Reigning PDC world champion and second seed Peter Wright will begin the defence of his title against Steve West or Amit Gilitwala following Thursday’s draw for the Alexandra Palace showpiece.

The Scot beat Michael van Gerwen to win his maiden world title last year and is 6/1 with Betfred to retain his crown at the festive extravaganza.

As the defending champion, Snakebite enters the tournament at the second round stage, where either world No 45 West or Indian debutant Gilitwala will be waiting.

Wright has been placed in the other half of the draw to world No.1 and top seed Van Gerwen, meaning they can’t meet until the final.

MVG is the 5/2 favourite to pick up the fourth world title of his career and will begin his quest against either Scotland’s Ryan Murray or Lourence Ilagan of the Philippines.

Fourth seed Michael Smith (14/1 PDC World Championship Outright) is a potential semi-final opponent for van Gerwen but Bully Boy must negotiate a tricky quarter which features three former world championship winners – Adrian Lewis (80/1), Gary Anderson (28/1) and Rob Cross (50/1).

Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant, who reached the last eight in 2019, has also been placed with Smith and co in the ultra-competitive second quarter.

Third seed and 2019 semi-finalist Gerwyn Price (5/1 Outright) has been handed a potential banana skin of a second-round draw against either Jamie Lewis or Luke Woodhouse.

The Welshman has been placed in quarter four, alongside sixth seed and 20/1 chance Nathan Aspinall, who was the other beaten semi-finalist last year.

Meanwhile, this year’s World Championship draw again features two female participants, with 60-year-old Deta Hedman set to make her debut after edging out the star of last year’s World Championships, Fallon Sherrock, in qualifying for a place in the first round.

The three-time BDO runner-up will face Andy Boulton in round one, while Lisa Ashton will square off against 28th seed Jamie Hughes.

The tie of the opening round pits former world youth champion Luke Humphries against the legendary Paul Lim, who will be back at Ally Pally 38 years on from his debut at the event.

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