Dave Chisnall v Luke Humphries01/01/1970 01:00
Nathan Aspinall v Callan Rydz01/01/1970 01:00
Gary Anderson v Ian White01/01/1970 01:00
Gerwyn Price v Dirk van Duijvenbode01/01/1970 01:00
Day 12 in the PDC World Darts Championship and a big double session ahead. We have 4 third-round games left and then we move onto the 4th round this evening. Big names in action as Jose De Sousa, Dave Chisnall, Nathan Aspinall and Gary Anderson continue their campaigns as they finish round 3.
Then onto round 4 this evening we have some massive ties to look forward to with Gerwyn Price vs Dirk van Duijvenbode and Jonny Clayton vs Michael Smith. Here are my tips for day 12.
This match could be an absolute Ally Pally epic with both players being huge scorers. There will be plenty of 180s and this match will be played at a very speedy pace as both players like to get on with it.
Dave Chisnall looked extremely impressive in his first match, with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Mike De Decker with a 96.43 average. He seemed very smooth and looked comfortable being back on that stage after his fantastic semi-final run last year. Chisnall will now be looking at making it back to that stage again after his side of the draw has opened up after the unfortunate withdrawal of Michael van Gerwen, but he will have to navigate past a really tough tie in the form of Luke Humphries first.
Luke Humphries also looked pretty impressive in his opening match 3-0 victory, albeit against an off par Rowby-John Rodriguez. Humphries averaged 92.91 but will know he’ll have to significantly improve that to challenge Chizzy. Although Humphries is only 26 years old, he has massive experience on that stage with back to back Quarter-Final runs in 2019 and 2020 so he certainly knows how to win big games up there.
Overall I think this could be one of the ties of the day. The bookies can’t split them and I think it’s a tough one to call also. I think I’m going to side with Dave Chisnall though just based on his first-round performance and his confidence on that stage at the moment after his semi-final run last year.
Humphries, although winning his first game this year, did suffer a shock first-round defeat to Paul Lim last year and that may still play on his mind up on that stage. Sometimes it’s all about comfort and I just see Chisnall being more comfortable at Ally Pally at the moment. It’s going to be a really good game though and I see it being close but Chisnall, in the end, will have enough to progress to the next round.
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Another match this afternoon has the potential to be a really good match. Both players again love to get on with it so a fast-paced high scoring match is going to be great viewing here.
Nathan Aspinall has had a very tough first-round match coming from behind to beat Joe Murnan 3-2 with a 93.15 average. He certainly didn’t look too comfortable and got himself into all sorts of trouble by missing doubles throughout the match. He was also playing with tape on his arm, suggesting a slight injury. Could that be a problem going forward in this tournament? He hasn’t looked quite himself this year but has definitely started showing signs of improvement just lately and has probably played himself into form ready for this tournament.
Callan Rydz has had an unbelievable season, a breakthrough year for him. He carried on that form with a magnificent victory in his second-round tie against a very tricky opponent in Brendan Dolan. Rydz won 3-0 averaging a whopping 102.73. He seemed to finish everything he left and certainly looked in the mood for this tournament. The tough part for The Riot will be trying to carry that form on because he will certainly need to this afternoon to defeat Aspinall.
This for me is a really tough game to call, just because of the form Callan Rydz has shown not only in his last match but for the whole season. He has however shown signs of struggling after performing well on TV in previous matches and has done this a few times. At just 23 years old it’s tough when you’re not as experienced. This is the furthest he has progressed in his career in the PDC World Championship too. So I think with Nathan Aspinall’s much more experience not only at the World Championship but in big TV matches, will see him just edge this one and progress to the next round.
This is the final match of round 3 in this year’s PDC World Darts Championship and I can see a pretty comfortable evening ahead for Gary Anderson.
Gary Anderson came through a very tough second-round match with former World Champion, Adrian Lewis. He won 3-1 with a 93.74 average. I think he coped really well with the pressure and the build-up because that match certainly didn’t go under the radar. Two former back to back World Champions colliding in round 2 is obviously not your usual second-round tie. He’s never lost his first-round match in a PDC World Championship and he protected that record well. He’ll know himself he will need to improve in order to have a deep run once again in this tournament and I expect him to do that tonight.
Ian White is into the third round of the PDC World Championship for just the 3rd time in his career. He played pretty well in his last match, beating the dutchman Chris Landman 3-1 with a 90.92 average. Ian White has always been a great dart player but has never quite found his form on TV and I don’t expect that to change this evening. He’s had a tricky season with injury and form and I think it could well be a tough evening for Diamond.
Ultimately I think Gary Anderson will have far too much for Ian White this evening and I expect it to be a relatively comfortable evening for the Scot. if White plays his A-game it could be a different story, but I don’t expect that to happen and Anderson will progress into round 4.
The first match of round 4 sees Price and Duijvenbode go head to head in what could be a very feisty encounter with both players not afraid to show their emotions.
Gerwyn Price came through an absolute epic match in the third round against Kim Huybrechts. He won 4-3 with a 92.04 average but that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. In a match filled with testosterone and with the crowd on Price’s back, he came through in a last-leg decider which he handled brilliantly. There were times the Iceman looked as though he had lost his cool but ultimately showed his class and will be looking to get his head down now and win through much more comfortably this evening.
Dirk van Duijvenbode came through another epic match in the last round against Ross Smith. From 3-0 down in sets and looking down and out, The Titan reeled off 4 straight sets to win the match 4-3 with a 91.71 average. He will take huge confidence from coming through that match but will certainly need to improve to get anywhere near the reigning World Champion tonight.
Dirk van Duijvenbode took a long time to get going in his last match and he can’t afford a slow start this evening because Price will pounce. I expect a much improved and calmer performance this evening from Gerwyn Price. I think he’ll play well tonight and get through pretty comfortably without any drama.
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