By News Team
Last Updated: 27th December 2019
The William Hill World Darts Championship continues after its Christmas break and we’re nearing the business end of the tournament. Here is our preview and the best bets from day 13 of the sport’s biggest competition.
Steve Beaton vs Darius Labanauskas
Steve Beaton, at 55, is in the form of his life. The veteran knocked out James Wade before Christmas and with performances like that one there’s no reason why he can’t keep the memorable run going. His 3-1 victory meant that he reached the fourth round of the World Championship for the first time in 16 years.
In Saturday’s match, he goes head-to-head with Darius Labanauskas. The Lithuanian got to the last 32 last year, going out to Adrian Lewis, but beat Raymond van Barnevled and Matthew Edgar on the way.
Labanauskas is a great player, but I expect the Bronzed Adonis will continue his fine form and reach the next round at 4/5.
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis struggled in his last game against Darren Webster with the game going right to the wire. It was here where he went two sets down and looked in danger of crashing out but stayed calm and staged a magnificent comeback. It was a classic game and a fantastic watch for the fans.
He faces Dimitri Van den Bergh next and the Belgian should not be taken lightly. Lewis cannot afford a slow start like in his previous games of the tournament. As we go further, the opponents are better and he may not be given the opportunity to get back into the game.
Van den Bergh averaged 103.81 against Josh Payne previously in the tournament and swept aside Luke Woodhouse in a cagey affair most recently. The 25-year-old is also a two-time World Youth Champion and throws a fantastic set of arrows on his day. He is one win away from a second quarter-final appearance in three years so will be right up for this one and could edge this at 10/11.
Peter Wright v Jeffrey de Zwaan
This is a game that has the potential to blow the roof off Ally Pally. Peter Wright has had a torrid time in the tournament this year, changing his darts on multiple occasions and only just doing enough to get through his opening two matches. Jeffrey de Zwaan is in the form of his life and genuinely looks a dark horse to go the distance.
During his previous victory over Dave Chisnall, de Zwaan averaged a staggering 106.09 and had 31 throws of 140 or more. Peter Wright will need to get his act together or will be blown away by the Dutchman.
De Zwaan is 11/10 to make it to the quarter finals and that’s a price that looks well worth snapping up.