 and 2016 World Champion and last year's beaten finalist, is the 6/1 second favourite ahead of the tournament, which is being played from December 14-January 1 at Alexandra Palace in London.

Number two seed Peter Wright is rated at 8/1 as he bids to follow up his brilliant 2017 - where he has won 11 titles including the UK Open - with his first World Championship title.

Legendary star Phil Taylor is 10/1 to mark his final tournament before retirement with a 17th World Championship victory.

Shooting star Rob Cross is 14/1 to lift the title on his World Championship debut, having won four ProTour events, reached the European Championship final and moved up to 20th in the world in his debut year as a professional.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney is 40/1 as he bids to follow October's maiden TV title with another victory.

Former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis are joined by Mensur Suljovic at 50/1 to scoop the title on New Year's Day, with the trio of Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock all 125/1.

William Hill's wide range of odds for the tournament includes markets on the nationality of the eventual champion, odds on the number of nine-dart finishes and 170 checkouts which may be achieved, as well as match odds.

For the latest odds and markets, visit the William Hill website.

William Hill World Darts Championship (Sponsors odds)
4/5 Michael van Gerwen
6/1 Gary Anderson
8/1 Peter Wright
10/1 Phil Taylor
14/1 Rob Cross
40/1 Daryl Gurney
50/1 Mensur Suljovic, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld
125/1 Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock
150/1 James Wade, Jelle Klaasen, Kim Huybrechts, Kyle Anderson
200/1 Alan Norris, Benito van de Pas, Darren Webster, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Gerwyn Price, Ian White, Joe Cullen
250/1 Cristo Reyes, Jonny Clayton, Krzysztof Ratajski, Mervyn King, Robert Thornton, Stephen Bunting
300/1 Steve West, Ted Evetts, Vincent van der Voort
500/1 Brendan Dolan, Chris Dobey, James Wilson, Jamie Lewis Jan Dekker, Jeff Smith, Jermaine Wattimena, John Henderson, Justin Pipe, Keegan Brown, Kevin Painter, Mark Webster, Ronny Huybrechts, Steve Beaton, Steve Lennon
1000/1 Toni Alcinas, Devon Petersen, James Richardson, Martin Schindler, Peter Jacques, Richard North, William O'Connor, Zoran Lerchbacher
2000/1 Aleksandr Oreshkin, Cody Harris, Gordon Mathers, Kenny Neyens, Kevin Munch, Kim Viljanen, Luke Humphries, Marko Kantele, Paul Lim, Seigo Asada, Willard Bruguier
2500/1 Bernie Smith, Christian Kist, Diogo Portela, Kai Fan Leung
5000/1 Alan Ljubic, Xiao Chen Zong
EW 1/2 Odds Place 1,2

Selected Specials
Nationality of Winner: 4/6 Dutch, 11/4 Scottish, 10/3 English, 8/1 Rest of the World

Total Nine Dart Finishes: 6/5 None, 11/8 Exactly One, 3/1 Two Or More

Total 170 Checkouts: 9/1 None, 7/4 1-2, 7/4 3-4, 3/1 5-6, 8/1 7 Or More

William Hill Match Odds
Thursday December 14 (7pm)
1/2 Steve Beaton v 8/5 William O'Connor
Evs James Wilson v 4/5 Krzysztof Ratajski
1/50 Michael van Gerwen v 14/1 Christian Kist
2/5 Gerwyn Price v 19/10 Ted Evetts

Friday December 15 (7pm)
7/4 Seigo Asada v 4/9 Gordon Mathers (P)
4/6 Stephen Bunting v 6/5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
1/8 Phil Taylor v 5/1 Chris Dobey
Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers - Odds TBC

Saturday December 16
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
10/3 Alan Ljubic v 2/9 Brendan Dolan (P)
8/13 Benito van de Pas v 13/10 Steve West
1/4 Mervyn King v 3/1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Robert Thornton v Alan Ljubic/Brendan Dolan - Odds TBC

Evening Session (7pm)
8/15 Jeff Smith v 6/4 Luke Humphries (P)
2/5 Joe Cullen v 19/10 Jermaine Wattimena
2/5 Jelle Klaasen v 19/10 Jan Dekker
Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries - Odds TBC

Sunday December 17
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
21/10 Kenny Neyens v 4/11 Jamie Lewis (P)
2/9 Alan Norris v 10/3 Kim Viljanen
1/5 Kyle Anderson v 7/2 Peter Jacques
Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis - Odds TBC

Evening Session (7pm)
7/4 Willard Bruguier v 4/9 Cody Harris (P)
1/5 James Wade v 7/2 Keegan Brown
1/3 Dave Chisnall v 12/5 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris - Odds TBC

Monday December 18 (7pm)
19/10 Kai Fan Leung v 2/5 Paul Lim (P)
1/6 Mensur Suljovic v 4/1 Kevin Painter
1/7 Daryl Gurney v 9/2 Ronny Huybrechts
Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim - Odds TBC

Tuesday December 19 (7pm)
4/5 Aleksandr Oreshkin v Evs Kevin Munch (P)
1/4 John Henderson v 3/1 Marko Kantele
1/6 Raymond van Barneveld v 4/1 Richard North
Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch - Odds TBC

Wednesday December 20 (7pm)
7/2 Xiao Chen Zong v 1/5 Bernie Smith (P)
2/5 Michael Smith v 19/10 Steve Lennon
2/7 Simon Whitlock v 13/5 Martin Schindler
Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith - Odds TBC

Thursday December 21 (7pm)
1/4 Cristo Reyes v 3/1 Toni Alcinas
2/7 Kim Huybrechts v 13/5 James Richardson
1/4 Darren Webster v 3/1 Devon Petersen
1/20 Peter Wright v 9/1 Diogo Portela

Odds courtesy William Hill and correct at time of writing. Subject to fluctuation. 18+. Please gamble responsibly. For advice & information visit www.whenthefunstops.co.uk