With the darts back you know it’s Christmas, and a double session on Friday means two chances to make some cash.
John Henderson vs Darren Webster
Henderson has his best year in the TV tournaments in 2015. This is his fourth appearance at the PDC Championships, but he’s never managed to put back to back wins together. His best result was knocking out seventh seed Dave Chisnall two years ago. Webster on the other hand managed to sneak into the tournament as the sixteenth and final qualifier from the Pro Tour, just £750 ahead of Devon Peterson.
I’d be surprised if Big Bad John doesn’t come out on top here – back under 4.5 sets at
Justin Pipe vs Cristian Kist
This one is going to be slower than Man United going forward. Kist likes to get into a rhythm, but against the methodical Pipe, that’s sure to be disrupted.
Pipe exited the 2015 tournament at this stage with a dire performance against Loz Ryder, averaging 86. A string of first round exits on TV was stopped during the year, but like Henderson, he’s struggled to put back to back wins together in front of the cameras.
Kist is a former World Champion, and shouldn’t be underestimated, but I’m expecting Pipe to just have enough to remove the Lipstick from Ally Pally – Justin Pipe 3-1 at
Mark Webster vs Qian Sun/Mick McGowan
Webster is celebrating his 10th appearance at a World Championships this year, and is my outside bet to get to the final. He’s had a bit of a resurgence in 2015, reaching his first TV semi final for four years, and a couple of quarter’s to back that up. His record in the Palace is somewhat good (only exited the first round once, in 2012. He’s appeared in the quarter finals three times out of his six appearances).
Qian Sun is known more for his soft tip game, while McGowan does have a little bit of history in the Worlds. He was seeded on his last appearance in the tournament in 2008, but lost to finalist Kirk Shepherd, who probably works in Sainsbury’s now to be fair.
This will be comfortable for the seed – Mark Webster at
The first seed fell yesterday in Jamie Lewis, but it’ll be the evening time when the next one will fall…