World Darts Championship Tips: Ando to put down early marker

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Gary Anderson is bidding to win the World Championship for a third time in his career

Last year, Gary Anderson crashed out of the World Championship at the Last 32 stage, now he's back, rejuvinated and is one of the favourites to go all the way.

  • Chizzy to bring Pro Tour form to Ally Pally stage

  • Anderson to pile in the maximums against Whitlock

  • If you want to back Ando to go deep, do it early

The opening night of action at the Alexandra Palace saw reigning and defending champion Michael Smith demonstrate a number of champion qualities in order to progress through to round three, he is now 9/110.00 to go on and retain the title.

Luke Humphries, who has won three of the last four major tournaments held this year, remains the favourite to lift the Sid Waddell trophy for the first time at 3/14.00.

The Flying Scotsman is soaring

Gary Anderson is one of the standout names in action on the second day of the tournament and given the performances he has delivered over recent months, he is 14/115.00 to go all the way at Ally Pally for the third time in his career.

The Flying Scotsman's blistering form in 2023 is reflected in his seasonal average of 98.85 and unsurprisingly, there are only three players who have hit more 180s per leg than Anderson.

The number 21 seed has reached the final of five floor events this year, picking up three Players Championship titles and he treated us to a sublime run at the Grand Slam of Darts last month which saw him beat Gerwyn Price with a 105 average en route to the quarter-finals where he was beaten by eventual winner Luke Humphries.

Anderson should have far too much for Simon Whitlock who is really struggling for form and consistency at the moment, the Australian is finding victories very hard to come by, as shown in his opening match against Paolo Nebrida, and I expect the two-time World Champion to win and hit the most 180s at [5/6].

Back Anderson to win and hit the most 180s @ 5/61.84

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Chizzy to start a charge

The 2021 semi-finalist Dave Chisnall gets his 13th World Championship campaign underway on Saturday afternoon and despite suffering early exits in recent televised tournaments, should be full of confidence given the way he has played away from the TV cameras for much of 2023.

Chizzy finds himself in the same quarter of the draw as tournament favourite Luke Humphries but that shouldn't phase or deter the St Helens man as he's faced Cool Hand five times so far in 2023 and been victorious on four of those occasions, remarkably every single one of their meetings this year has been in a final!

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I genuinely believe that if anyone is to stop the Grand Slam champion from getting out of his quarter of the draw, it'll be Chizzy. He takes on Cameron Menzies on Saturday and I think it could be the highest quality contest of the day. Menzies has posted his four best averages ever in 2023 and showed glimpses of that form as he eased to victory over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez on the opening night of the tournament.

A hugely significant victory for the Scotsman in his second shift of the day, having fulfilled his plumbing duties by fixing someone's sink earlier on!

Menzies hit four 180s in three sets on the opening night, I expect more legs to be played in his contest with Chizzy and we all know how prolific a scorer the man in yellow can be, so I'm backing over 10.5 180s in this match at [11/10].

While I think Menzies will play well and ask plenty of questions of Chisnall, I like the look of Chizzy to make it into round three but both players to win a set at 1/12.00.

Back over 10.5 180s between Chisnall and Menzies @ 11/102.11

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Back Chisnall to win and both players to win a set @ 1/12.00

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