PDC World Darts Championship Tips: Straight sets win for Dolan

Brendan Dolan.
Brendan Dolan reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship last year.

Brendan Dolan had a good run at the World Championship last year and Dan Fitch is backing him to easily beat Nitin Kumar.

"Last year Kumar was beaten 3-0 in the first round by Jeffrey de Zwaan, only winning three legs along the way."

Back Dolan to beat Kumar 3-0 at 1.738/11

2019 quarter-finalist heading to next round

Brendan Dolan 1.091/11 v Nitin Kumar 10.09/1
Sunday, 14:35
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Brendan Dolan returns to the Ally Pally a year after his best ever run at the World Championship.

'The History Maker' reached the quarter-finals last year where he lost to Nathan Aspinall, having never previously made it past the second round of the tournament in ten attempts. Since then he's been in decent form, winning two minor tour events. Whether he'll be able to make it past the second round again is another matter, for waiting for the winner of this match is the two-time world champion Gary Anderson.

There at least seems little doubt that Dolan will progress past the first round. Nitin Kumar is here by virtue of winning the Indian Qualifier for the World Championship. It's only his second time at the tournament and he lacks experience on the big stage.

Last year he was beaten 3-0 in the first round by Jeffrey de Zwaan, only winning three legs along the way. Dolan is 1.738/11 to inflict another 3-0 defeat.

Outsider won only previous encounter

Arron Monk 1.75/7 v Jose Justica 2.3811/8
Sunday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports Darts

There are a lot of mismatches in the first round, but the odds are pretty tight for Arron Monk's match with Jose Justica.

This is Monk's fourth appearance at the World Championship and he will be hoping that he fares better than on the previous occasions, having lost in the first round each time - albeit against some pretty tough opposition back in the days when the tournament was smaller. Part of a darting dynasty, the 'Mad Monk' is the son of the former World Masters winner Colin Monk.

Given Monk's family history, it's perhaps no surprise that he has more pedigree than his opponent Justica. The Spaniard has only been on the tour since 2018 and is best known for an unsavoury incident at the German Open in which he was pushed by Adrian Lewis.

These two have only met once, back in September when Justica ran out as a 3-0 winner, so he could stand a chance of causing an upset here. Backing Justica at 2.3811/8 could at the least provide a good trading opportunity.

Boulton will resist American challenge

Andy Boulton 1.75/7 v Danny Baggish 2.3611/8
Sunday, 20:10
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Andy Boulton's match with Danny Baggish is another encounter in which the match odds are relatively close.

This is Boulton's second appearance at the World Championship since moving to the PDC from the BDO in 2015. Last time out he met the eventual winner Gary Anderson in the first-round, so he will be relieved to have received a significantly easier draw on this occasion.

The American player Danny Baggish is making his debut at the tournament. He qualified by winning the North American Darts Championship back in July.

One of the disadvantages faced by players outside the main tour is a lack of playing time against top professionals. With that in mind, Boulton's price of 1.75/7 to win could be good value.

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