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PDC World Championshop resumes, here is today’s preview

So now that Christmas is over and the toys have been opened and the turkey been ate, the PDC World Championship resumes today. Some great matches on today.

Simon Whitlock vs Mervyn King

This should be a great match between these two, they have played many a time in the BDO and the PDC. King is playing great in this tournament and Whitlock the same. Really I’d love to either of them in the next round as both should have won at least one Lakeside championship. Is this the year for one them? King to win.

Daryl Gurney vs Glen Durrant

Gurney hasn’t really done well in the PDC worlds previously and this is Durrants first attempt. Gurney seemed to have Durrants number during their previous visits, but Glen will have most of the crowd on his side. Looking forward to this one. Daryl to win for me.

Fallon Sherrock vs Chris Dobey

Chris Dobey usually has the crowd on his side, but he will be well under the pressure here against Fallon. Who knows how Dobey will react to it, playing a lady and playing against the crowd, he will have to have a lot of bottle as Sherrock will play her usual game. Fairytale will end sometime but who knows.

Gerwyn Price vs John Henderson

Big Hendo will have the crowd fired up for his match against Price. The crowd will be against Price here, as Hendo is a crowd favourite. Price is playing out of his skin recently and even with the crowd against him, I expect him to have too much for big Hendo. Price to win, most 180s and highest checkout.

Gary Anderson vs Nathan Aspinall

Gary Anderson when 3-1 down Ryan Searle, hit the boost and sped up the game which improved his scoring into his A game. Searle just couldn’t keep up and maybe a bit of naivety on his part he didnt play his own game and tried to keep up with Ando. I dont think this will affect Aspinall, he is one of the best young talents about and did well here last year. The Asp is a fantastic player, but maybe he might be overawed by playing Ando, who looked back to his best against Searle. Anderson to win in a thriller.

MVG vs Stephen Bunting

MVG will want a quick game here, but Bunting is a difficult opponent with him standing far right on the oche, it means MVG will have to adjust his walk back from the board. Small things like that can often put people off, but MVG is too experienced and mentally focused for that to happen here. Bunting will be out to avenge the 4-0 whitewash MVG dished out to best pal Ricky Evans in the last round. But I fear here for Bunting as well. Stephen will need to settle quick and win the first set or it could be over quick. MVG to win.

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.

PDC World Championship Day 6 Preview

The darts continues at the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.

Wednesday December 18

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Ron Meulenkamp vs Ben Robb

Ron The Bomb Meulenkamp should win this game on his experience alone. 3-1 to Meulenkamp.


Mickey Mansell vs Seigo Asada

We have previewed this game already – the Clonoe Cyclone if he wins the first set should settle in, but if Asada does, I can see Asada winning this game. His form is much better and he has won a ton of games over on the Asian Tour this year. Mansell will hit the most 180s.


Harry Ward vs Madars Razma

An even game, even though Harry Ward won a Pro Tour early in 2019, he hasnt done much since then. Madars Razma is someone who is dangerous as he can play great or not – who know’s on this one – flip a coin.


Stephen Bunting vs Monk/Justicia

The Bullet Stephen Bunting has been honing his craft in 2019 and steadily his games have been getting better and better. Stephen knows how to win set play and I expect him to beat either of his opponents 3-1.

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

James Wilson vs Nico Kurz

I do hope former BDO number 1 gets a win here – but he has had some injury problems in 2019 and not had a great year – nothing to suggest he will do any better here – so I will go with Nico to upset the bookies odds. 3-2.


Josh Payne vs Diogo Portela

Josh Payne all day here. Diogo has been on the BDO tour this year and not won anything, so I dont expect him to up to Josh’s level. Josh to win 3-0.


Gabriel Clemens vs Benito van de Pas

Gabriel Clemens to win quite convincingly here 3-0. Benito has slipped down the rankings and I dont expect he will ever get as high as he did.


James Wade vs Edhouse/Koltsov

An enigma James certainly is, but he rarely keeps losing. Wade hasnt done well in the Worlds previously and seems to always peak too early in the year in other competitions but I expect him to win against either Edhouse or Koltsov – whoever comes through that game. 3-0 to James,

PDC World Championship Day 5 Preview

An evening and afternoon session today, with first and second round games.

Tuesday December 17

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Ryan Searle vs Robbie King

Ryan Searle to win – cant predict a score as Robbie King is an unknown to most and could do anything – let’s see how he gets on.

Cristo Reyes vs Lourence Ilagan

Cristo Reyes will win this game 3-0 in my estimation. He is such a good scorer and hits big outshots. Ilagan won’t be able to keep up.


Rowby-John Rodriguez vs Noel Malicdem

Rowby John Rodriguez sometimes plays good, sometimes plays bad and sometimes really does stuff that annoys crowds and players. But Noel just doesnt have the scoring power enough to get enough darts at doubles. Rowby to win here.


Krzysztof Ratajski vs Lerchbacher

Poland vs Austria here. These two have played each other many times over the years in Eastern Europe. Ratajski is a winner in this one – even though Lerchy played a blinder against Hughes – I expect him to not hit the heights again. Ratajski to win 3-1.

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Ritchie Edhouse vs Boris Koltsov

Ritchie Edhouse versus Koltsov is an unknown match up. Edhouse you would think would be the favourite and I’m sure he has been practicing with Whitlock down in Portsmouth but you just never know with these two. I’d go with Edhouse with most 180s – and a flip of a coin for the winner in this one.


