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Darts stars James Wade and Simon Whitlock will have the backing of BetVictor when they arrow in to Alexandra Palace for the 2014 World Championship.

‘The Machine’ and ‘The Wizard’ will be sporting the BetVictor logo on their shirts throughout the biggest tournament in the sport after entering a new sponsorship deal.

The pair both represent excellent value at 33/1 joint fourth favourites for the title at betvictor.com and are in confident mood ahead of their first round clashes next week.

Australian ace Whitlock takes on Ross Smith on Tuesday December 17 and the world number four is hoping to recapture the form that saw him shoot his way to the final in 2010.

“I might have lost to Phil Taylor but it’s still the proudest night of my darting life and hopefully I can repeat it,” said Whitlock, who also reached the semi-finals in 2012.

“There is nothing like the World Championships and I can’t wait to get up on that stage again.

“It’s the biggest and best tournament of the year and the spotlight is really on everyone in the field.

“I feel as though I’m playing well enough to have another long run and hopefully reach the final again.

“I want to do myself and everyone who supports me proud. That now includes BetVictor and I’m so grateful that they have shown faith in me. I’ll do all I can to repay it.”

Wade, the PDC’s second most successful player with seven majors to his name, is hoping that this is his time to bag that elusive World Championship title.

‘The Machine’, who has reached the semi-finals three times, faces Darren Webster in his opener on Thursday 19 December and has his eyes firmly set on the big prize.

He said: “I’m feeling positive about the worlds. My mind is in the right place, my personal life is in the right place and my darts are feeling much better.

“I’ve been practicing hard so let’s hope it all pays off as I would love nothing more than to win the World Championship.

“I’ve been unlucky over the years but that’s the game of darts. There can only be one winner.”

On the new partnership with BetVictor, Wade added:  “I would like to say huge thank you to my new sponsor BetVictor.

“It is a great company and I feel proud to wear its name during the World Championship and for 2014.”

By Chris Murphy

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