World Cup of Darts live on Sky Sports
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 08/06/18 8:12pm
Everything you need to know about the World Cup of Darts, live on Sky Sports from Thursday to Sunday.
Who are the defending champions?
The Netherlands. Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld won the title last year, and return to defend it. A fourth victory would tie England's record. They remain the only two nations to lift the prize.
But Scotland are the top seeds…
Gary Anderson and Peter 'Snakebite' Wright, on account of their PDC order of merit rankings, are seeded higher than Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld.
But, the Scottish duo suffered a humbling at the World Cup of Darts last year…
Anderson and Wright were shocked 5-2 by Singapore's Paul Lim and Harith Lim on the opening night of last year's tournament.
Who's representing England?
Gone are the days of Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Adrian Lewis, the pair that are responsible for all four of England's triumphs in this tournament.
World champion Rob Cross will team up with Dave Chisnall in a new-look England team. Let's hope it doesn't go to a penalty shoot-out.
Will we inevitably be eliminated by Germany?
The host nation are represented by Max Hopp and Martin Schindler but, luckily, this is one World Cup when England would be heavily favoured to beat Germany.
Who else shall we look out for?
Brazil's Diogo Portela, who debuted at last year's tournament then played at the World Darts Championship, is a fun character.
Momo Zhou will become China's first female competitor at the World Cup of Darts, making history.
World Cup of Darts - Thursday May 31
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World Cup of Darts - Friday June 1
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|England (2)||v||Czech Republic|
2018 World Cup of Darts - Saturday June 2
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Darts is back on your Sky Sports screens at the end of this month with the World Cup of Darts, live from Frankfurt - four days of live coverage get underway from 6pm on Sky Sports Action on Thursday May 31
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1 Scotland - Peter Wright & Gary Anderson
2 England - Rob Cross & Dave Chisnall
3 Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
5 Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
6 Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
7 Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
8 Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
Canada - John Part & Dawson Murschell
China - Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong
Czech Republic - Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Justin Broton
Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek
Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg
Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina
Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
Switzerland - Alexander Fehlmann & Andreas Bless
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America - Larry Butler & Darin Young