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PDC World Championships Preview


The action has just gotten underway in Alexandra Palace with some top quality action as Michael Van Gerwen came close to a nine darter in his victory over Jamie Caven. There was a shock in the last match last night as qualifier Christo Reyes knocked out the 13th seed Wes Newton in a sudden-death leg. The Tenerife player was not at all fazed by the occasion winning his preliminary match against Christian Perez 4-0 and showed great nerves to get past The Warrior hitting a 126 finish and posting a 93.47 3 dart average. In the beginning match Keegan Brown continued his great recent form by knocking out the former 2 time PDC World Champion John Part by 3-2.

The full draw for the World Championships is shown below. Richie Burnett has been suspended by the PDC due to “personal problems” and so will not take part in this tournament. Speculation is rife that he has failed a drug test however the organisation are keeping quiet which I feel is not the best way in handling this situation. The draw has left a lot of potential for top class early round fixtures. Stephen Bunting and James Wade look set to face each other in Round 2 if both get past their respective opening round matches.


Michael van Gerwen (1, Netherlands) v Joe Cullen (England)
Stuart Kellett (32, England) v Viljanen/Stein
Terry Jenkins (16, England) v John Weber (Australia)
Justin Pipe (17, England) v Laurence Ryder (Australia)
Dave Chisnall (8, England) v Ryan De Vreede (Netherlands)
Paul Nicholson (25, Australia) v Benito van de Pas (Netherlands)
Robert Thornton (9, Scotland) v Andrew Gilding (England)
Ronnie Baxter (24, England) v Mackenzie/Gurney
Peter Wright (5, Scotland) v Gerwyn Price (Wales)
Andy Smith (28, England) v Ronny Huybrechts (Belgium)
Andy Hamilton (12, England) v Dave Richardson (Canada)
Steve Beaton (21, England) v Kyle Anderson (Australia)
Gary Anderson (4, Scotland) v McGrath/Kirchner
Jelle Klaasen (29, Netherlands) v Christian Kist (Netherlands)
Wes Newton (13, England) v Christo Reyes
Kevin Painter (20, England) v Koltsov/Muramatsu
Phil Taylor (2, England) v Jyhan Artut (Germany)
Mark Webster (31, Wales) v Ron Meulenkamp (Netherlands)
Ian White (15, England) v Haavisto/Michael
Kim Huybrechts (18, Belgium) v Mickey Mansell (Northern Ireland
Simon Whitlock (7, Australia) v Darren Webster (England)
Dean Winstanley (26, England) v Wayne Jones (England)
Mervyn King (10, England) v Max Hopp (Germany)
Vincent van der Voort (23, Netherlands) v John Henderson (Scotland)
James Wade (6, England) v Jamie Lewis (Wales)
Stephen Bunting (27, England) v Wattimena/Marijanovic
Brendan Dolan (11, Northern Ireland) v Arendse/Hon
Michael Smith (22, England) v Mensur Suljovic (Austria)
Adrian Lewis (3, England) v David Pallett (England)
John Part (30, Canada) v Keegan Brown (England)
Raymond van Barneveld (14, Netherlands) v Rowby-John Rodriguez (Austria)
Jamie Caven (19, England) v Jason Hogg (Scotland)

*Bold signifies First Round Winner

Barney has been underestimated for the World Championships this year

In earlier darts blogs I have advised a bet on Gary Anderson to win the World Championships at 10/1. The price has subsequently gone in for the Scot after his recent Players Championship win. He is as short as 5/1 to win in some places which for me does not represent any value. The player who I do think is worth a punt at bigger odds is Raymond Van Barneveld at 50/1. He can sometimes show mental weakness when playing matches but I believe his Premier League win earlier this year has given him enough belief to show he can still produce world class performances when needed. I think he should be able to see off the challenge of Rowby-John Rodriguez and potentially Jamie Caven in the second round. He is one of the best players in the world when involved in set-play matches and so at these odds I think he is worth a bet.

Buntings scoring power makes him a great outside bet to hit the most maximums

I have decided to also look for for value in the most 180s market and have tipped up Stephen Bunting to get the most maximums at 20/1. The obvious negative is that he is playing James Wade in the second round but if he can get past him I think The Bullet can live up to his name and produce power scoring darts to win this bet. He was in scintillating form in the World Grand Prix scoring the most maximums in that tournament. He also beat Phil Taylor 10-9 in the European Championships. These recent performances have proven his confidence is growing and I think he could make a big impression over the coming weeks

In tonight’s action I feel that Peter Wright should be able to get past Gerwyn Price without any difficulty. I will back Snakebite to win 3-0 at odds of 9/5. Wright had a relatively successful Premier League debut this season and has been keeping his performance level high on the Tour. He should be able to produce a big start against his opponent and sail through to the next round.


2 points – Raymond Van Barneveld to win World Championships 50/1 Coral

1.5 points – Stephen Bunting to hit most 180s in tournament 20/1 Skybet

3 points – Peter Wright to best Gerwyn Price 3-0 9/5 Coral

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5 points – Gary Anderson to win PDC World Championships 10/1

About Author

25 years of age, first found an interest in horse racing and started that as my betting hobby, the Cheltenham festival and Aintree Grand National being must watch TV for me every year. Recently have developed a major interest in darts and like to give my thoughts on how players are performing and what I will be betting on. Have interest in several other sports such as NFL, football, golf and snooker. Secret to success is disciplined betting and always trying to find a value bet whenever I can, having a good pay-out from a small stake is key to success for me.

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