This can’t happen in normal life, and football above all as it’s a sport based on respect. The Iceman’ won more titles than any other player in 2020 – cementing his superiority by claiming the biggest title in the sport on January 3, with an emphatic 7-3 win over Gary Anderson. Pep Guardiola even went out of his way to compliment the 23-year-old at the Etihad Stadium on the pitch following City’s win over Leicester last season. Williams, 19, played the full duration of last week’s 7-2 Carabao Cup third-round win at Lincoln and lost possession in the build-up to the hosts scoring their first goal. Kyrie Irving added 25 points and eight assists as the Nets shot 46.9 per cent and had enough scoring to compensate for Harden’s absence. I don’t think they can match him for scoring. It’s tough but I really believe if he can get past the first couple of rounds, I don’t think the latter few rounds to get through to the semi-finals will bother him.
I believe she’ll find it really tough against Andy Boulton. The world No 3 finished second in last year’s league phase, only to succumb to debutant Nathan Aspinall in the semi-finals. Clayton made a stunning run through the Masters to claim the 10th spot, beating Mervyn King in the final, which was a de facto Premier League play-off. The three-time major winner challenged Van Gerwen for top spot in the 2019 edition before losing out to the Dutchman in the corresponding final, and he’ll be bidding to recapture that form as he aims to recover from an opening-round exit at the Worlds. The 2019 UK Open champion – who also made back-to-back semi-finals at Alexandra Palace, is one of the most tenacious characters in the game, but he also possesses quality in abundance. De Sousa is one of darts’ most enchanting characters – his unorthodox methods of finishing, coupled with his suspect counting – adds to the intrigue, but he demonstrated his world-class ability by scooping November’s Grand Slam crown. With someone at that age, to have that kind of ability and confidence, the future looks very bright for her. The women’s forums that she has constructed over the last few years have put head coaches and GMs and lead scouting department people in front of some very viable, young, promising, talented women.
Two years ago he was fitting kitchens as he prepared to enter PDC Qualifying School – now he’s a major winner poised to feature alongside the world’s elite on a weekly basis. And I played it for two years. Across the four days, he won one title, reached two other finals and his worst showing was a quarter-final appearance. Deta has probably won more events than the whole field put together. Contrary to popular belief, Deta has got oodles of composure under pressure. Are you telling me James Wade hasn’t got composure under pressure? The only players that beat Wade at the moment seem to be the consistent types. He knows his players well, that’s the second thing, and he knows how to get the best out of them for that reason. A decade and three days after making his international debut against Wales in Dublin, the Leeds midfielder will lead out the side for the second time in his career in the absence of regular skipper Steven Davis and vice-captain Jonny Evans. The Ferret has enjoyed a whirlwind start to 2021. Few could have predicted that it would be the Welshman claiming the final Premier League pick, when the first nine players were originally announced at Christmas time.
The Teessider followed in the esteemed footsteps of Phil Taylor and Van Gerwen by becoming the third player since the tournament’s inception to top the league phase, before sealing the title with wins over Anderson and Aspinall on Finals Night. Six months on from claiming his first televised PDC major in Coventry with victory over Nathan Aspinall, Durrant suffered a seventh successive defeat to sit bottom of the pile. Reigning champion Glen Durrant will defend his title, whilst Nathan Aspinall – runner-up to ‘Duzza’ in last year’s showpiece – returns alongside two-time winner Gary Anderson, and former world champions Peter Wright and Rob Cross. Juventus were under scrutiny after defeat to Napoli had been followed by a Champions League loss against Porto, but the defending champions coasted to a comfortable success to move up to third in the table. The 35-year-old has yet to make his mark in the Premier League arena, however. Sheffield United rested Mark Duffy and Billy Sharp, who came on as a late substitute, during their win at Brentford in midweek. The victory came just eight months before his trainer Sir Henry Cecil succumbed to cancer, which made it even more poignant.