The darts begins at lunchtime today with Andy Hamilton and Richie Burnett leading us off, and Wayne Mardle is backing The Hammer to go through in style
Andy Hamilton v Richie Burnett
Andy was runner-up at the Worlds last year losing to Adrian Lewis, so he knows what it takes to win matches at the biggest tournament of them all. He's tough to beat, he's consistent and he's got self-belief in bundles, and that can be the most important thing in the game.
Richie was world champ back in 1995, and while still very capable I think Andy holds all the aces here. The sheer leg-in, leg-out pressure that the Hammer will apply on the Welshman will see him through.
Dave Chisnall v Daryl Gurney
Chizzy is the real deal. He wins tour events away from the TV screens at will, but he's still finding his feet on the big stage. When it all clicks he will win. Simple. Don't forget that he beat Phil Taylor last year but then got hammered by the Hammer.
Chizzy's scoring power is second to none, and that asset should see off Gurney in double quick time. Daryl has a bright future but I just don't see him winning this game.
Gary Anderson v John Bowles
No betting opportunities here for me.
Terry Jenkins v John Part
What a game this could be! Both Jenkins and Part are pure class and it wouldn't be beyond the realms of imagination were either to win 4-0.
Part is a three-time world champ but reputations count for nothing up on the big stage. Terry has been playing well all year and I think he can send the big Canadian home in time for Christmas. For me, Part is too inconsistent and that won't wash against TJ.
Paul Nicholson v Robert Thornton
Paul Nicholson is a decent grouper of a dart, but Robert Thornton is a superb grouper of the dart. It's tough to call a winner, but easy to pick a winner in the most 180s market - Thornton will hit more than Nicho.
Phil Taylor v Jerry Hendricks
There are no betting opportunities here.