Anderson 7/2 for PDC three-peat in 2017

Flying Scotsman beats Lewis to retain title

Gary Anderson is 7/2 to complete a hat-trick of PDC World Championship titles next year after retaining his crown at Alexandra Palace.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ did not hit the heights of his stellar win over Phil Taylor a year ago - a victory that earned him his first crown - but did enough to beat Adrian Lewis 7-5.

Between them the pair posted a PDC record 34 180s while a maximum from Lewis in the fourth set saw the tournament record of 625 surpassed.

Anderson's spell in the limelight has come relatively late in his career and he is not expecting it to last forever but he is the second-favourite to win next year’s event.

“I was playing a good friend of mine and it just never happened, there were some good darts and some bad ones,” he said of his victory over Lewis.

“The way I played and the way Adie played, it killed the game. I'm getting old now so I'll take this! It would be lovely to come back for a third but the body is hurting. Us older ones are running out but I'll plod on.”

World number one Michael van Gerwen is the 7/4 favourite to win next year’s event, Phil Taylor is 7/1 and Lewis is 12/1 to make amends for his defeat in the final. Peter Wright and Michael Smith are 22/1 while Jelle Klaasen can be backed at 40/1 after reaching the semi-final this year before losing to Anderson.