By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 28th December 2019
The William Hill World Darts Championship continues after its Christmas break and we’re nearing the business end of the tournament as we reach day 13 of the competition.
Steve Beaton vs Darius Labanauskas
Steve Beaton has had another great event and his 4-2 win over James Wade was a typical Beaton performance because when you’re not at the top of your game then he beats you, as Wade found out. However, to win this tournament he would need to improve considerably but I feel he will have enough in the locker with his all-round game to win this one.
Labanauskas has already beaten Ian White and Max Hopp and proven that he has a very solid game and knows where the double is under pressure. He does look very comfortable on this big stage so he will be up for this game.
This is a tight call as their stats are very close, however, I am going with Beaton at 4/5 to win a close game.
Over 24.5 legs at 10/11 looks a great bet here.
Kim Huybrechts vs Luke Humphries
Kim Huybrechts found some of his old form when beating Rob Cross and then Danny Noppert, however, he needs to get into his game a bit quicker in this one as Humphries is a good starter.
The Huybrechts of a few years ago would have been the massive favourite in this game but the last couple of years have not been great for the Belgian. However, if he can keep hitting those doubles as he did in his previous matches then his confidence will soon grow and he will get the scoring back. Then he becomes formidable for anyone.
Luke Humphries came through a cracking game against Nico Kurz and if he can have that sort of form in this game then he will be tough to beat. His eight 180s and 17 140s was great scoring power, however, he needs to get more consistent on his doubles because under pressure he sometimes misses.
This is another close game and one I think could go to the last set so I am going with Huybrechts +1.5 sets on the handicap at 4/5.
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Adrian Lewis
Dimitri Van den Bergh played brilliantly in his first game when beating Josh Payne 3-0 with over a 103 average. It was a very cool, solid performance, however, the game against Luke Woodhouse was not anywhere near that top performance, but he still had a 94 average with six 180s and 17 140s so still a very solid game.
Adrian Lewis has come from 2-0 down in both matches so far and then shown some grit and determination to get himself back into the game. The last sets is how the old Lewis would play, however, he needs to start quicker because Van den Bergh will not let him back in the game.
Both Lewis games have been under the 95 average, whereas Van den Bergh’s worst game was better than that.
Looking at the stats, it says Van den Bergh at 10/11.
I’m also going for over 12.5 180s at 8/11.
My double for the afternoon session is over 24.5 legs in the Beaton vs Labanauskas game and over 12.5 180s in the Lewis vs Van den Bergh game.
Glen Durrant vs Chris Dobey
The two Geordie boys fight it out in the evening session in what should be a close encounter.
Glen Durrant came through a tough battle in his match on Friday night when beating Daryl Gurney 4-2, and although he played well it was not a top notch performance. As his win over Damon Heta was not great either it just worries me a bit as he might have a solid all-round game, but his top end is not good enough at the moment, certainly to win the event or to beat Chris Dobey.
Dobey played the game of his career when beating Fallon Sherrock and the crowd on the Ally Pally stage on Friday afternoon. I cannot praise this young man enough for the performance he put in. It was as good as anyone could have done under those circumstances.
Peter Wright vs Jeffrey de Zwaan
Peter Wright is just not settled with what set of darts he is going to use and although he has won two games, those performances will not see him win this one. There is no question the class Peter has, however, he is not consistent enough at the moment and keeping on changing his darts is getting into his head.
Jeffrey de Zwaan had the game of the tournament so far when beating Dave Chisnall 4-3 with over a 106 average. I commentated on this game and to say he was impressive is an understatement as he never looked like missing. It reminds me of his run at the Matchplay where it took Gary Anderson at his best to stop him
Gerwyn Price vs Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price has become a great player in a short time, his game is as solid as anyone’s at the moment and he has the knack of being able to fire himself up but still stay very focused. He’s a very tough nut to crack at the moment.
His 4-0 drubbing of John Henderson on Friday was a masterful performance as Hendo can get dangerous if allowed. However, Price from the start was on his game and only four legs went in the whole match.
Simon Whitlock could not hit a thing for the first five legs of the match against Mervyn King, however, he did manage to win set two from nowhere and then went on to win easy. I have to say that King really let his game go and made it very easy for Whitlock to get over the line 4-1.
My double for the evening session is Wright vs De Zwaan and Dobey vs Durrant to both go over 5.5 sets.