Luke Woodhouse v James Wilson20/12/2021 19:15
Raymond van Barneveld v Lourence Ilagan20/12/2021 20:45
James Wade v Maik Kuivenhoven20/12/2021 21:30
Just the evening session to look forward to on Day 6 of the PDC World Darts Championship and 4 great games. James Wade starts his campaign this evening, to begin his quest for a maiden World Title. The big talking point however will be the return of the great Dutchman, Raymond Van Barneveld to the ally pally stage. Can he produce some more magical moments in this great tournament? He’ll have to navigate his way through a tough game first though against Lourence Ilagan. Here are my tips for Day 6.
This could be a very interesting match. Based on form, it should be pretty straightforward for Luke Woodhouse, but it has the potential to go either way. James Wilson has had a torrid time the last few seasons, struggling with injuries which has certainly affected his form. Although again not having a great season, he has managed to navigate his way through the last attempt at the qualifiers last month. He will need a good run in this event to save his tour card so will be under a lot of pressure from the off. He has though definitely started to pick his form up over the last few months, with some much more consistent averages, although wins have still been hard to come by.
Luke Woodhouse has continued his rise up the World Rankings this season with another very solid year. He’s becoming a danger man in the floor tournaments and if he starts getting a little more consistent I think he will have a win next season. He does though always seem to play much better on TV and is just waiting for that bit of luck to have a run. This will be his 3rd PDC World Championship and will be looking to progress further than his best run to the 3rd round back in 2020.
I think this will be a match Luke Woodhouse will dominate and should win fairly comfortably. But it’s difficult to rule out Wilson because he really is a fabulous player, you just don’t know what sort of match he’s going to have at the moment. I do think he’ll get a set though, although that depends on how Woodhouse settles.
This will definitely be the tie of this evening’s session. The eyes of the world will be on Barney as he makes his return to the ally pally stage, 2 years after he bowed out in a shock first-round defeat to American, Darin Young. But I don’t think this will be as straightforward as it looks.
Lourence Ilagan is a really tricky character to navigate past, he’s a great watch and always puts on a show. The really impressive thing however is that he seems to have great self-confidence in his ability, which certainly shows in previous encounters on TV. He has in my opinion though under-achieved in the PDC World Championships, he has failed to win past round one in 5 previous visits, albeit never rolling over in defeat. It’s tricky to work out what kind of form he is in coming into this tournament, he hasn’t played much darts so will be a little rusty. But you just never know with Ilagan so I certainly wouldn’t rule out him giving Barneveld a scare.
Raymond van Barneveld will be coming into this year’s PDC World Championship feeling confident. On his return this season to Professional darts, he has more than shown he still belongs around the game’s elite. He’s had a pretty good season, with the highlight being a win in Players Championship 3 in February. He’s shown some pretty good form in the last few months too, getting through the Grand Slam Qualifiers being a highlight, albeit not getting through the group stages of that tournament, but played some good stuff. His return to Ally Pally will fill him with excitement as we all know Barney loves playing on TV, especially in front of big crowds, something he hasn’t done for a while!
I’m intrigued, just as everyone is to see Raymond make his return and I don’t expect a repeat of his last appearance on that stage. I expect him to come through this match but will have to work hard to make sure Ilagan doesn’t get a foothold in the game early. I expect Barney to be a little nervous so he may well drop a set but will come through this match and book a place in a fantastic tie in the next round, against Rob Cross.
The Machine begins his quest this evening to cement his place in darting history as one of the greats, as he looks to win a first World Title. He’s coming into this tournament in pretty good form after a great run to the semi-finals of the Grand Slam, eventually losing to Gerwyn Price 16-9. He’s had a very good year on tour and has continued to be in the latter stages of most tournaments he’s played. This is the big one for Wade and he will certainly be looking forward to it, especially as it’s a set play format. I genuinely believe he has what it takes this year and he may well go very deep this year, especially being handed a very kind Quarter of the draw.
Maik Kuivenhoven has already had a game on that stage and played pretty well in a 3-1 victory over Ky Smith. However, he only finished with an 88.88 average, which he will definitely need to improve on to get close to Wade. he definitely has the game in him to cause James some serious problems, but I believe this may be a step too far for Maik and I think Wade will come out a comfortable winner.
Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.
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