As we move on to day five in the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship, we’ve seen a fair share of spoils and drama along the way. Peter Wright made his exit from the tournament last night as the no.3 seed suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to the Spaniard Toni Alcinas. For Wright, it was his second successive defeat at the second round stage at Alexandra Palace. Dave Chisnall had to battle back from 2-0 behind to edge out Josh Payne who produced a terrific performance.
As for the other top seeds, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson booked their places in round three. Van Gerwen was involved in a pre-match incident as a ‘fan’ thrown beer over the World no.1 during his walk on, but the way that Van Gerwen reacted from that was highly admirable as he recorded a 3-1 victory over Alan Tabern with an average of just over 100. As for Anderson, he enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Kevin Burness. The Irishman did cause Anderson a few problems, but the two-time World Champion shone through in the end as he cemented his place in round three.
As for the action on day five of the William Hill World Darts Championship, six countries are represented in what should be a very interesting evening of action.
Kicking off the action, Vincent van der Voort takes on Lourence Ilagan from the Philippines. Ilagan has been in some great form on the PDC Asia Tour as he picked up four titles in 2018 in what was a terrific debut year for the PDC Asian Tour. A nine-dart leg was produced in the very first event by Noel Malicdem, which sort of highlights the quality of darts on offer in Asia. As for Van der Voort, the Dutchman hasn’t had a great year, but he’s suffered his fair amount of injury problems, but with two runs to the last 16 of PDC Players Championship events in Wigan and Barnsley in 2018, the Dutchman will certainly fancy his chances this evening. My recommended bet for this one is the -1.5 handicap which is available at 4/7. But, if you’d like a bit more value in this one, a 3-0 victory for Van der Voort is priced at 7/4. If you fancy an upset in this one, Ilagan is available at 3/1.
In the second game this evening, Wayne Jones takes on South Africa’s Devon Petersen. There’s not really any seperating these two on current form, and it really is a toss of a coin to choose a winner. Jones’ best showing this year was a run to the last 16 in a Players Championship event back in March. As for Petersen, he’s had a difficult year on the tour, and he’ll need to go to PDC Qualifying School in January in order to win his tour card back, Petersen qualified via the South African qualifying event back in November. My recommended bet for this one is for the match to go the distance which is priced at 6/4 for over 4.5 sets.
The penultimate match in this evening’s session is most definitely an interesting one as the three-time BDO Ladies Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova makes her second appearance at the PDC World Darts Championship as she takes on Ryan Joyce. For Joyce, he had a fantastic start to his debut year on the PDC circuit as he reached a Semi-Final and then a Quarter-Final in the first two Players Championship events of the year. It’s certainly going to be a very interesting match. Lisa Ashton of course represented the Ladies game very well as she put in a superb display despite suffering a 3-1 defeat to Jan Dekker.
My recommended bet for this one is over 3.5 sets which is available at 4/6, Joyce is 1/7 to win the match, but I feel that there isn’t much value there. If you do fancy Anastasia’s chances, you can get 9/2 for a victory for the Russian.
In the final match of the evening, Raymond van Barneveld faces Darius Labanauskas of Lithuania. Van Barneveld hasn’t had the greatest of years, but after announcing his retirement at the end of next year, the five-time World Champion will be looking to go deep in what is his penultimate PDC World Darts Championship. Labanauskas is pretty much an unknown quantity in the PDC ranks, but those of you that watched his progress in the BDO, the Lithuanian can really cause Van Barneveld some problems. Labanauskas was in some fine form last night as he saw off Matthew Edgar in a 3-1 victory as he averaged 93.57, but tonight’s task is a lot more difficult. My recommended bet for this one is Van Barneveld to win by a two leg margin which is available at 4/6. Again, if you fancy an outside bet, 13/5 is a great price for a Labanauskas victory.