Wayne Mardle on the PDC World Championship: MVG to start his defence with a whitewash

MVG is set to start his title defence with an easy first round win
MVG is set to start his title defence with an easy first round win

The PDC World Championship commences on Thursday, and following on from his pre-tournament thoughts our man Wayne Mardle will be here with his daily tips, starting with an anticipated whitewash for defending champion Michael van Gerwen...

"I envisage a run away win for the Green Machine and this isn't because Joe is lacking it's that I think Michael will be focused and just too good."

Back MVG to Win 3-0 @ 4/6


Jelle Klassen v Christian Kist - 21:00

This is a game I've been looking forward to since the draw was made. Both are former world champions on the BDO circuit - Klassen back in 2006 and Kist 2012 - before switching to the PDC.

On their day either player can obliterate the other and that's why this game is so intriguing. For me though the match revolves around Kist, he's the one who is without doubt the most consistent, he's the one whose level will not drop enough to give legs and sets away.

Jelle over the last year on the big stage has been very average at times on the outer ring and if he continues to follow that trend Christian will mop up and brush him aside.

If Jelle has his 'A game' with him he'll win, if he's a smidgen off he'll get beat by his accomplished countryman.

Recommended Bet
Back Christian Kist to Win @ 5/6


Michael van Gerwen v Joe Cullen - 22:00

Joe is capable and Michael knows that. They've played each other once this year and Cullen won that encounter 6-4 in legs, so rest assured the defending champion won't be taking his first round opponent lightly.

I think Michael will want to put out a statement of intent in this match, he'll want to let all the other runners know that he's in fine fettle and ready to retain his title.

I envisage a run away win for the Green Machine and this isn't because Joe is lacking it's that I think Michael will be focused and just too good.

Cullen will have to score well and put MVG under pressure at the right times, make Michael miss, that's what the Rockstar has to do. Will he do that? I don't think so.

Recommended Bet
Back MVG to Win 3-0 @ 4/6


Wayne's World Championship P/L

Last year Wayne's profit based on a £10 wager on each of his bets was over £140 thanks to a 7/1 winning Correct Score recommendation in the final.

*This year's P/L will be displayed here from Friday onwards

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