PDC WDC round 2/last 16: King, Klaasen, Wade return
Holly Thackeray | December 28, 2015
Day 11: Second round/last 16 afternoon session
- 2016 PDC World Darts Championship
- Tuesday, December 29th
- Session from: 13:10-17:00 GMT
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Live on Sky Sports Darts and Sky Sports 1
Clash of King and Klaasen plus much more
Day 11 of the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship brings a varied afternoon roster to the Ally Pally, as Mervyn King and Jelle Klaasen square-up for the final second round scuffle, before young-guns Michael Smith and Benito van de Pas raise the curtain on the last 16.
This is a session simply too good to miss, as James Wade and Jamie Caven also take to the stage. Read on for Coral’s preview of the oche entertainment…
Mervyn King v Jelle Klaasen
Dutch dangerman Klaasen is odds-on 1/2 favourite to usurp currently higher-ranked The King, who at times struggled against preliminary round qualifier Aleksandr Oreshkin in his opener.
However, this encounter may not prove quite so clear cut, even for the in-form Cobra. Klaasen has come unstuck in three of his last four frays with King, and has a 10-13 losing record against the regal Englishman.
In The Cobra’s favour, however, is a 2006 BDO World Championship clash with King at this very same stage, in which Klaasen emerged 4-2 victor before going on to triumph in the tournament. Back the Dutchman at 7/2 to deliver by that same scoreline again here.
Michael Smith v Benito van de Pas
This one could surely prove to be the closest contest of this session, as Bully Boy and Big Ben are two of the most promising tungsten talents out there.
Smith has the advantage after sinking Van de Pas in four of their last five meetings, so is 1/3 for another oche triumph against this opponent. Big Ben (12/5) scalped Smith most recently and when it counted back in the 2010 World Youth Championship, but Bully Boy is a completely different beast now, and has been clocking up much higher averages. So, plump for English arrowsmith Smith at 9/2 to win 4-3.
James Wade v Jamie Caven
This is another match which may provide more darting drama than expected, as cool Caven (4/1 to win) has impressed at the Ally Pally so far. Jabba does not have a poor record against Wade (1/2 odds-on favourite) either, winning four of their past seven dust-ups.
However, whatever the result, this will prove to be Caven’s best-ever World Darts Championship finish, while eight-time major title winner Wade is a man for the big stage and so worth backing in current form at 15/8 to be King of the Oche (player to win match, most 180s and highest checkout. If any of the markets are tied, bets will be settled as losers).
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Coral’s top tip: Back Smith at a superb 7/2 to beat Van de Pas 4-3.