Friday December 20th
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
4 x Second Round
Darren Webster vs Yuki Yamada
The Demolition Man from Norwich will certainly be the favourite here in this opening match but he hasn’t ever really shone at the World Championships but I think he will have too much for Yamada. I can see Yamada getting a few legs when Webster misses an odd double, but I cant see him winning a set. Webster to win 3-0.
Mervyn King vs Ciaran Teehan
This will be a much anticipated match here in Ireland with Ireland’s Ciaran Teehan taking on Englands Mervyn King.
Ciaran Teehan showed no sign of nerves on his Ally Pally debut and proved just why he’s being touted as Ireland’s next big darting talent with a thumping 3-0 victory over Ross Smith, averaging 90 in the process.
Mervyn King may well be 33 years Teehan’s senior but at 53 there’s still plenty of fire left in the player who still has the best entrance music in the sport. Mervyn will maybe lose a set in this one but will eventually win out 3-1 in a close game.
Jonny Clayton vs Dekker
Toss of a coin for this one. Dekker came through a real struggle of a game against Ryan Joyce with an 80 odd average. Because if that I think Clayton wins this 3-1. Clayton won a Pro Tour event this year where Dekker hasn’t done anything of note at all, same here in this match. Another Welsh man in the next round.
Ricky Evans vs McGeeney
Two polar opposites in this game, whilst McGeeney isn’t terribly slow his play will seem it if Rapid Ricky Evan’s starts fast in this match. Evan’s has had a good 2019 reaching two European Tour finals and whilst he hasn’t had good results at the PDC Worlds previously I think hes too strong for McGeeney in this one. McGeeney has too much quality to not win a set or two but I think Evan’s will get to 3 sets first. Evans 3-2.
Evening Session (7pm)
4 x Second Round
Nathan Aspinall vs Danny Baggish
Nathan Aspinall has to be one of the best young talents around. If you haven’t seen his interview leading up to the Worlds, check it out, he has such a great attitude. The UK Open win has really upped his confidence. Baggish has to be one of the best to come out of the USA recently but longevity is still in question. This is still his first World Championship and didnt set the world alight in his 3-0 win over Andy Boulton averaging in the 80s. None of that will scare The Asp. Aspinall will win this game 3-0.
Joe Cullen vs Nico Kurz
How Nico Kurz got into this round I dont know. James Wilson missed 22 of his 26 darts at double that’s how! He wont be afforded the same with Joe Cullen. Kurz has to win the first set or he will lose 3-0 in sets in my opinion. Cullen to win 3-0.
Max Hopp vs Benito Van de Pas
Again another player in BVdP sneaked through with an 88 average against Gabriel Clemens to play Max Hopp. Who picked Benito to win that game? Not even Benito I reckon…Max Hopp will win this game 3-0 no question, too much scoring ability.
Peter Wright vs Noel Malicdem
Last up we have the mercurial showstopper Peter Snakebite Wright against Noel Malicdem. Anyone betting against Snakebite needs their head examined. Malicdem only got through as his opponent Rodriguez had only 14% checkout.
Snakebite has won four titles this season, including the televised German Darts Championship, while he also set new average record and reached two major finals at the Champions League and the Grand Slam. Snakey to win 3-0, most 180s and highest checkout.