2017 Betway World Cup of Darts – Tournament Preview

2017 World Cup of Darts preview.
2017 World Cup of Darts preview: This year’s edition promises to be yet another thrilling show of global darts!
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2017 World Cup of Darts preview

Darts World produce a 2017 World Cup of Darts preview, with this year seeing 32 nations across six continents take part for the first time from June 1-4 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Find out more about each country in our in-depth country profiles article.

England are the defending champions, and have won four of the previous six editions, but will be without Phil Taylor this year.

Dave Chisnall is his replacement, and the 180 specialist will team up with Adrian Lewis in the hope of helping his nation to a third straight title.

England take on fellow British territory Gibraltar, who have 2016 Gibraltar Darts Trophy quarter-finalist Dyson Parody, as well as Dylan Duo, who returns to the set-up after missing out the last two years.

Meanwhile, Scotland are the top seeds for the first time, thanks to boasting worlds number two and three Gary Anderson and Peter Wright respectively.

The pair reached the final in 2015, and have a great chance of doing at least the same again, after avoiding England and the Netherlands in the top half of the draw.

Scotland take on Singapore first, with the Asian nation able to call upon the first man to ever hit a World Championship nine-darter in Paul Lim for the fourth year in succession.

But tournament sponsors betway have made the Netherlands slight favourites to win back their first title (and third in total) since 2014. That’s despite them being third seeds.

In world number one Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, they are the only pairing in this year’s event both to have won a World Cup.

The Dutch take on the Czech Republic first, in a relatively straight forward tie as they are still yet to win a match in this event in three attempts.

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Elsewhere, the other three former finalist nations Wales, Australia and Belgium have all been drawn in the same top half.

In-form Gerwyn Price joins former 2008 BDO world champion Mark Webster in Wales’ team for the second straight year, and they kick off their campaign against Finland.

They could face Australia as early as the quarter-finals, and the Aussies should have no troubles getting to that stage for the fourth year in succession.

Ever-present World Cup star Simon Whitlock, who reached the final in 2012 with Paul Nicholson, partners Kyle Anderson again, and they’ll be confident in beating Denmark for the second straight year.

Belgium, meanwhile, have never gone out earlier than the quarters since Kim Huybrechts joined the team in 2012, and with his half-brother Ronny they were shock finalists in 2013. They take on New Zealand up first.

Sixth seeds Northern Ireland face host nation Germany in perhaps the match of the first round, and it really could be a fiery and nervy occasion for both teams.

The Germans, who have 20-year-old duo Max Hopp and Martin Schindler in their side this year, will be desperate to go through after losing in the first round last year.

But the British nation boast in-form Daryl Gurney and the experienced Brendan Dolan, who got all the way to the semis last time.

Another intriguing opening stage battle sees two debutants drawn against each other, Brazil and Switzerland.

The South Americans are the first ever nation from their continent to take part in the PDC World Cup of Darts, while the Swiss only made it after fellow Europeans Latvia pulled out just before the deadline.

Brazil have PDC player Diogo Portela, who made his European Tour debut this year, to turn to and are slight favourites for this clash.

Austria are the other seeded country we’ve yet to mention, and with Mensur Suljovic in their team, anything is possible. They face China first.

Other nations to look out for, who have done well in the World Cup in the past, include a John Part-led Canada, Spain, South Africa, USA and Hong Kong, who are against respective teams Hungary, Japan, Sweden, Italy and Russia.

Thailand v Greece and Republic of Ireland v Poland are the final two fixtures of our 2017 World Cup of Darts preview, which on paper look very close.

Draw & schedule

Thursday, June 1 (8pm local time, 7pm BST)

First round

Thailand v Greece
Hong Kong v Russia
Republic of Ireland v Poland
Japan v Spain
Belgium v New Zealand
Australia v Denmark
Scotland v Singapore
Wales v Finland

Friday, June 2 (8pm local time, 7pm BST)

First round

USA v Italy
Hungary v Canada
Austria v China
South Africa v Sweden
Brazil v Switzerland
Northern Ireland v Germany
England v Gibraltar
Netherlands v Czech Republic

Saturday, June 3

Second round

Afternoon session (2pm local time, 1pm BST)
Belgium/New Zealand v Thailand/Greece
Wales/Finland v Republic of Ireland/Poland
Australia/Denmark v Hong Kong/Russia
Scotland/Singapore v Japan/Spain

Evening session (8pm local time, 7pm BST)
Austria/China v Hungary/Canada
Northern Ireland/Germany v Brazil/Switzerland
England/Gibraltar v South Africa/Sweden
Netherlands/Czech Republic v USA/Italy

Sunday, June 4

Afternoon session (2pm local time, 1pm BST)
Quarter-finals

Evening session (8pm local time, 7pm BST)
Semi-finals
Final

First round draw & tournament bracket

(1) Scotland v Singapore
Japan v Spain
(8) Belgium v New Zealand
Thailand v Greece
(5) Australia v Denmark
Hong Kong v Russia
(4) Wales v Finland
Republic of Ireland v Poland

(2) England v Gibraltar
South Africa v Sweden
(7) Austria v China
Hungary v Canada
(6) Northern Ireland v Germany
Brazil v Switzerland
(3) Netherlands v Czech Republic
USA v Italy