By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 22nd December 2019
We are now into the third round of the William Hill World Darts Championship and the format now goes up to the best of seven so losing the first set isn’t quite as important as it was previously.
Players don’t have to panic as much and this is where the top players can get into their stride and start posting averages of over the 100.
I have picked out a double from today’s six games.
Darius Labanauskas vs Max Hopp
Darius Labanauskas has won two matches against Matthew Edgar and Ian White and in both he looked very solid, making few mistakes. His win over White was a great performance considering White had an average of over 100.
He has a very solid game with plenty of bottle and he has been around for a long while now. Even though most of his darts have been played on the BDO/WDF circuits he has adapted extremely well to the PDC.
Max Hopp did not play that well when beating Benito van de Pas. His game was very edgy and could not get any consistency on his scoring, although he does have a good scoring game when he gets going. He will not be able to have a slow start as he is not the greatest of chasers.
I’m going with Labanauskas here at even-money as I just think he has the more consistent game at the moment.
Nathan Aspinall vs Krzysztof Ratajski
Nathan Aspinall dug in deep after losing the first set against Danny Baggish. This stage is lucky to him as he made the semi-finals last year and if he can just tighten up then he could easily have another good run.
Krzysztof Ratajski has played brilliant all year winning multiple events on the Pro tour, however his win over Zoran Lerbacher was nowhere near what we expected. He looked very edgy and although it might just have been first round jitters, I just think he isn’t in great form.
I’m with an Aspinall win as his game for me is the most consistent and he looks the bet at 4/6.
The double pays around the 5/2 mark.