Raymond Smith v Mervyn King01/01/1970 01:00
James Wade v Martijn Kleermaker01/01/1970 01:00
Gary Anderson v Rob Cross01/01/1970 01:00
Alan Soutar v Callan Rydz01/01/1970 01:00
Another thrilling double session at Alexandra Palace today on Day 13 of the PDC World Darts Championship. The tournament is really starting to heat up now as today we will find out our Quarter Final lineup with the last 6 matches to be played in the round of 16 stages. Here are my tips for both the afternoon and evening sessions on Day 13.
What an unbelievable opportunity it is for one of these guys to make it through to the Quarter Finals. Raymond Smith is in his second PDC World Championship and Mervyn playing in his 15th PDC World Championship. This looks to be a fascinating contest.
Raymond Smith has had a wonderful tournament, which has certainly surprised a lot of people. He’s been one of the big stories of this World Championship and continues to impress. He’s done so well that he now stands on the brink of a PDC Pro Tour Card for next season, but Mervyn King stands in his way. Will the extra pressure of the win to gain his tour card play on his mind? I’m not so sure because he really has looked unbelievably comfortable for a guy with such little experience on the Ally Pally stage.
Mervyn King has done exactly what Mervyn King does in this tournament. He goes under the radar, plays some really solid darts and then suddenly he’s on the brink of another Quarter Final. He’s won 2 good games and finds himself in the position which he certainly would have targeted at the start of the tournament. The difference is, he finds himself playing an international qualifier which gives him a huge chance, one that he will be desperate not to miss. I don’t think The King is someone who’s going to overthink this match either, but in the back of his mind, he’ll know he may not get many better opportunities to really challenge for that elusive World Title again.
Overall I think this will be a good solid match without setting the world alight. There’s without a doubt going to be nerves from both of them, with it being such a huge match for both of their careers. I’m going to side with Mervyn King though, his experience in big matches like this should see him over the line and I think with Raymond Smith needing to win for his tour card as well as playing in a huge match on top of that, I think it may be a little too much pressure and a step too far for the Aussie.
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Another fantastic game and a huge opportunity for one of these players to progress to the Quarter Finals of the PDC World Championship for the first time in their careers.
Alan Soutar has had a dream debut at the PDC World Championship and with this brilliant run, he has now climbed inside the top 64 in the world in his first season on tour, a great achievement. His last two games have been the highlight, however, dispatching of both Mensur Suljovic and Jose De Sousa in dramatic fashion. He’s survived so many match darts in this tournament but that won’t bother the Scot one bit. He will know though that he will have to improve dramatically to be able to compete with the bang in form Callan Rydz which means he faces a really tough task in order to continue this dream debut.
Callan Rydz just continues to impress and ooze class with more amazing performances in this year’s World Championship. He’s got through to the last 16 without losing a set and that’s certainly impressive considering he’s played Brendan Dolan and Nathan Aspinall in his last 2 matches. I’m not sure if he knows how well he is playing or whether he just takes it game by game, but either way, he’s really starting to become a few people’s outside bet for the title, and it would be hard to disagree with that right now. This is a huge opportunity for this young man to reach the Quarter Finals with the way his draw has opened up and he won’t want to let it slip by.
Ultimately I think this will be a step too far for Alan Soutar and his dream debut will end here at the hands of the mighty impressive Callan Rydz. The Riot has been starting games really quickly and I expect him to do the same again this afternoon and put Soots under pressure from leg 1. I think this could be another comfortable match for Rydz today and I don’t think he will lose a set for the 4th game in this tournament.
The first game of this evenings session sees James Wade return to the ally pally stage in what could be a bit of a banana skin match, against the impressive Martijn Kleermaker.
James Wade has only played one game in this tournament but he finds himself in a brilliant position against the unseeded Dutchman for a place in the quarter-finals. It will be very interesting to see how Wade plays this evening after only averaging 83.74 in his first match. I can’t see him playing like that again and I’d be very surprised if he did.
I think this is the ideal situation for James Wade to pounce on as he has done time and time again in his illustrious career. If he wins this evening he plays either Mervyn King or Raymond Smith for a place in the semi-finals and although he won’t be looking past this game, I can’t see The Machine letting this opportunity go.
Martijn Kleermaker has had a fabulous run to the last 16 on debut in the PDC World Championship. He’s beaten two seeds in the last two rounds, Simon Whitlock and the highly fancied Joe Cullen. Kleermaker however hasn’t exactly set the world alight with his performances and all three of his games have been a bit of a battle. Credit to him though as he’s got through them games and handled the pressure well when he needed to. He certainly won’t be scared of playing The Machine, but will definitely need to up his game to compete with Wade.
I think this may be a pretty comfortable night for James Wade as I think this may be a step too far for Kleermaker. Wade has had some time off and been able to get on the board and refresh and I think he’s going to come out and play really well tonight and progress without too much fuss into the quarterfinals for the 9th time in his career.
What an unbelievable match this could be with two former World Champions colliding. Both will feel like they have a point to prove and with Anderson’s fantastic record at ally pally, this could well be a memorable night.
Gary Anderson will certainly be waking up this morning wondering how he is still in this year’s World Championship after being 3-0 down to Ian White last night but somehow coming back to win 4-3. He didn’t look overly comfortable last night and that will definitely be a concern for him. He is using new darts though as he has said his old darts were slipping out of his hand, so it may take him a little while to get used to them, although he won’t have time this evening as he faces the in-form Rob Cross.
Rob Cross has continued his fabulous form and won his last match 4-3 in an epic win over the impressive Daryl Gurney. He averaged 99.77 in that match and played the majority of it under huge pressure which shows the old Voltage is back. He’s come through a really tough draw so far after defeating Raymond van Barneveld in his first came and will continue with his tough draw as he plays Gary Anderson this evening. He will be mightily disappointed if his World Championship ended here as he’s in such good form but he’s going to have to be bang on form again tonight to get over this next big hurdle.
This match is tough to call because you never quite know which Gary Anderson will turn up. He’s obviously a wonderful dart player and has an unbelievable record here at Ally Pally. I just have a feeling this may be Rob Cross’s night. Cross is in much better form not only this year but more importantly in this tournament so far. Anderson has looked a little off the pace and although it wouldn’t shock me to see him come out firing tonight, I just think Cross will have a bit too much and I expect him to move on to the last 8.
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