As we approach the festive break of the PDC World Darts Championship, the runners and riders will be hoping to squeeze through to the third round so that their turkey dinners taste that little bit sweeter.
Two former world champions go head-to-head on the oche on Thursday evening, and we’ve plucked out three tips from that mouthwatering clash and two others:
Rob Cross to beat Raymond van Barneveld at 8/15 with bet365
The Ally Pally crowd have been really treated to this blockbuster in such an early round.
2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld takes on the 2018 champion Rob Cross as the Dutchman continues to make his return to the sport.
Barney threw well in besting Lourence Ilagen in the opener – averaging 97 – but will have to crank it up a notch to get the better of ‘Voltage’.
Cross is the eleventh seed and reigning European champion – his relentless scoring should take advantage of any chinks in the Barney armour.
Gabriel Clemens v Lewy Williams – Over 9.5 180s at 10/11 with Paddy Power
We’re expecting some legs (and sets!) in this clash.
Lewy Williams was superb on debut in getting the better of Toyokazu Shibata, but Gabriel Clemens is a different proposition all together.
The big German is a heavy scorer and a consistent 180 hitter, albeit sometimes falling short on his double hitting.
Considering this match could well be a 3-2 toss-up either way, banking on at least 10 180s in the match looks solid.
Chris Dobey -1.5 handicap v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez at 8/11 with bet365
Chris Dobey has faired pretty well over his last three appearances at the World Championships.
He hasn’t failed to make the third rounds since 2018, being handed a nightmare first round draw against the G.O.A.T on the oche, Phil Taylor.
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez battled hard to advance from his opening round clash against qualifier Ben Robb, but will have to improve on his scoring against the consistent Dobey.
We’re not sure Dobey will drop more than a set as he waltzes into round three.