PDC World Darts Monday Tips: Luck of the Irish for Lennon and O'Connor

Steve Lennon.
Steve Lennon will be looking to beat the younger Callan Rydz.

Dan Fitch is backing Ireland's World Cup of Darts teammates Steven Lennon and Willie O'Connor to make the second round of the World Championship.

"O'Connor reached the quarter-finals of the Players Championship, where he lost a 10-9 thriller against Ian White."

Back O'Connor to beat Kantele and record the most 180s and highest checkout at 3.02/1

Lennon will put it on the Rydz

Steve Lennon 1.664/6 v Callan Rydz 2.447/5
Monday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Ireland's Steve Lennon clashes with the up and coming Callan Rydz on Monday.

At 26, Lennon is hardly a veteran himself. He has built a decent reputation since joining the tour in 2017, but has yet to prove that he can reach the latter stages of tournaments on a regular basis. The world number 37 got to the final of the World Cup of Darts as part of the Ireland team, but his best performance as a solo player this year is a last-16 appearance at the UK Open.

The 21-year old Rydz is still learning his trade on the development tour. He's won one development title and a couple of challenge events this year, yet does not quite look to be in the top echelon of young players at this time. In the only occasion that he met Lennon, back in 2017, he lost 4-1.

There could be some value then with Lennon at the starting price of 1.664/6 to win, with not much in the current form of Rydz suggesting that his odds should be as short as they are.

O'Connor can Finnish off opponent

William O'Connor 1.321/3 v Marko Kantele 3.814/5
Monday, 20:10
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Willie O'Connor comes into this tournament off the back of a good performance in the Players Championship and he will hope to take his form into his match with Marko Kantele.

"The Magpie' reached the quarter-finals of the Players Championship, where he lost a 10-9 thriller against Ian White. It was O'Connor's best performance as a solo player this year, having been a beaten finalist in the Ireland team at the World Cup of Darts.

Finland's Kantele is competing in his third World Championship. He was knocked out of the 2009 and 2018 competitions in the first round and it seems likely that he will suffer the same fate. Though pretty active on the tour this year, Kantele has had little success.

You can back O'Connor to win the match, record the most 180s and the highest checkout at 3.02/1

Bright young thing takes on gatekeeper

Vincent van der Voort 1.341/3 v Keane Barry 3.814/5
Monday, 21:05
Live on Sky Sports Darts

An experienced name on the PDC tour takes on one of it's brightest young talents, as Vincent van der Voort meets the 17-year old Keane Barry.

Van der Voort has twice reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship (2011 and 2015) and reached the third round last year before losing to Chris Dobey. The 43-year old Dutchman could serve as a definition of a solid professional. Ranked 32 in the world, Van der Voort is a not a player that troubles the business end of tournaments, but makes enough progress on a regular enough basis to prop up a decent ranking.

Barry is one of the brightest young prospects in the game. He recent lost in the semi-finals of the World Youth Championship to Luke Humphries, but when you consider that Humphries is seven years older than Barry at 24 and how well he has performed in this tournament so far, that defeat is hardly a disgrace.

This game could be more competitive than the odds suggest and should provide an entertaining spectacle. Over 7.5 180s is 2.111/10.

Dan Fitch Darts P/L 2019

Staked: 8.00 pts
Returned: 8.40 pts
P/L: +0.40 pts

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles