PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips

Darts ImageBy Mark Rawlinson

The tournament may already been going a week but the last of the first round matches were only completed yesterday evening.

Tonight sees start of the best of seven sets second round matches, with 32 players still battling it out for the biggest pay day on the darts calendar.

Friday’s Action

Defending champion Phil Taylor cruised through his first round match against New Zealander Rob Szabo 3-1 and comes up against Michael Smith in the last of this evening’s matches.

Smith is a rising star from St. Helens but the 23-year-old is a long shot to beat Taylor this evening, with Bet 365 offering the best price on him winning at 16/1. Obviously Taylor is huge favourite for the match so there is little value on him, Bet Victor offering the best odds of 1/33.

Earlier in the evening, 2007 PDC World Champion Raymond van Barnaveld faces Jamie Caven following the Dutchman’s 3-0 victory over Jamie Lewis last weekend.

The safe money is on a Barney win, with Stan James offering the best price of 1/3 whilst Ladbrokes provide odds of 11/4 on a Caven victory.

Friday’s action starts at 7:20pm with Peter Wright v Per Laursen and is live on Sky Sports 1.

Saturday Matches

After beating younger brother Ronny in the first round, Belgian Kim Huybrechts faces Stoke’s Ian White in one of Saturday evening’s last 32 matches.

12th seed Huybrechts is favourite for victory, with a number of bookies including SkyBet offering odds of 4/9.

However, my BET OF THE WEEKEND is on a White win, with Boylesports offering odds of 15/8 on him causing a quite possible upset.

Saturday’s action kicks off at 7:15pm with fifth seed Andy Hamilton against Richie Burnett, followed by Robert Thornton v Beau Anderson, live on Sky Sports 2.

Sunday’s Action

The pick of the games on Saturday afternoon sees Australian Simon Whitlock take on Finland’s Jarkko Komula, who defeated the seeded Mark Walsh 3-1 in the first round.

Whitlock is big favourite with SkyBet offering odds of 1/10, whilst the best price on Komula creating an even bigger upset comes from Sportingbet at 7/1.

Then on Sunday evening, last year’s runner up Michael van Gerwen takes on Kevin McDine, another player who knocked out a seed in the first round, in the shape of Wayne Jones.

MVG is 1/14 favourite with Sportingbet, whilst the best odds on a McDine win comes from SkyBet at 10/1.

Van Gerwen remains the best outside bet on the tournament outright, and odds of 7/2 with Boylesports is a generous price.

Monday’s Matches

James Wade dodged a bullet to come through his first round match, as his opponent Darren Webster missed six match darts which would have seen the sixth seed bite the dust at the first hurdle.

Paddy Power currently offer the best price on Wade coming through this match, with odds of 1/7 whilst Ladbrokes provide odds of 6/1 on a Smith win.

Coverage on Monday night is live on Sky Sports 2.

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