World Darts Championship First Round Preview

Roy the Boy looks at the opening round of the World Darts Championship and he has 4 selections.

32 rags +32 hopefuls’ means lots of upsets in Dart’s World Championship opening round

Darts William Hill World Championship is almost upon us, it starts on December 13th.  I suspect the bookmakers cannot wait.  Darts is one of their most profitable sports and its fast moving action is ideal for in-play betting.  An ever increasing slice of bookmakers profits comes from ‘in play’ betting, which is unsurprising given the margins they keep on their side in in-play markets.

Anyway, with the top 32 seeded players parachuted into the second round, the first round of this competition contains a lot of unknown quantities (that’s an additional

64 players who are the 32 highest ranked players on the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit plus 32 qualifiers from around the world of which two are female players).

And that means plenty of opportunities to identify some betting value.  Here’s a few of our pics, many of which are based on hearsay and rumour, but some good brains have added their two-penneth to these suggestions.

Thursday 13th

There’s 106 places between them on official rankings but experienced New Zealander Cody Harris is expected to be too strong for the 22-year-old German, Martin Schindler.

Friday 14th

Danny Noppert, a 30’s something Julian Clary lookalike, is really finding his feet on the PDC tour and he made the semi-finals of the Players Championship finals a fortnight ago.  So he’s confidently expected to muller the 43-year-old Hong Kong player, Royden Lam.

9/4 about a 3-0 Noppert victory is a standout price with William Hill especially considering Bet365 and others are going just 7/4 about the whitewash score-line.

Sunday 16th

Ireland’s William O’Connor bit the dust in round 1 of this event 12 months ago (against veteran Steve Beaton) but he should pass the first hurdle with a fluent success over Dutchman Yordi Meeuwisse.

The word is… the Dutch player peaked two years ago and is currently no match for O’Connor who has rubbed shoulders with the very best, is on the improve and comes here on the back of a good pay day in October’s European Championship.

Wednesday 19th

27-year-old Nathan Aspinall is only 1/2 to beat Geert Nentjes which is remarkable given the underdog is so inexperienced.  But the jungle drums are beating loudly in the Dutchman’s favour (which could partly explain his 7/4 price) and he’s expected to put up enough resistance to take advantage of the +1.5 set handicap – that’s 4/5 at Bet365.

Recommended Bets

Cody Harris to beat Martin Schindler                   6/4       Ladbrokes/Unibet

Danny Noppert to beat Royden Lam 3-0             9/4       William Hill

William O’Connor to beat Yordi Meeuwisse       8/13    Paddy Power

Geert Nentjes (+1.5) to beat Nathan Aspinall     4/5       Bet365