PDC World Darts Championship Tips: 'Snakebite' will put you in the black

Peter Wright.
Peter Wright will add colour to the PDC World Darts Championship when he faces Noel Malicdem.

It's been a World Championship with plenty of shocks, but Dan Fitch is expecting comfortable wins for the seeds Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright on Friday at Ally Pally.

"Wright is in good enough form to take advantage of the situation, having reached the final of the Champions League of Darts and the Grand Slam of Darts and won the World Cup of Darts as part of the Scotland team this year."

Back Wright to beat Malicdem, score the most 180s and highest checkout at 2.89/5

Quick Rick will get the job done sharpish

Ricky Evans 1.824/5 v Mark McGeeney 2.1411/10
Friday, 15:30
Live on Sky Sports Darts

One of the most closely priced matches on Friday is this afternoon clash between Ricky Evans and Mark McGeeney.

It's unlikely to be a drawn out affair, even if it goes to five sets. Evans is just about the fastest player on the circuit, earning himself the nickname 'Rapid'. The highlight of his year has been a quarter-final appearance at the European Championship in October.

McGeeney made the switch from the BDO this year, where he was a beaten finalist in their World Championship in 2018. This is therefore his first appearance at PDC World Championship and he came through his first round match against Matt Campbell with a 3-1 win in which his finishing was very clinical.

This could be where McGeeney's debut comes to an end. He hasn't shown the sort of form on the tour this year to suggest that he will beat Evans, who is available at decent price of 1.824/5 to win.

2019 semi-finalist can cruise through

Nathan Aspinall 1.211/5 v Danny Baggish 5.59/2
Friday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports Darts

The number 12 seed Nathan Aspinall returns to the Ally Pally to face American player Danny Baggish in the second round.

It's been a superb year for Aspinall, since reaching the semi-final of the 2019 World Championship. He won the UK Open back in March and the US Darts Masters in July, while the rest of his campaign has been peppered with appearances in the latter stages of tournaments.

Aspinall certainly represents a step up in class for Danny Baggish. The 36-year old Florida resident beat Andy Boulton 3-2 in the first round, in a match in which his finishing saved his poor scoring. At the time of writing, only one other player has progressed from the first round with a lower average than the 84.94 set by Baggish against Boulton.

This should be a routine win for Aspinall and you can find odds of 2.35/4 for him to win 3-0.

Peter has the Wright stuff

Peter Wright 1.152/13 v Noel Malicdem 6.86/1
Friday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports Darts

The 2014 PDC World Darts Championship runner-up Peter Wright takes on Noel Malicdem from the Philippines in his second round match.

With Rob Cross eliminated, Wright's quarter of the draw has opened up, with Dave Chisnall the only other top ten ranked player remaining. Wright is in good enough form to take advantage of the situation, having reached the final of the Champions League of Darts and the Grand Slam of Darts and won the World Cup of Darts as part of the Scotland team this year.

Since making the last-64 of the World Championship a year ago, Malicdem has been competing on the Asian leg of the PDC tour. The Filipino won an event on home turf and reached the semi-finals of two other events.

Wright should win this one fairly comfortably. You can find odds of 2.89/5 for him to win, score the most 180s and hit the highest checkout.

Dan Fitch Darts P/L 2020

Staked: 18.00 pts
Returned: 24.45 pts
P/L: +6.45 pts

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