2018 PDC World Darts Championship Day 6 Betting Preview

  • 19th December 2017
2018 PDC World Darts Championship Day 6 Betting Preview

Ben Levene (@benlevene96) analyses Day 6 of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship.

2018 PDC World Darts Championship Day 6 Betting Preview

Date: 19/12/17

Time: 19:00

Watch: Sky Sports Darts

Tuesday’s evening’s session consists of three 1st round games and a preliminary round match. The Schedule is as follows (times can change depending on the previous game). The First Round takes a best of five sets format, the Preliminary round is best of three.

19:15 – Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch

20:15 – John Henderson v Marko Kantele

21:15 – Raymond Van Barneveld v Richard North

22:15 – Adrian Lewis v Oreshkin/Munch

Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch

This is one of the higher quality prelim games you’ll see. Although don’t expect any sort of tempo, wait until you see Oreshkin’s action!

The Russian is a tricky player to play against. He beat Kyle Anderson at this years World Cup of Darts and took two sets off Mervyn King at the World Championship’s two years ago. He’s renowned for his unorthodox style

Kevin Munch played at Ally Pally in 2011, where he reached the last 32. He beat the likes of Dragutin Horvath and Rene Eidams to get here.

The bookies reckon the pair are evenly matched and I’m inclined to agree. I’d probably edge towards Oreshkin with the game going three sets, but no bet from me. I’m quite happy to watch this.

John Henderson v Marko Kantele

John Henderson beat Michael Van Gerwen in the opening round of the Grand Prix in October, that was the last time MVG lost a game. But I’d be wary of blindly backing him based on that, the Grand Prix takes a unique double-in format so is quite conducive to upsets.

Nonetheless, John Henderson has had a pretty good 2017. Since September he reached two Players Championship Quarter-Final’s, a Quarter-Final on the Euro Tour, and a TV Major Semi-Final when he went deep at the Grand Prix. He beat Van Gerwen, Alan Norris and Raymond Van Barneveld on that run.

He should have too much for Marko Kantele who is a respectable player himself. He won two Nordic and Baltic Qualifiers this year, reaching at least the Quarter-Final of all 12. At the European Matchplay he posted averages of 81.23 and 79.75 so over the longer format it is difficult to see past Hendo.

The Highlander has averaged over 90 in seven consecutive matches (excluding the Grand Prix). On TV at the European Championship and Players Championship Final’s, he hit eight 180’s across 26 legs, which is a maximum every 3.25 legs. He hit eight across 35 legs at the Dutch Masters in September, giving a rate of a 180 every 4.375. His opening round 180 counts at the last four World Championship’s read 3, 2, 4, 6. Given this goes a minimum of nine legs, there is scope for him to find his range. I’m happy back a Henderson win with him hitting the most 180’s at 11/10 with Sky Bet.

Raymond Van Barneveld v Richard North

Van Barneveld is a World Champion and one of the classiest players around. Along with Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor, he is one of only few players able to beat Michael Van Gerwen. He has a gear where he can reel of nine-consecutive legs without missing a dart at double. Likewise, he can turn up and look tired and really struggle to find his range. 12-months ago it was the case of the former as he reached the Semi-Final where he lost to Michael Van Gerwen, posting a record losing average. He has the A-game to win the whole tournament, the issue is his application.

If you haven’t heard of Richard North, you will have sooner rather than later. He’ll break into the top 32 within the next 18-months and has a bright future ahead of him. He’s beaten the likes of Ian White, James Wade Simon Whitlock, Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting this year and reached a Players Championship Final in October. He’s been quite consistent on floor events throughout 2017. North can give a good account of himself but the outcome of this is very much dependent on Barney.

Adrian Lewis v Oreshkin/Munch

I wrote in the outright preview that I fancy Lewis to have a good tournament and I reckon he can start in fine fashion. He averaged 97 in all three of his matches at the Players Championship Finals and it’s difficult to see either Oreshkin or Munch taking a set if he brings that again. He’s won 3-0 in the opening round in each of the last four World Championship’s and thrives in front of the Ally Pally crowd.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pt Adrian Lewis to win 3-0 @ 4/6 with Betfair here.
  • 1pt Henderson to win + hit the most 180’s @ 11/10.