Darts Betting: PDC World Championship - Friday Tips

Gary Anderson v John Bowles

It wasn’t the best average of the first round, but Gary Anderson’s 3-1 win over Jani Haavisto was arguably one of the most impressive performances of the week. The Scot showed plenty of grit and determination to come through a tough match where he was pushed every step of the way.

He will expect to need to be on top of his game once again when he takes on one of the surprise packages of the first round, John Bowles. Bowles was one of the last men to qualify for the World Championships but wasted no time in making his mark on the tournament as he edged out Jamie Caven in a five-set thriller.

The problem a lot of surprise first-round winners have had at Ally Pally in the past (think back to James Richardson and Scott Rand from last year) is performing to the same levels in round two. Anderson is a 1.10 chance to win the match, and I don’t see anything to suggest it’s worth taking him on at those odds. I’m not too keen on the 4-0 whitewash, but 4-1 in favour of the 2011 finalist looks a good bet at odds of 3.25

Robert Thornton v Paul Nicholson

Robert Thornton kicked off the 2013 PDC World Championships with a comfortable 3-0 win over Magnus Caris. The Thorn has had a very good year, taking a maiden PDC Major title and climbing back up the rankings to number 17. He'll surely go even higher in the coming 12 months.

Nicholson was also a 3-0 winner in the first round as he beat an out-of-sorts Co Stompe in relatively comfortable fashion. But his three-dart average of 87.95, in comparison to Thornton’s 99.06, highlights the chasm of quality between these two players.

The winner of this match could face Phil Taylor in the third round and if it turns out to be Thornton the Scot will be eyeing three consecutive televised victories against The Power. I fancy he’ll set up that clash without any dramas and will be backing Thornton -1.5 sets in the handicap market at 1.95, as well as having a couple of quid on a 4-0 win at odds of 8.00

Phil Taylor v Jerry Hendriks

Phil Taylor left the Ally Pally stage more than a little disgusted with his first round performance, despite beating Michael Mansell 3-0. The Power averaged a relatively meagre 93.92 and hit just a solitary 180 and three 140s. Although the important thing was to win the match, Taylor wanted to lay down a marker at the start of this tournament. Instead, all the opening round talk has been about Raymond van Barneveld.

Jerry Hendriks showed that he has the nose for a fight in defeating Wayne Jones by winning every set in a final-leg decider. The young Dutchman averaged a meagre 87.50 but his 43% strike rate on the doubles won him the match. However, I just can’t see Taylor being anywhere near as poor this evening as he was in round one, and another five points on his average would see him win this at a canter. 4-0 is the obvious and best bet at odds of 1.80.

Suggested Bets:
Anderson to beat Bowles 4-1 @ 3.25
Thornton -1.5 sets @ 1.95
Taylor to win 4-0 @ 1.80