Durrant and Ashton odds-on for BDO World Championship success

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Glen Durrant is the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship.

Duzza has dominated in all of his games so far and has been cut to 8/11 for success at the Lakeside on Sunday.

The Teeside-slinger posted a 95.29 average in his opening match against Gary Robson and followed that up with a 99.43 average in a 4-1 defeat of Darryl Fitton on Wednesday night.

With Durrant in such rampant form, it’s difficult to see anyone halting his charge towards a second successive world title.

Mark McGeeney is considered the most likely challenger to the number one seed at 11/2 after he produced an upset against Danny Noppert in the second-round.

He’s followed by two-time winner Scott Waites at 7/1 and Andy Baetens – conqueror of Scott Mitchell in the last round – at 12/1.

However, we like the look of 20/1 shot Michael Unterbuchner.

The Munich-native became the first ever German player to win a match at the Lakeside in his first round victory against the highly-rated Jamie Hughes.

He must now be seriously considered as a dark horse for the tournament at extremely enticing odds.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s World Championship, three-time champion Lisa Ashton is expected to justify favouritism at 10/11.

Aileen de Graaf made light work of Paula Jacklin the first round and is 9/2 for success, while Deta Hedman can be backed at 6/1.

At the same-price, it could be worth backing Anastasia Dobromyslova.

The Russian ace is another three-time winner and posted the highest average of the first round in a straight-sets victory over Anca Zijlstra.

She’s a tasty 6/1 to upset the odds.

You can also back the rejuvenated Fallon Sherrock at 10/1, Trina Gulliver at 16/1 and Sharon Prins at 25/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.