Ricky Evans v Nitin Kumar15/12/2021 20:00
|Ricky Evans to win 3-1|
Adrian Lewis v Matt Campbell15/12/2021 20:45
|Adrian Lewis to win 3-2 or 3-1|
Finally, the start of the PDC World Championship is upon us. Gerwyn Price is the big stand out player during this session as he returns to the iconic Ally Pally stage to attempt to defend his World Championship crown. Back to back World Champion Adrian Lewis is also in action in the standout tie of day 1 with the very talented Canadian Matt Campbell.
Here are my tips for selected ties in this session.
This is a very interesting match. The betting clearly suggests Ricky Evans is a big favourite with most bookies having him as much as 1/12 on. I agree he is definitely the favourite, however coming into this tournament ‘Rapid’ Ricky isn’t in the best of form. Coming off the back of a 6-1 loss in round 1 to James Wade at the Players Championship finals with a 77.56 average will certainly not fill him with confidence. Nitin Kumar however will be full of confidence and looking forward to the occasion after winning through his Indian qualifier with ease. In his last appearance at the World Championship, he averaged 90.17 albeit in a 3-0 loss to Brendan Dolan. He possesses a very solid throw and playing well on the ally pally stage in the past will of course give him belief.
I do however expect Ricky Evans to win through this match, but Kumar will certainly give him some problems, especially if Ricky doesn’t settle down quickly.
This is a very interesting match and a draw that Adrian Lewis certainly would have liked to have avoided. Jackpot is looking to kickstart his career again and the World Championship will be a perfect time to announce his return to form. He’s been showing extremely positive signs this season with a relatively solid Pro Tour season under his belt. Although he hasn’t played many big-time TV darts just lately, he did play well in the Players Championship finals last month narrowly losing out 6-5 in the second round against Peter Wright in a highly controversial game.
Matt Campbell however has had a fantastic season. After playing some really impressive stuff on the European Challenge Tour, he finished top after dominating during periods of the season. He has plenty of experience on the big stage and has continually impressed, especially in the World Cup of darts. He’s been playing a lot in the Online Darts Live League in the build-up to this tournament and again has shown some fantastic form, so will certainly not be lacking match practice in his preparation for this highly anticipated showdown with Jackpot.
I believe this match certainly has the potential to go either way, but I feel Adrian’s big match experience, especially at the World Championship will see him come through a very tight clash.
James is the resident darts expert providing free tips and previews for major darting events.