King and Winstanley set for five sets
Tuesday could well be ladies night down at the social club, but you will not find many there this week with Steve Beaton taking to the stage at the Alexandra Palace meaning women around the country will be swooning over the darts coverage.
They will be all the more delighted when he cruises to a win against a rank outsider in Kyle Anderson who may well struggle on his debut at the world championships. Anderson qualified by winning the Oceanic Masters but that does not necessarily mean a great deal after Geoff Kime did the same last year and really did not impress in losing 3-0 to Mervyn King. The Adonis has been a bit inconsistent in recent times but he should have no problem in making it into round two here, he is 5/4 to win 3-0 with Sky Bet and that looks about right.
The prelim contest sees two men rarely seen on the PDC circuit but with pedigree on the BDO circuit. Lourence Ilagan has been to the semi-final of the World Masters in the past whilst Jamie Lewis has been to the same stage of the WDF World Cup. Lewis is strong favourite having qualified through the youth tour but his price of around 1/2 looks a bit stingy. Anything can happen in these short format preliminary matches and the 13/8 with Boyle Sports on the man from the Philippines could be the value bet.
Then the Warrior makes his way to the oche and Wes Newton will be hoping to wash away the bd memories of last year’s world championship performance. Newton completely fell apart on stage against Justin Pipe in the second round and made himself look a bit daft in tossing the game away, but there will be nothing of that this year, that’s for sure. The Warrior still hasn’t got over the line in a major final, coming close again in the European Championship final and this is unlikely to be his time at the worlds, he will have no problem seeing off Johnny Haines though who is capable but not on the same level as the world number six. Newton to win to nil looks a distinct possibility and whilst it’s odds-on in places it’s evens with Sky Bet and that looks good.
As good as the first three matches may be they will only be a warm-up for the tie of the first round which sees Mervyn King taking on Dean Winstanley. No one wanted to draw Winstanley and I’m sure Deano wasn’t overly keen on being pitted against the in-form King. This could so easily go either way and will almost certainly be decided by the odd missed double. King is marginal favourite but if any match is destined to go to five sets then it’s this one. The match to go the distance is 7/4 with Sky Bet and that seems a great price.
Finally Colin Osborne takes on the winner of Ilagan and Lewis and Ozzy is not necessarily someone that instills great confidence in this kind of situation. He is very inconsistent on TV and has been slipping down the rankings at an alarming rate. He should have enough to see off either potential opponent but it won’t be straightforward.
Beaton to win 3-0 @ 5/4 with Sky Bet
Newton to win 3-0 @ Evens with Sky Bet
Over 4.5 sets in King v Winstanley @ 7/4 with Sky Bet
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