The darts is back with the latest live streaming and odds from Alexandra Palace, with Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter, Raymond Van Barneveld v Mark Webster featuring Friday night.
Christmas may have been and gone for another year but the PDC World Championship continues to thrill audiences as the greatest darts competition on Earth gets back underway following their mini-break.
There are seven games to get through on a split afternoon/evening action, but the big guns are out in force this evening as they know this is a tournament that is wide open after Phil Taylor crashed out to young Michael Smith in the second round.
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Phil Taylor’s conqueror Smith takes to the stage against colourful Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in what is arguably the most fascinating clash of the evening despite both Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld being in action.
The St Helens thrower produced the game of his life to stun the 16-time world champion 4-3 but the markets are favouring the in-form Wright to knock out the man who has openly said he is here to win the tournament outright following his lights out job on the Power.
The world youth champion is a 15/8 shot to win whilst Snakebite is a very popular 4/9 chance. Our faith would be with the more experienced man despite Smith’s heroics in the last round.
That performance would have taken a lot out of the youngster and it’s unlikely he can continue his consistent throwing against a very dangerous double finding merchant.
Whitlock gets things underway in the evening session against 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter and the awesome Aussie will be well aware he is now the highest ranked player left in the top-side of the draw.
If his next few matches go the way the form book suggests, then he has a huge chance of making the final. But darts is rarely that simple and the danger Painter will provide Whitlock with can be explained simply by the fact that the Artist is just 21/10 to beat the Wizard.
Whitlock is a 4/9 chance to see off Painter, who whitewashed Paul Nicholson 4-0 in a ruthless first round showing.
The final match of the night sees two former BDO champions face each other as Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld battles Mark Webster. The Barney Army will be out in force for this one and they will be hoping their man can step up after only scraping through against the talented Jamie Caven last week. The Dutchman is a 2/7 poke to prevail while left-hander Webster can be backed at 100/30.