Name: Michael Van Gerwen (Mighty Mike)
World Ranking: 7
Best World Championship Performance: Last 16 (2012)
Entrance Music: Breathe by The Prodigy
It is a sign of the strength of Van Gerwen’s current form that a player that has never even reached the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is considered the second favourite for victory at 4/1.
Van Gerwen checked out 170 four times throughout the recent Grand Slam of Darts, where Phil Taylor was among his victims before a defeat in the final to fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.
In fact, Van Gerwen has reached at least the semi finals in five of his last seven tournaments and arrives at Alexandra Palace as the game’s most in-form player.
Van Gerwen’s talents have taken a while to mature as his stock was exceedingly high before his 18th birthday, but now at the age of 23 he seems ready to build on his promise.