Kong to destroy Richie Rich
Arguably the tastiest contest on Sunday at Lakeside is an all-English affair between Robbie Green and Richie George which the former should come through and head into the second round.
George had a great World Championship debut last year as he reached the semi-finals but in truth he did not have to perform that well to make it to the last four with his highest average of the tournament being under 84. He will have to do better than that if he is to eliminate Kong who is a very solid performer indeed and often worries the very best in the BDO.
Green has not won anything on the circuit this year but he reaches a lot of quarters and semis and certainly plenty more than his younger opponent has managed. He is a best price of 2/5 with Stan James to win the match but the better value is to back him with a -1.5 handicap at a best price of 5/6 with Bet365.
The second first round clash on Sunday sees BDO veteran Gary Robson take on Dutch youngster Ron Meulenkamp with the Englishman going in as the odds-on favourite. Robson has been a quarter-finalist three times at Lakeside although not since 2011. However, his form has been decent this year which is why he comes into this competition as the 13th seed.
Meulenkamp has been here once before and lost in the first round. He has had a decent year on tour but rarely makes an impact in the major events and Robson should have little trouble with him. Backing the Englishman at 4/6 with Stan James looks a very decent bet indeed.
The final first round match of the weekend is an all-Dutch clash between Remco van Eijden and Rick Hofstra. Van Eijden is the favourite and the seeded player but in truth there is very little between these two and it is pretty much a pick ‘em game. It would not be a massive surprise either way but with Hofstra behind in the betting he becomes good value with a +1.5 handicap at 4/6 with Boyle Sports.
In the preliminary contests on Sunday Christian Kist should have little trouble with Japanese qualifier Hiroaki Shimizu although Garry Thompson will not have it all his own way against American veteran Jim Widmayer. The New York native has been around a long time and won’t crumble on the big stage, over 3.5 sets at 4/9 with Sky Bet looks a certainty.
Finally Sam Head takes on the oldest man in the competition, New Zealand qualifier Mike Day and the young Englishman should come through this one fairly comfortably. Head has impressed on both the BDO and the PDC Challenge Tour in 2013 and backing him with a -1.5 handicap looks a good bet at 5/6 with Bet365.
Robbie Green (-1.5) to win @ 5/6 with Bet365
Gary Robson to win @ 4/6 with Stan James
Rick Hofstra (+1.5) @ 4/6 with Boyle Sports
Garry Thompson v Jim Widmayer over 3.5 sets @ 4/9 with Sky Bet
Sam Head (-1.5) to win @ 5/6 with Bet365
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