PDC Worlds Rd 1 Preview Mansell vs Asada

Mickey Mansell will take on Japan’s Seigo Asada in the second match today, as the PDC World Championship on Sky Sports continues…

Facts and figures

Match time/date: 1:30pm, December 18th

Head-to-head record: No previous meetings

PDC Worlds Appearances: Mansell (5 times), Asada (3 times)

THE PLAYERS

MICKEY MANSELL

  • Mickey Mansell is appearing at the PDC World Championship for the fifth time and is still searching for his first win on the Alexandra Palace stage.
  • The Northern Irishman bowed out in disappointing fashion against Jim Long in round one last year with an average of 74.45. The set he did win against Long is the only one he has managed to win at a World Championship tournament.
  • Mansell won a ranking tournament in 2018 but his form in 2019 has not been good with only one quarter-final appearance. He only just scraped into this tournament in last place of the cut-off for the ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers.

SEIGO ASADA

  • Seigo Asada is making his third PDC World Championship appearance, he also competed at the Lakeside in the BDO World Championship on three occasions.
  • Last year he defeated Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in round one before losing in a tense tie-breaker against James Wade in the second round. At the 2017/18 PDC World Championship he lost to the eventual winner Rob Cross.
  • Asada plays on the PDC Asian Tour circuit where he has won multiple tournaments over the last couple of years. He has represented Japan in the last two years at the World Cup of Darts where they reached the quarter-finals in 2018 and semi-finals earlier this year.

THE PREDICTION

Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell doesnt have a great record at Ally Pally and this time he has quite a stiff opponent in Round One with Japanese star Seigo Asada.

Asada will fancy his chances in this one being that he has had quite a good year on the Asian Tour and reached the semi final at the PDC World Cup.

The Japanese player is a very capable performer and seems to be improving all the time. He should carry lots of confidence from success on the Asian Tour and he will provide a difficult task for Mickey. I expect the crowd to be on Asada’s side here too.

If the Mickey Mansell I know appears then it will be close, but going on form it’s hard not to look past Asada. Mansell has done well in the last year locally, but it’s a step up competing at Ally Pally. This could go either way – and I expect a 3-1 either way – whomever takes the first set and settles quickest. The only bet I can go with here is Mansell with most 180’s.

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