Baxter to be swamped by Evans
Youth meets experience on Monday night at the World Championships as Ricky Evans takes on the veteran Ronnie Baxter and the youngster is a fantastic price to oust the older man.
Evans is establishing himself as a real force in the PDC after appearing in the World Youth Final and the Grand Slam for the first time this year. He may not have enjoyed success at either but it is his floor form that is catching the eye having reached a Pro Tour final and semi-final in November.
Ronnie Baxter’s form has not been anywhere near that level of late. He reached the UK Open quarter-final earlier in the year but that was the peak of his 2013 unfortunately for the Rocket. Evans is 6/4 with Bet365 to win this one and that looks far too good to turn down.
The highlight for many on Monday night will be the clash between the Huybrechts brothers Ronny and Kim. It is the younger brother Kim who is the clear favourite to win this one as he did when they met for the first time on stage at the Grand Slam last month.
Ronny is a very solid performer though and will not be on the wrong end of a thrashing from the Hurricane. It is a small price but it would be a major shock if one man failed to register a set; over 3.5 sets is 8/13 with Bet365 and can be backed with confidence.
Two World Championship stalwarts then meet as Mervyn King takes on the American Darin Young with the Englishman a hot favourite to progress. Young will be making his eighth appearance in the biggest tournament of them all and he has only progressed to the second round once so it is no surprise that King is favourite.
Young is certainly no mug though and picks up an awful lot of wins in his home country, albeit against significantly weaker opposition. Value is difficult to find in this one and it is not often we suggest a correct scoreline but King to win this one 3-1 looks the most tempting bet of the contest at 12/5 with Betfred.
Fan favourite Steve Beaton will be taking on the winner of the preliminary contest between Devon Peterson and Mohd Latif Sapup. The Malaysian was here last year, losing in the prelim, but Peterson is much the more experienced player and reached the last 32 in 2012. There is no surprise the South African is 1/4 to win this one and you can back him confidently with a -2.5 handicap at EVENS with Bet365.
Ricky Evans to win @ 6/4 with Bet365
Ronny Huybrechts v Kim Huybrechts over 3.5 sets @ 8/13 with Bet365
Mervyn King 3-1 Darin Young @ 12/5 with Betfred
Devon Peterson (-2.5) to win @ EVENS with Bet365
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