By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 17th December 2019
With several of the big names already going home from the William Hill World Darts Championship it sends out a message to the rest of the players that they need to be on their game or they will be joining them.
Certainly, the second quarter has opened up with Michael Smith being beaten and that leaves it wide open for Gary Anderson, if his game and mindset are in good nick. And having talked to him I get the impression that it is and he wants everyone to know that he is not bothered. However, he wants this as much as anyone, so an each-way bet on him may be worth a couple of quid.
On Tuesday at Alexandra Palace there are two sessions with four games in each, however, I’m picking out three games which I feel will go close.
Cristo Reyes vs Lourence Ilagan
Cristo Reyes shot to fame in this event a few years ago and had a really good couple of years. He has dropped in form a bit game-on-game, however, we still see flashes of his top game and this event I feel will bring the best out of him.
Lourence Ilagan has played on the big stage on many occasions and has also been the top player from the Philippines for many years. He had a nine-dart leg earlier this year and certainly has upped his consistency so should be a match for Reyes.
I have picked this game as I believe it will go the distance, so over 16.5 legs at 8/11 is the bet.
Krzysztof Ratajski vs Zoran Lerchbacher
Krzysztof Ratajski has had a great year on the Pro and European tours and had some great results on the major TV events. He has become a very tough player to beat; he might not be the biggest of scorers but the rest of his game makes up for that.
Zoran Lerchbacher will be full of confidence after his win over the fancied Jamie Hughes – his 94 average was backed up by five 180s and 17 140s. Now that’s very high scoring power and already having that win gives him an advantage and makes this game a very close one.
Again, I’m going with over 16.5 legs in the match at 19/20.
Jose De Sousa vs Damon Heta
Jose De Sousa has won two tour events this year and is jumping up the rankings. He has an all-round, solid game with plenty of bottle when closing out matches and that makes him very hard to beat.
Damon Heta won the Brisbane leg of the World Series and beat everyone playing absolutely brilliantly. Like De Sousa, he has a very strong, all-round game and his throw will stand up under pressure.
I’ve picked this one like the others as I see it going over the 16.5 legs at 4/5.
The tips today are all three games going over 16.5 legs and you should also stick them in a treble.