World Championship 2nd round: Scottish trio and MVG in action
Following a brief break after the first round, the PDC World Darts Championship is back, with the likes of title holder Michael van Gerwen and Scottish titanic trio Robert Thornton, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson in action on the first day of the last 32.
Coral give punters a preview of the super Saturday fixtures.
Robert Thornton v Ronnie Baxter
The Thorn convincingly dispatched of Andrew Gilding in the first round 3-0, averaging 97.65, and is odds-on at 3/10 to beat Baxter (5/2 to win), who knocked out Daryl Gurney.
The duo have faced each other eight times before, with four victories apiece, so back a close 4-3 triumph in Thornton’s favour at 5/1.
“I’m feeling good,” the Scot said. “The performance against Andrew pleased me and I felt so comfortable. I’ve sometimes been really nervous on that stage, but I was relaxed and it showed. I feel I can do it again.”
Terry Jenkins v Laurence Ryder
Veteran Jenkins (odds-on at 1/6), a 2011 semi-finalst here, goes up against Australian Ryder (4/1), who upset Justin Pipe in the first round.
The Bull stampeded past another Aussie in the last 64, John Weber, getting one of the highest averages of the tournament so far with 98.73.
Peter Wright v Ronny Huybrechts
Snakebite (2/9) and Huybrechts (10/3) face off after whitewashing their opening round opponents. Last year’s finalist Wright, though, holds a 3-2 winning record over the Belgian, and should have enough to see him off again.
Following his 3-0 win over former rugby union pro Gerwyn Price, Wright said: “From the minute I’ve changed back [to my old darts], I felt everything fall into place and I really believe I can win this tournament.
”I’ve had an up and down year, swapping my darts around and stuff like that, but now I’m feeling a lot more settled.”
Dave Chisnall v Benito van de Pas
Tournament chance Chisnall (25/1) was a runner-up in the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship, and is priced at 10/1 to reach the final of this PDC version of the event.
Chizzy (2/9) faces a relatively straight-forward second round matchup against Dutch youngster Van de Pas (10/3), but will be wary of Big Ben after he upset Paul Nicholson in the last 64.
Michael van Gerwen v Sascha Stein
Preliminary qualifier Stein (14/1) faces the daunting task of facing world number one and defending champion Van Gerwen (heavily odds-on at 1/66).
Mighty Mike, who is the 11/4 tournament second-favourite, is a more enticing 4/7 chance to win 4-0.
Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
This duo know each other well, having met 13 times before, with Anderson (1/5) edging Dutchman Klaasen (7/2) out 7-6 in head-to-heads so far, winning the last three.
The Flying Scotsman (11/2 tournament third-favourite) and 2011 runner-up here found his first round opponent, Scott Kirchner, frustrating to beat, but spoke ahead of his next encounter against the 2006 BDO world champion.
“The first round is always the hardest, but playing Jelle will suit me because he plays quicker,” Anderson said. “I know Jelle’s game back-to-front and it will be a good pace.”