By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 23rd December 2019
As we head into day 11 of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, here are my betting tips worth taking a punt on.
Nico Kurz vs Luke Humphries
Nico Kurz is emerging as one of the best players coming out of Germany and the word is he is the real deal. With the way he has won his last two games, beating both James Wilson and Joe Cullen 3-1, then he certainly has to be taken seriously.
For a young man Kurz does seem very composed with his game, especially when he is on the double.
Luke Humphries does have great scoring power and is adapting to the big stage, as his world youth win proved, so this big event will not faze him.
This could be a great game and very close as both players have plenty of talent and bottle for young men, however, I am going with a Humphries win at 8/15.
Over 23.5 legs in the match at 4/5 also looks such a good bet here.
Adrian Lewis vs Darren Webster
Adrian Lewis came from two sets down to get over the line against Cristo Reyes, missing D12 for a nine-dart leg. When he gets going his scoring power is hard to handle, however, it does sometimes take too long to get going, but these extra sets should suit him better.
Darren Webster has not had the best year because of an arm injury but he does seem to have that sorted out now. His 3-0 win over Yuki Yamada was one of his better performances this year, however, he did not get pushed and is now playing a very different player.
Luke Woodhouse vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Luke Woodhouse has already had the best event of his career beating Michael Smith with a 97 average so all aspects of his game are in good nick, and with that win comes plenty of confidence.
Dimitri Van den Bergh has posted the best average of the event with just under 104 when beating Josh Payne. It was a very impressive performance with 53% on doubles matched with some very high scoring. He can keep this up as he has a wonderful awareness on the big stages and nothing seems to faze him.
I’m going for a Van den Bergh win -1.5 sets on the handicap at 10/11.
And my double for the afternoon session is Lewis and Van den Bergh both to win -1.5 on the handicap.
Dave Chisnall vs Jeffrey de Zwaan
Dave Chisnall has been playing well coming into this event, however, his last game when beating Vincent van der Voort was a very edgy affair as his throw was very snatchy from the start. That caused him not to score as many 180s as he normally does, but Van der Voort did not make him pay.
Jeffrey de Zwaan can match Chisnall for scoring power as in his win over Darren Young he had eight 180s. However, he is prone to missing doubles because of the speed he throws at. He’s one of these young players that will not care who they are playing and will just play their own game as the speed of the throw does not give much to worry about.
This is a tough call because Chisnall’s rhythm needs to be right from the start or De Zwaan will get a quick lead and might not get it back, so I’m leaning away from the match and going for over 14.5 180s at 8/13 and over 24.5 legs in the match at Evens.
Gary Anderson vs Ryan Searle
Gary Anderson did play a lot better in his first game against Brendan Dolan than he has all year – seven 180s is more like the Anderson we want to see and with him practising a lot more, it means that we might see the better half of the Flying Scotsman.
Ryan Searle posted one of the averages of the tournament of 101.54 when beating Steve West. He is a player that always hits plenty of them, however, he is also prone to missing doubles under pressure.
Anderson should win this as his leg-on-leg scoring might put Searle under too much pressure.
Anderson to win and both players to hit four or more 180s at 4/11 seems to be the pick of the bets for this match.
Peter Wright vs Seigo Asada
Peter Wright had loads of luck in his last match against Noel Malicdem, however, he did throw some brilliant darts under pressure at the end of the match. I think he will stay with these darts as they looked very good for most parts of the game and I feel he can only improve on that last performance.
Seigo Asada has won two matches so far and had to come from behind in both of them, however, he cannot afford to go behind against Wright as I think Wright will be on his game for this one.
I’m going for Wright to win at 1/7 and the William Hill treble.
My double for the evening session is Anderson to win and both players to hit at least five 180s and Wright with the William Hill treble.