Wayne Mardle can't see the favourites being troubled at the PDC World Championships tonight
Mark Walsh V Darren Webster
This is one to leave well alone. Both players are steady but I can't back either with any confidence at the moment. Walsh is hard to beat when he's playing we'll but he's not in form.
Kim Huybrechts v Scott Rand
Kim arrives at the Worlds having finished runner-up at the Players Championship where he lost to Phil Taylor in the final. I think this is the start of big things for the Belgian, he is the real deal and
I can't see him being troubled tonight. Kim is a heavy scorer and Rand will be in big trouble if his doubles go in.
Scott Rand is a reliable sort, and he will provide a test. He's very straight and doesn't miss many doubles but I just think that Kim will outscore him in most legs and pile the pressure on.
Vincent van der Voort v Stuart Kellett
Vincent has had his problems this year with a bad back and virus knocking him at times. Consequently the Dutchman has dropped down the rankings a little. But when he's in full flow he's a scoring machine, and I think he will beat Kellett 3-1.
Kellett is a good player who was ranked number one in the BDO for a short time, but he's not settled in the PDC yet and this is his first appearance in the PDC World Championships. Vincent's experience should help him overcome the young Englishman.
Michael van Gerwen V Paul Lim/Mohd Latif Sapup
I don't care whether Michael plays Lim or Sapup, he will win 3-0. Regular readers know how much I like this guy. He's playing the darts of his life, probably better than anyone on the planet right now. Barney set the standard with a 108 average, I expect Michael to average well over 100 as well. He's played superbly in the last six months I don't see any reason why should stop at the world Championships.
He's already won a major in the Grand Prix and reached the final in the Grand Slam. He's a potential winner of the tournament.