MVG and Whitlock to stroll through
Tuesday night sees two of the world’s top four players in action at the PDC World Championship and neither Michael van Gerwen nor Simon Whitlock should have any trouble in sailing through to the second round.
Whitlock takes on Ross Smith who is a tricky opponent for anyone in the floor tournaments but has not really proved himself on stage as yet. Having said that he did hit a 9-darter at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy earlier this year, but on his Grand Slam debut he didn’t impress losing all three matches and finishing bottom of his group.
The Wizard has not been in great form himself suffering a first round exit at the Players Championship Finals and losing early on in both recent Pro Tour events. However, he is a very consistent performer at World Championships and will be very much prepared for the Alexandra Palace. Whitlock should clean this up relatively quickly and a safe bet seems to be under 16.5 legs at 4/6 with Bet Victor.
MVG takes on the winner of the preliminary contest between Ben Ward and Zoran Lerchbacher who are both making their debuts at the Ally Pally. Ward is favourite coming through the Challenge Tour which is uber-competitive whilst Lerchbacher only came second in the Eastern European qualifier with Mensur Suljovic already having qualified. Ward should not have a problem here and should be backed with a -1.5 handicap at 8/11 with Bet365.
The first contest of the evening sees Colin Lloyd take on the Australian Beau Anderson in what could be a pretty slow start to the night’s entertainment. Anderson is on debut and has next to no big game experience meanwhile the veteran Lloyd is well out of form and will have plenty of nerves of his own. I don’t want to wish this on the London crowd but these two could stink the place out and under 4.5 180s looks good at 23/20 with Sporting Bet whilst it is odds-on elsewhere.
The other clash of the night is a tough one to predict between the erratic Vincent van der Voort and the returning Matt Clark who is back on the World Championship stage for the first time since 2010.
On his day Vincent van der Voort is much the better player but he is prone to a flop on the big stage. If he does turn it on though Clark will not be able to keep up so the Dutchman is worth backing at 11/10 with a -1.5 handicap with Paddy Power.
Simon Whitlock v Ross Smith under 16.5 legs @ 4/6 with Bet Victor
Ben Ward to win (-1.5) @ 8/11 with Bet365
Colin Lloyd v Beau Anderson under 4.5 180s @ 23/20 with Sporting Bet
Vincent van der Voort (-1.5) @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
• MVG must hit the heights to beat Wright
• Lewis to get the better of MVG
• Wade and Lewis set for another classic
• Newton can out-180 Wright
• Saturday afternoon to be a 180-fest
• Whitlock and Painter to fire in the maximums
• Pipe to win dance-off with Petersen
• Jackpot and Dutch Destroyer to turn on the style
• Part no pushover for Newton
• Painter and Nicholson to go all the way
• Taylor bullied and beaten by Smith
• Burnett can push the Hammer in round two
• Barney and Caven could produce classic
• Webster in trouble against Suljovic
• Bomber Brown to destroy Smith
• Baxter to be swamped by Evans
• Caven to out Klaas Jelle
• Nicholson and Kellett could go all the way
• Walsh in trouble against Komula
• Wright and Cullen can steal the show
• Taylor will prove he is still King of the world