Comfortable afternoons for Hammer and Chizzy
There has been drama and tension shown on near enough every face at the world championships now, but each player says they settle into the tournament after round one, so no missed doubles from here on in then boys?
I don’t think so. The format may be a little longer and the stomachs may be churning a little less but there will still be nerves jangling on the Ally Pally stage as we enter the second round.
The opening contest on Friday afternoon could be an absolute belter to kick off round two as Andy Hamilton takes on Richie Burnett just after midday. Neither had it easy in their first matches but both have made it here and will be looking to put those performances behind them. The Welshman especially will not want his figures playing on his mind after averaging 82.7 and finishing at 22%, it’s a given that if he repeats that kind of form he will get nothing from Hamilton.
The Hammer’s figures actually stacked up quite nicely averaging over 90 and finishing at 40% but he was made to fight hard by James Richardson and knows that if Burnett finds his game the Prince of Wales can score with the best of them and leave Hamilton behind.
Burnett has it in his locker to be a lot better than he was against James Hubbard but whether he can produce it over seven sets is severely in doubt. Hamilton rarely drops below the kind of figures he showed against Richardson and will most likely improve on them which will see him win fairly comfortably. The 6/5 on the Hammer under a -2.5 handicap looks pretty good with Paddy Power.
Following the two veterans are two younger bucks, one who is treading a new path by making it this far at the Alexandra Palace, in fact, Daryl Gurney had never entered the PDC world championships before and now he sensationally finds himself in the second round.
The young Northern Irishman scraped through his preliminary game and then did enough to see off an out of sorts Andy Smith in round one but now things are stepping up a notch against Chizzy. Chisnall seemed to have recovered from his bizarre Players Championship Finals flop and looked good against Shane Tichowitsch in round one and will be very confident of again reaching the third round stage.
There are not too many whitewashes at this stage but this has the makings of one with Gurney really having to stick 10 points on his average to keep pace with Chisnall. It was this stage last year at which Chizzy ousted the Power 4-1 and I expect him to go one better against Gurney. The man from St Helens to win 4-0 is 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
Finally on Friday afternoon we see Gary Anderson facing one of the surprise packages of the first round (although we called it) John Bowles. Bulldog was pretty poor in his prelim but scraped past Carlos Rodriguez then battled hard to see off Jamie Caven in the first round proper. He has his work cut out now though against a seemingly bang in form Gary Anderson.
The Flying Scotsman’s performances have been gradually improving of late and he was very convincing in round one against Jani Haavisto with his finishing being especially pleasing at comfortably over 50%. Bowles will not be easy to shake off though as he proved against Jabba and this could be a lengthier contest than some expect. What is guaranteed is plenty of maximums; each hit five in the last round over a shorter format and it is 6/5 with Blue Sq for there to be more than 10.5 this time around which looks a good price.
Andy Hamilton (-2.5) to win @ 6/5 with Paddy Power
Dave Chisnall to win 4-0 @ 11/4 with Ladbrokes
Gary Anderson v John Bowles over 10.5 180s @ 6/5 with Blue Sq
• Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen betting
• James Wade v Michael van Gerwen betting
• Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld betting
• Favourites to keep on winning
• Two epics in prospect on Friday
• Artist to brush the champion aside
• Newton to down Special Brew
• The Bull could charge through Hamilton
• Beaton could push Wade all the way
• Favourites to prosper on Saturday night
• The Rocket could soar against the Artist
• Part and Bull to go the distance
• Kellett to KO Big Vince
• Priestley to roll back the years
• King and Winstanley set for five sets
• Everybody loves Raymond
• Rodriguez or Bowles to steal the show
• Dolan to continue stellar form
• Part and Cullen could deliver an epic
• Hendriks to strike the right note against Jones
• Don't expect whitewashes on night one
• Big finishes & big averages to come
• Mighty Mike can rule the world
• Hammer has sights set on title
• 9/4 Taylor turns The Power back on
• World title odds slashed as Taylor bounces back