PDC WDC round 1: Reyes in first round rematch with Newton
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | December 21, 2015
Day 6: First round evening session
- 2016 PDC World Darts Championship
- Tuesday, December 22nd
- Session from: 19:10-23:00 GMT
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Live on Sky Sports Darts and Sky Sports 1
Crunch clashes galore on day six
In what is the first session of the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship without a preliminary round match-up, Coral preview the Tuesday night first round action which features four intriguing fixtures.
Yorkshireman Dean Winstanley opens the evening against Ronny Huybrechts, while there are crunch clashes between Dave Chisnall and Rowby-John Rodriguez after the Wes Newton v Cristo Reyes rematch, with Terry Jenkins rounding it all off.
Read on to find out more on the following first round fixtures…
Dean Winstanley v Ronny Huybrechts
While two Hurricanes (Kim Huybrechts and Rob Szabo) have already blown straight out of the tournament, at least one Huybrechts remains, as older brother Ronny takes his place on the oche on Tuesday.
However, in the first of three potential close battles on the night, the Belgian is up against Winstanley 8/11 odds-on favourite, who has won three of their four meetings.
The Rebel Huybrechts, though, has the ability to produce magic on his day having once reached the European Championship semis and World Cup of Darts final with his brother, so is a tempting 11/10 shout.
Over The Top Winstanley is one of the very few to have hit a nine-darter in this event, just one of six stars in the PDC edition to be exact, and so is a highly tempting 66/1 chance to do so again in this match.
Wes Newton v Cristo Reyes
This is one of the more intriguing first round ties that many would have penned in their darting diaries (everyone has one surely?), as it is a rematch from last year’s incredible clash at the same stage.
Spaniard Reyes was a little-known preliminary round qualifier in the 2015 edition, though caused an almighty shock in not only upsetting then-13th seed Newton but going on to reach the third last 16 – losing out only to eventual champion Gary Anderson.
The Spartan also defeated the Warrior (11/10 to win) this summer too, which is why he is the 8/11 odds-on favourite, but back him at 7/2 to triumph by the same 3-2 scoreline as last year in this event.
Dave Chisnall v Rowby-John Rodriguez
We’ve already witnessed a few high-profile first round matches, with Peter Wright against Keegan Brown being one, and now Chizzy (1/4 favourite) has a tough test on his hands as he faces young Austrian Rodriguez (3/1).
Two-time major event runner-up Chisnall on his day can beat anyone, as he is one of, if not, the most prolific 180 throwers in the game. You can back him at 11/8 to be King of the Oche (player to win, get most 180s and highest checkout. If any of the markets are tied, bets will be settled as losers).
If the Englishman is on top form he can win this with ease, and he is 11/5 to do so by a 3-1 scoreline.
Terry Jenkins v Darin Young
Jenkins is a popular figure wherever he goes and the crowd will no doubt be willing The Bull on to win, though his 1/6 odds suggest he won’t have too much trouble in doing so.
However, the 52-year-old comes up against American Young (4/1), who will certainly be no pushover having reached last 16s at a number of major tournaments.
This could go all the way, so take a price of 7/2 for Jenkins to edge it 3-2.
Check out more from our dedicated darts archive, where you’ll find much more on the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship.
Coral’s top tip: Chizzy is known as Maximums Man, so back him at 11/8 to be King of the Oche against Rodriguez.