Jose De Sousa vs Damon Heta

Jose De Sousa is no mug and won two pro tours this year…He wins this game 3-0. Damon Heta comes all the way from Australia for this, but I can’t see how be replicate that form he had down under at the World Series.


Ted Evetts vs Fallon Sherrock

This is an intriguing game – Fallon is on a roll and is playing super darts and well capable of a 90+ average. Evetts has to be on his toes and from the start if he sees this one out. He topped the Development Tour, but he wont have played many lady players and probably not any of the calibre of Fallon. If Fallon wins the first set which she is capable of doing, then Evetts will be under the cosh and who knows if he is mature enough to handle that. I’d love to see Fallon win here – 3-2 to Fallon!


Jeffrey de Zwaan vs Young

JDZ against the North American who put Barney out to pasture in the first round. JDZ is a talent but thats just it – he is still relatively young and still to learn a lot – he is so talented, but he seems to have either really great form or not so good form. Young is a steady player and held up well against Barney and all the pressure from the crowd. I expect Young to win through this 3-2 in a cracker.

PDC World Championship Day 4 Preview

Day 4 of the PDC World Championship and there are only four games on tonight. – with three of them from Ireland!

Monday December 16

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Steve Lennon vs Callan Rydz

Irelands Steve Lennon had his taste of the big time with a good showing at the PDC Premier League in Dublin. However this is the World Championship and an even bigger stage with bigger crowds. I expect Steve to play his level game and get a win here. Callan Rydz is kind of an unknown outside his darting circle, a young talent that you just never know might spring a surprise. But not for me, I expect Steve to win this game 3-1.


William O’Connor vs Marko Kantele

William O’Connor from Limericak takes on Marko Kantele in the second game of the night. William cannot take Marko lightly, he has been around the block a few times and is a steady, if not spectacular player – he’s particularly good at tops, so William has to be on it like a car bonnet from the get go – or as Rod Harrington says ‘get out the gate quick!’. William can get jittery at times and will likely either annoy the crowd or do some silly stuff on stage to make the crowd worse… O’Connor to win 3-2.

Vincent van der Voort vs Keane Barry

The third match will be eagerly awaited here in Ireland – as another Irish contingent and one of the shinging lights of the game in Ireland Keane Barry takes on MVG’s best mate Vincent Van Der Voort. VVDV is such a fast player at times that combined with Barry – who is also rapid – will mean this game will be over quick one way of the other. VVDV is really experienced and I expect him to win this game by hook or crook. But I expect Barry to have some great highlights in this game. VVDV 3-1 for me.


Gary Anderson vs Dolan/Kumar

Up last we have Gary Anderson making his return to the big stage where he is a double back to back winner. Gary Anderson when he is on his A game beats ANYONE – yes ANYONE. Whether it’s Dolan or Kumar Gary wins and hits most 180s if he is on his game. Dolan could spoil things as he is a slow player – but I don’t forecast that. Gary to win.

PDC World Championship Day 3 Preview

A great day of darts today on a frosty Sunday.

Sunday December 15

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong

First up we have the Australian Kyle Anderson bidding to get through to the second round against the Chinese player Xiaochen Zong. Hard to look past Kyle here, but he has been very off weather this last 18 months. Hopefully Kyle shows his class here. Prediction 3-0.


Ross Smith vs Ciaran Teehan

I think Ciaran Teehan may shock a few with his arrows against Ross Smith. Ross has the confidence of beating MVG earlier during the year but Ciaran has been awesome locally here in Ireland and Northern Ireland the last year. I’m going for 3-2 win for Ciaran here – biased I know but I think he will do it.


Brendan Dolan vs Nitin Kumar

We have aleady previewed this game between NI’s Dolan and Nitin Kumar from India. 3-0 for Brendan Dolan.

Ian White vs Labanauskas

The highest ranked guy from Stoke these days is Ian Diamond White and he should on form and ranking with this game, but Lanbanauskas is no mug and I expect him to get a set at least. Ian White seems to come a cropper eventually in these majors, but generally he’s good till the quarters – no different here. Ian White to win 3-1.

Evening Session (7pm)

3 x First Round, 1 x Second Round

Arron Monk vs Jose Justicia

Kicking off the evening session is Jose Justicia and Aaron Monk. Jose famous for his falling out with Adrian Lewis which led to Jackpot’s 3 month suspension and fine. I think Jose comes through this one in a tight game 3-2.

Andy Boulton vs Danny Baggish

Andy Boulton from England has an opponent he has never played before in Danny Baggish from America. We have seen more of Baggish on our screens from the North American Championship and the World Series in Vegas – I expect Baggish to win this game 3-1 vs Boulton – who has not done much on the Pro Tour this year in 2019.

James Richardson vs Mikuru Suzuki

The penultimate game has Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki – the BDO Womens World Champion versus James Richardson. Will Ruthless be his typical self and play the board or will he be put off playing a lady? I dont expect him to be put off. What I do expect is James to win 3-0. Mikuru will have her moments and will win a few legs and have a few good high checkouts but that is all I can see her getting in this game.

Michael Smith vs Luke Woodhouse

Last up tonight is Michael Smith – last years finalist against Luke Woodhouse. Luke played well to beat Paul Lim 3-0 in the first round so I do expect Woodhouse to put up a good fight. Smith seems to get overawed with the majors at times – and start slow. But you cant keep a power scorer down and eventually he will fire up. Woodhouse to win first set and then Michael to win the next 3. 3-1 to Smith with most 180’s.