PDC World Darts Championship Tips: Back Barney to make second round

Raymond van Barneveld
Raymond van Barneveld begins his last ever World Darts Championship before retirement.

This is Raymond van Barneveld's final PDC World Darts Championship and Dan Fitch is expecting the Ally Pally crowd to cheer him on to victory against Darin Young...

"Young has only made it past the first round of the World Championships once in nine attempts, so it’s hard to see him overcoming Van Barneveld in these unique circumstances."

Back Van Barneveld to beat Young and have the most 180s at 1.84/5

Boost Meikle price with big finish

Ryan Meikle 1.321/3 v Yuki Yamada 3.953/1
Saturday, 13:40
Live on Sky Sports Darts

In one of three matches taking place on Saturday afternoon, Ryan Meikle will be looking to build on his recent success in the recent Players Championship, when he faces Yuki Yamada.

Meikle reached the last-16 of the Players Championship in late November, where he lost to Stephen Bunting. The World Youth Championship ran concurrently with the Players Championship at Minehead and Meikle made a strong impression in that tournament also, as he reached the semi-finals.

The 23-year old is the big favourite against Yamada and it looks justified. This is the Japanese player's first appearance in the World Championship and outside of the Asian circuit - where Yamada has admittedly had some success - he has very little pedigree.

Meikle recorded some high checkouts at the Players Championship, recording higher finishes than all of his three opponents. You can back Meikle to win and record the highest checkout at 2.01/1.

Woodhouse will beat veteran

Luke Woodhouse 1.824/5 v Paul Lim 2.26/5
Saturday, 14:35
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Darts fans of a certain vintage will remember Paul Lim producing the first ever nine-dart finish in the World Championship, back in the BDO event in 1990.

Now 65, 'The Singapore Slinger' is involved in a contest with Paul Woodhouse, in which the odds are pretty tight. Lim finished third on the Asian Tour to qualify for this World Championship, but has not competed outside his home continent since losing in the first round of this tournament last year, making his form hard to gauge.

That's not the case with Woodhouse, who enjoyed an impressive win over the world number six Daryl Gurney just last month at the Players Championship, as he reached the last-32. Woodhouse has also had a last-32 finish in the UK Open this year, helping him climb to 71 in the PDC rankings.

Having faced a better quality of opposition in recent months, the price of 1.824/5 for Woodhouse to win is appealing, even if it is Lim who has more big match experience.

Barney's last hurrah

Raymond van Barneveld 1.21/5 v Darin Young 5.85/1
Saturday, 21:05
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Speaking of experience, few players have more of that than Raymond van Barneveld, who is competing at his last tournament before retirement.

Barney has reached the quarter-finals of his last two competitions, which would be enough to make most players reconsider hanging up their arrows. Van Barneveld is no ordinary player though. A five-time world champion, his standards are higher than most and it's a sensible decision to retore before his powers have completely waned.

He'll be sure to want to go out with a bang and his loyal band of fans at the Ally Pally will be absolutely desperate for him to go on one last run in this competition. That could make for an intimidating atmosphere for the American, Darin Young.

Young has only made it past the first round of the World Championships once in nine attempts, so it's hard to see him overcoming Van Barneveld in these unique circumstances. A Van Barneveld victory in which he scores the most 180s is 1.84/5.

Dan Fitch Darts P/L 2019

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

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