Merseyside darts stars Michael Smith and Stephen Bunting face tough draws in this year’s PDC World Championship.

The quarters and seedings were announced for the tournament which begins in two weeks, with Smith seeded number four and Bunting down at 26.

It is based on their performances in leagues and tournaments this 2020/21 season.

Michael van Gerwen is the number 1 seed once again this year. He’ll be looking to go one better after finishing as runner up last year. 

Bunting has been given the number 26 seed, a drop from his number 17 seed in last year’s tournament.

This comes off the back of his first round exit against Ryan Murray, in the Players Championship Finals in Coventry. 

‘The Bullet’ will be hoping to build on his fourth round exit last year.

He’ll be trying to get past the likes of reigning world champion and number 2 seed, Peter Wright, and number 7 seed James Wade. 

“Bullyboy” Smith has the same seed as last year’s tournament.

He will certainly look to improve on last year’s shock second round exit at the hands of first round qualifier Luke Woodhouse.

But he has been given a tough quarter of players with him potentially having to beat the likes of former world champions Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Rob Cross and just to top it off current Premier League champion Glen Durrant.

Both players will be looking out for the first round draw which will be made on Thursday December 3.