The PDC World Darts Championships continue from Alexandra Palace and on Wednesday we have a bumper eight games to choose from. As always, we’ve picked out our suggested four-fold which has been boosted from 6/1 to 7/1
PDC World Darts Day 7 Tips
- Mervyn King to win – 4/7
- William O’Connor to win – 4/5
- Michael van Gerwyn 3-0 – 8/11
- Stephen Bunting -1.5 – 1/2
We’re into the 2nd Round games at Ally Pally, which means we have a much better idea of the form of the players taking part. Ok, let’s get stuck into our acca:
Mervyn King to win – 4/7
First up, we have a belting looking tie between England’s Mervyn King (8/13) and American Danny Baggish (13/10).
King is on the decline in his latter years but is still a really classy player. The 56-year-old has reached eight major finals in his PDC career, was twice runner up in the BDO Worlds and last year had his best ever result at Ally Pally, losing in the quarters to James Wade.
I backed against Baggish in the first round and he made me eat my words, beating fellow North American Matt Campbell 3-0, with a 92.96 average.
Whilst I expect ‘The Gambler’ to provide some problems for ‘The King’ with his finishing, Mervyn should have too much scoring firepower and should put the American away.
William O’Connor to win – 4/5
Next on the oche are German Gabriel Clemens (Evs) and Ireland’s Willie O’Connor (4/5).
‘The Magpie’ was magnificent in his first round tie, beating the young female phenom Beau Greaves 3-0. The 36-year-old scored well throughout and finished with a 94+ average, as well as dealing with a hostile crowd.
Next, he faces Gabriel Clemens who is ranked 12 places above him at 25 in the world. The ‘German Giant’ reached the 3rd round last year, where he was eventually sent packing by Michael Smith.
The 39-year-old has had a decent year on tour , with three quarter finals and a 5th round at the UK Open. I just fancy O’Connor to maintain his momentum and pick up another W here.
Michael van Gerwyn 3-0 – 8/11
Here he comes… MVG (1/14) enters the tournament for a 2nd round match against Wales’ Lewy Williams (15/2), heavily fancied to go all the way and pick up his fourth world title.
‘Mighty Mike’ has had one of the best years of his career, in a real return to form, winning the Premier League, World Grand Prix, World Matchplay and Players Championships Finals.
Standing in his way, is 20-year-old Welshman Williams, who pulled off a shock 3-0 first round win over Dutchman Niels Zonneveld.
It’s the best Williams has played on the big stage but his average of 92.81 will not be anywhere near enough to live with van Gerwyn and I think he will fail to win a set here.
Stephen Bunting -1.5 – 1/2
Last match of the night is Englishman Stephen Bunting (1/5) taking on another American in Leonard Gates (7/2).
The ‘Soulger’ won over the Ally Pally crowd with his brilliant theatrics and dancing in his upset first round win over Geert Nentjes and will be hoping to have them on his side again on Wednesday night.
He’s going to have to raise his average of 81.21 though to deal with ‘The Bullet’.
The 37-year-old is a former BDO World Champion and whilst he’s not quite done it in the PDC, he has reached a semi final and a quarter final at the Worlds, showing his scoring prowess and class.
I’m taking Bunting to cover the 1.5 set handicap against the popular Gates at 1/2.
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