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Seeds continue to fall at the darts, this 16/1 shot says Taylor will stop that

After Van Gerwen's scare, could the same happen to Taylor? No, but here's where the value is in the evening session

by David Kent | December 19, 2015

After a hugely dramatic day two at Ally Pally which saw five out of the six seeds in action fall, three more start their tournament tonight, including the greatest there has ever been

Keita Ono vs Alex Tagaro (Prelims) – Over 2.5 sets at

We’ve seen Japanese qualifiers do well in the World Championships before, with the likes of Hashimoto and Muramatsu winning over the crowd time after time. Ono played in the World Masters in the BDO this year and knocked out Andy Fordham, so isn’t a bad player. Tagaro on the other hand, beat Laurence Llagen, an experienced Philippines thrower to qualify. I’m avoiding the match bet, and going for over 2.5 sets

Vincent Van Der Voort vs Loz Ryder – Van Der Voort -2.5 sets at World Grand Prix First Round 4/10/2010 Vincent van der Voort in action against Terry Jenkins Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie *** Local Caption ***

Van Der Voort loves the World Championships, it’s where he has his best record in PDC Majors.
Eight consecutive first round wins shouldn’t be upset tonight. Last year he should’ve beaten Phil Taylor in the quarter finals, but fell to the might of the Power. Ryder stunned Justin Pipe last year, and has had a consistent year on the DPA circuit.
But I’m backing the Dutchman to dispatch quite easily of the Kiwi. -2.5 sets is the bet, but a VdV Hat Trick (Most 180’s, High Checkout and win) at is worth a punt as well

Simon Whitlock vs Ricky Evans – Whitlock 3-1 at

Simon Whitlock needs to be very very careful here against ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans

After a shocking year, The Wizard found a little bit of form towards the end by reaching the quarter finals in the Player’s Championship’s finals. He showed grit to knock out Peter Wright along the way. Evans made his debut last year, and qualified through the last-chance event for this year, winning seven matches in one day

  • This is Whitlock’s 13th appearance at a World Championship, in the previous 12, he’s reached the semi-finals five times
  • He’s only been knocked out in the first round once – last year
  • Evans has wins over James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Kevin Painter and Whitlock himself this season. But he’s only been on TV once since the Worlds last year

I’m tipping Whitlock to have enough, but if you fancy an outside shot, back Evans to win with the Aussie taking a set at

Phil Taylor vs Ono/Tagaro – Phil Taylor 3-0 at


This one would seem quite obvious, but after MVG was almost stunned last night by Eidams, maybe not. Taylor will have seen that performance by Van Gerwen, and will want to lay a marker down to the rest of the players – he’s on the hunt for title number 17

  • The Power has never lost in the first round, the closest year it happened was 2008, where he survived one match dart to win – ironically, against Michael Van Gerwen
  • He’s won eight of his 10 first round appearances 3-0 since the PDC changed the format

If you fancy another shock result, Taylor to win 3-2 is , while if you’re foolish  brave enough to back the prelim to win it’s



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