World Cup of Darts Preview

2023 World Cup Of Darts

Preview and Selections by Shane McArdle.

The 2023 World Cup Of Darts takes place from Thursday June 15th to Sunday June 18th from Eissporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, with 40 Nations taking part. Some new look teams will be taking part in this year’s tournament, as Keane Barry replaces Steve Lennon as William O’Connor’s Republic Of Ireland partner, whilst Rob Cross and Michael Smith again make up England’s team.

Wales have to be well fancied as they have Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton representing them and Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta will be feared as the Australian pairing and defending champions. Gary Anderson and Peter Wright make up a strong Scottish team.

Other notable pairings are – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan (Northern Ireland), Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri van den Bergh (Belgium), Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez (Austria), Gabriel Clemens & Martin Schindler (Germany), Jules van Dongen & Leonard Gates (USA), Paul Lim & Harith Lim (Singapore) and Jose Justicia & Tony Martinez (Spain)

The tournament features an exciting new-look pairs format with no singles play involved this time around.

The prize fund is £450,000, with a winner’s share of £80,000

Runners-up – £50,000

Semi-final Losers – £30,000

Last 16 Losers – £9,000

Second in group – £5,000

Third in Group – £4,000

England, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland are the top four ranked nations (based on the lowest cumulative PDC Order Of Merit ranking of the two competing players – and will therefore not enter the tournament until the last 16 stage.

The remaining 36 teams are split into 12 groups of three for the first round-robin round of matches, which includes a further 12 seeded nations, from which each group winner will progress.

Thursday June 15th (6pm)

Group Stages – First Round Matches (x12)

Switzerland v Italy – Prediction: Switzerland

Poland v Portugal – Prediction: Poland

Czech Rep v Singapore – Prediction: Czech Rep

Spain v South Africa – Prediction: Spain

Rep Of Ireland v Thailand – Prediction: Rep Of Ireland

Northern Ireland v France – Prediction: Northern Ireland

Belgium v Finland – Prediction: Belgium

Canada v India – Prediction: Canada

Austria v Denmark – Prediction: Austria

Germany v Hong Kong – Prediction: Germany

Australia v Guyana – Prediction: Australia

Latvia v New Zealand – Prediction: Latvia

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