Wayne Mardle on the World Championship: Back Mervyn to become King of the West

Wayne fancies Mervyn King to get the better of Steve West on Monday night
Wayne fancies Mervyn King to get the better of Steve West on Monday night

The first round of the 2017 PDC World Championship continues on Monday night and our man Wayne Mardle believes Mervyn King is a good bet to continue Steve West's record of never winning a match at the World's...


"The down side to West's quest is that he hasn't qualified for a World Championship since 2012, and in the five he has played he's failed to win a match."

Back Mervyn King to Win @ 5/6

Mervyn King v Steve West
Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports 1


I've always been a huge fan of Mervyn. He practices like no other player on tour. This man puts in some hours, I'll tell ya. His action hasn't changed over the last 20 years, that's testament to how hard he works on his game.

Mervyn has had his moments of disaster in the first round at Alexandra Palace, twice losing in the opening round. Just a warning.

This match against Steve West is another potential banana skin.

Mervyn will have to play well, and keep West from building up early confidence. Steve is a player who thrives on setting the pace of play and can be difficult to stop when in the mood. The early stages of this match need to be dictated by Mervyn, if they are, I think he'll win comfortably.

Steve went through a spell a few months ago that was simply world class, if he repeats anything like that he'll take some stopping.

The down side to West's quest is that he hasn't qualified for a World Championship since 2012, and in the five he has played he's failed to win a match.

I think it's far more likely that Mervyn plays free flowing, unafraid darts than Steve given that the lattte has never won a match at a World Championship and hasn't qualified for one in the last five years.


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