Durrant aims for title defence

02 January 2018 05:45:40 EST

Glen Durrant begins the defence of his BDO World Darts Championship when he takes on the winner of the preliminary tie between Gary Robson and Pengiran Mohamed in the first round of the tournament.

Duzza won the biggest prize of his career 12 months ago at Lakeside when, as the number one seed, he went all the way to lift the trophy, with victory coming over Danny Noppert in the final with a 7-3 scoreline.

The man from Middlesbrough is 1/7 to become the first back-to-back winner at Lakeside since Martin Adams achieved the feat in 2011.

Only eight players in history have won the BDO World Darts Championship more than once, so if Durrant is successful he will join an elite group of players that includes Phil Taylor, Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld.

A victory for Durrant in the final on January 14th would help him end the season as the number one-ranked player with the BDO.

The 47-year-old is third on the list which is calculated on a one-year rolling basis and is currently behind Mark McGeeney and Scott Mitchell, who hold the number one and two positions respectively.

Robson is 1/4 to win his preliminary match against Mohamed and set up a showdown with Durrant in the opening round.

The Englishman is a three-time quarter-finalist at Lakeside and has been to two BDO major finals. The biggest success of his career so far was his win in the 2005 World Darts Trophy where he beat Mervyn King 6-4 in the final.

If Durrant can get past his first-round opponent and continues to make progress through the draw, he is seeded to meet Mitchell in the semi-final, while he could face world number one McGeeney in the final.

Mitchell is 1212/1 to win a second world title, with McGeeney priced at 9/2.

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