van Gerwen continues to dominate World Championship darts betting
After losing ten seeds in the opening round of this year’s PDC World Championship, the second round went much more to the form book as the leading players cruised into the last sixteen.
After his scare in round one it was business as usual for top seed Michael van Gerwen while the other top seeds also booked their place in the second week. Keep reading for our preview of the third round of the 2016 PDC World Championship.
Mighty Mike in impeccable form as he reaches round three
After surviving a fightback in round one, Michael van Gerwen was back to his imperious best as he thrashed Darren Webster 4-0 in an almost perfect display of darts. The Dutchman recorded the fourth highest average ever seen at the Alexandra Palace (109) dropping just one leg on the way to a comfortable victory.
The top seed now faces compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in round three and he was delighted with his performance. “It was my goal to be good from the beginning to the end, and I played amazing,” he said. “Everyone needs to look out for me now.
“I always have fantastic games with Barney but with this performance, I will go into it with real confidence.”
The 2007 champion beat Stephen Bunting in the match of the round, eventually winning 4-3 in a deciding set. The Dutchman rattled in five 100+ checkouts on his way to a win but admitted after that he was fortunate.
“That was one of the weirdest games of my career,” Van Barneveld said. “I wasn’t playing that well, and he hit so many 180s. He should probably have won – I was the lucky one tonight.”
Barney is the 4/1 outsider while van Gerwen is just 1/7 to progress.
Former champions through to round three
Despite being a set and a leg down in his match with Daryl Gurney, the reigning champion turned on the style at the Ally Pally to sail into the third round.
Gary Anderson lit up the stage with a magnificent 170 checkout to level the second set before going on to finish with a 4-1 win. The Flying Scotsman averaged 99.44 in his win and he will have to be on top form to beat Vincent van der Voort in round three.
The 15th seed has been excellent so far, averaging 95 in both his wins and could be a tough opponent for the defending champ. van der Voort is the 15/4 outsider.
Phil Taylor came from a set down to beat Kevin Painter and despite missing 34 doubles insisted he was on course to win yet another championship. “Of course I can win a 17th world title,” Taylor said. “I’m trying everything possible to make myself better.
“It was a struggle and a nail-biter but I was just nervous. My practice over the last few days has been the best I’ve ever thrown a dart.”
The Power plays Jelle Klaasen or Mervyn King next.
One of the matches of round three could be between James Wade and Jamie Caven. Neither man has dropped a set in the tournament so far, with Caven reaching the last 16 for the first time by dropping just one leg in his 4-0 demolition of Ricky Evans.
Wade beat an out-of-form Wes Newton 4-0 and this could be a tight match between two players whose averages have yet to hit any real heights. Caven looks to offer value at 15/4.
Peter Wright has also yet to drop a set and Snakebite faces Dave Chisnall who averaged 102.85 in his win over Christian Kist in round two. This could be a tense affair and the winner could well meet Adrian Lewis in the quarter finals. Jackpot averaged a superb 103.5 in his 4-0 win over Andrew Gilding and he is 2/9 to beat Mensur Suljovic.
In the other matches Michael Smith is 2/7 to beat Benito van der Pas while Alan Norris takes on Mark Webster.
The 2016 PDC World Championship third round begins on Tuesday 29th December as Michael Smith takes on Benito van der Pas. See all the odds here https://www.betbright.com/darts
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