PDC WDC round 1 afternoon session: Diamond White to shine
Day 3: First round afternoon session plus preliminary action
- 2016 PDC World Darts Championship
- Saturday, December 19th
- Session from: 13:10-17:00 GMT
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Live on Sky Sports Darts and Sky Sports 2
Veterans Beaton, White and Painter feature
Coral writers preview the first weekend session of this year’s PDC World Darts Championship, with the likes of veterans Steve Beaton, Ian White and Kevin Painter in action.
Read on below to check out tasty odds for the four fixtures in the afternoon…
Preliminary round (best of three sets, no tie-break)
Kim Viljanen v Sven Groen
Experienced Finn Viljanen (slight 4/5 favourite) will be hoping he goes one round better than his achievement here last year as he takes on young Dutchman Groen (10/11) in the first match of the afternoon session.
Viljanen has tasted success back in Scandinavia and Russia this year, while Groen won a PDC World Central European Qualifying Event last month so both will be confident ahead of this battle.
It is likely to go all the way, so back the Finland thrower at a more enticing 12/5 price to hold his nerve and triumph 2-1.
Steve Beaton v Koha Kokiri
The Bronzed Adonis is a former BDO world champion (in 1996), but has not really managed to get near to repeating that feat in the PDC version, reaching only as far as the last 16 in 14 attempts.
Beaton is still going strong aged 51 and is the heavy 1/6 odds-on favourite for a reason, though, as he goes up against unknown quantity Kokiri (4/1) of New Zealand.
All hope is not lost for the Kiwi, however, as the experienced Englishman has lost in the first round here in the last two years, and has gone out to stars from the Southern Hemisphere in three of his previous four attempts.
Kokiri also comes into this event on the back of winning the Oceanic Masters, while Beaton hasn’t got past the last 16 of any competition in 2015. Back the former, therefore, at 9/1 to cause an almighty shock with a 3-2 victory.
Ian White v Dimitri van den Bergh
Diamond (2/9) is another who is expected to beat his first opponent Van den Bergh (10/3), though an upset is unlikely.
White is now among the top 10 names in the world rankings, and has reached the quarters at the likes of the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals in the latter half of the year.
Belgian Van den Bergh is an up-and-coming talent in the game, so is expected to still put up a fight, so take odds of 21/10 for Diamond to claim a 3-1 win.
Kevin Painter v Viljanen/Groen
Painter is a former finalist here way back in 2004, and has only gone out at the first round twice since, though should have no trouble against either Viljanen or Groen in the last match of the session.
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Coral’s top tip: White shouldn’t be too troubled by Van den Bergh, so is 21/10 to beat the Belgian 3-1.