Name: Adrian Lewis (Jackpot)
World Ranking: 2
Best World Championship Performance: Winner (2011, 2012)
Entrance Music: Reach Up by Perfecto Allstarz
Lewis has developed a love affair with Alexandra Palace in recent years following his Ladbrokes World Darts Championships victories in both 2011 and 2012.
He returns in search of the hat-trick in average form, reaching only one tournament final since June, when winning the German Masters.
Lewis is a hefty 12/1 to claim a third title and avoiding Michael Van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock in the draw would be a big boost to his chances.
He has lost both meetings with Van Gerwin in 2012 and all of his last five showdowns with Whitlock.
Lewis begins his title defence against tournament debutant Gino Vos of Holland in what should prove a routine victory and he is 1/16 to progress to round two.