By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 27th December 2019
The William Hill World Darts Championship kicks back into life after the Christmas break and here my best bets on day 12.
Simon Whitlock v Mervyn King
This has the makings of a very close game as both players are evenly matched. That being said, both can also go off the boil at times and that makes this one very hard to split. I’m going with over 24.5 legs at 19/20 and over 5.5 sets at 4/7.
Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
Daryl Gurney definitely has the edge in scoring power, so if he can get that going from the start then he will be hard to beat. However, Glen Durrant does have a very good all-round game which makes him a tough nut to crack.
Fallon Sherrock v Chris Dobey
Fallon Sherrock has had the tournament of her life beating two-ranked PDC players and has done so by throwing some brilliant darts especially on the checkouts. Can she carry on that sort of form and make it to the quarter finals?
Chris Dobey is one of the game’s bright young stars emerging and has become a very good player in a short time. There is no question that the crowd will again play a big part in this game so the question is can Dobey handle it better Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic?
Sherrock has had an incredible journey so far, but I’m with Dobey and the match treble at 6/5.
Gerwyn Price v John Henderson
When beating William O’Connor 3-2, Gerwyn Price was nowhere near his best and was lucky to get away with the win. His scoring power was not really there which made the the doubles harder under pressure. I do believe Price will be better prepared for this match and get back to the game he has had for the last few months.
John Henderson is one of the most dangerous players in the game. When he gets that sway in sync then he is a high scorer, however he does tend to miss doubles under pressure. I feel Price will turn up with his A-game and win this at 1/5.
Over 22.5 legs at 19/20 also looks a great bet given the way Henderson has been playing.
Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinal
Gary Anderson came back from 3-1 down to beat Ryan Searle and we saw the old Ando with grit and determination. He also showed some signs of his finally finding his A-game which all his fans have been waiting to see all year. He now is a contender to win this and if you had taken the 25/1 at the start then you will certainly gets some fun from the bet.
Nathan Aspinal has had two tough games against Danny Baggish and Krzysztof Ratajski, showing some great bottle and threw some super darts at crucial times. However he is yet to post a 100-average so will need to up his game against Anderson.
After Anderson’s win over Serale and the way he came back, he looks the one to be with here at 8/11. However, if he does not turn up with his A-game, Aspinal has the game to punish him.
I see this going at least six sets, so over 13.5 180s at 4/5 looks worth snapping up too.
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
MVG has yet to post a 100-plus average so far and with others now setting their stall out he needs to stamp his authority here. His win over Ricky Evans was good for one reason in that he hit 10 180s, so if he can keep that scoring up then the 100 averages should start coming.
Stephen Bunting has been showing some of the form he produced when he first came over to the PDC and his 4-0 win over Jonny Clayton proved that. However he will need to get more consistent here as he will be under pressure from the start.
I can’t see MVG losing this as his his over all game is to strong, but at 1/12 he doesn’t offer much value. Instead, I think a small bet on a 170 checkout at 13/2 could be the way to go given both these two leave it a lot.
Gerwyn Price v John Henderson over 22.5 legs and Michael van Gerwen most 180s at just over 2/1.