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The festive period has arrived once more, and that can only mean one thing: the PDC’s World Darts Championship is back on our screens.
Thursday night saw the action get underway in style as defending champ Michael van Gerwin easing his way into round two, and the matches come thick and fast between now and December 23rd. By the time Saturday’s action arrives, the likes of Phil Taylor, Rob Cross and Stephen Bunting will have all played too.
Nonetheless, the first weekend of action is where the excitement truly starts. Let’s get ready to chase the sun, and hopefully a tidy profit too.
Saturday’s PDC World Championship Matches & Betting
Saturday’s action will give fans a first glimpse at Gary Anderson as the Flying Scotsman takes on the winner of what should be an interesting best of three battle between Canada’s Jeff Smith and Englishman Luke Humphries. While we’d fancy Smith to prevail, it seems his chances of causing an upset against last year’s runner-up are next to zero.
The most fascinating battle of the day, however, sees Dutch rivals Jelle Klaasen and Jan Dekker face off for a place in round two. While last year’s Premier League participant will be fancied, Double Dekker should not be ruled out as he looks to progress for the first time.
Afternoon matches include Robert Thornton and Mervyn King in matches that they’ll each be expected to win while Benito van de Pas faces a difficult opener against Steve West. Both sessions should provide plenty of drama, and we’re opting for a couple of bets over the two sessions.
Sunday’s PDC World Championship Matches & Betting
Onto Sunday, and the headline match sees Dave Chisnall take on Vincent van den Voort. With the winner set to face Steve Beaton in round two and possible Raymond van Barneveld in round three, the last eight is surely on Chizzy’s agenda.
James Wade is the other big name in action on Sunday as the Machine takes on Keegan Brown in what is a potential banana skin. Still, the three-time semi-finalist will expect to go through. If he does, he’s likely to be met in round two by King, assuming he wins his Saturday round one match.
Kyle Anderson, Ian White, and Alan Norris are all in action over the course of the two sessions too, which should make for a fantastic Sunday of action. While it’s not quite the mouth-watering battles we should see from around round three onwards, there’s more than enough to get darts fans excited as the sport’s greatest event kicks up a gear or two.
Let’s just hope our bets win to build the bank balance ahead of round two.