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King to reign at Alexandra Palace in this 8/1 evening accumulator

Players with a total of six world titles in action tonight, as more seeds look to avoid upsets

by David Kent | December 20, 2015

Phil Taylor successfully navigated his way through to the second round as two more seeds were eliminated on day two of the World Championships. There’s two world champions playing on Sunday evening, as well as a nine-dart hero

Aleksandr Oreshkin v Paul Lim (P) 

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Evening opens with a prelim between an unknown Russian and a Singapore slinger. Oreshkin qualified through a tournament in Moscow, but has played in no other events on the PDC circuit. Lim on the other hand is making his 21st appearance at a World Championship, the longest  span of any player. He hit a 170 checkout against MVG a couple of years back. Difficult to call due to the unknown Russian standard, so I’m backing Lim to get the highest checkout at

Stephen Bunting vs Jyhan Artut

The Bullet needs to be a little wary of the big German, who has history of almost causing shocks in Ally Pally. He knocked out Wayne Mardle in 2011, and missed darts to eliminate Gary Anderson in 2012. He’s got wins over John Part, Joe Cullen, Rowby-John Rodriguez and Bunting himself in 2015. But the Liverpudlian is a Premier League player, and hasn’t lost a game to a player outside the top 32 in a ranking tournament since he switched to the PDC in early 2014. Bunting 3-0 at

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Raymond van Barneveld vs Dirk Van Duijvenbode

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An underwhelming 2015 for Barney, but he usually gets his head in gear when he walks into the Palace. He’s won his last three first round games 3-0 (against Jamie Lewis, Michael Smith, and Rodriguez), and despite exiting in the first round of four TV tournaments this year, I expect him to get through smoothly. 3-0 could be something to look at, but I’m going for Barney to hit the most 180’s at against the inexperienced Van Duijvenbode

 

Mervyn King vs Prelim Winner

Mervyn King has also had a rough year, not getting past the quarter finals of any  ranking tournament for the first time since he switched codes. But he’ll be happy to have drawn a prelim winner, having exited the Worlds two years straight in the first round. He won’t win the Sid Waddell trophy, but back him at for the win here

Put these four together and it brings up a nice tidy accumulator to get a fancy dress costume for the work Christmas party!

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