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Jeffrey de Zwaan to win, hit the highest checkout and the most 180s

De Zwaan has enjoyed an impressive 2018 after reaching the last 16 of the World Grand Prix and semi-finals of the World Matchplay.

He’s claimed some massive scalps during that time – twice beating Michael van Gerwen in majors – and won’t be fazed by being the first to appear on the Ally Pally stage.

Nitin Kumar ranks comfortably outside the top 1,000 in the world and is unlikely to trouble the Dutchman.

Martin Schindler to beat Cody Harris

Schindler comes into this tournament in decent nick having reached the final of the Youth World Championship last month, where he gave Dimitri van den Bergh, currently the world No. 35, a decent game.

A decent showing at the World Cup of Darts, where he and Max Hopp took Germany to the quarter-finals before running into the Netherlands, would also suggest he’s unlikely to be on the end of an upset here.

Over 3.5 sets in Jan Dekker v Lisa Ashton

This is a horrible tie for Jan Dekker, facing the first woman to appear in the World Championship for nine years, who will also have the support of her home crowd.

Aston has pushed her male counterparts close in the past and, with plenty predicting that she could spring a surprise, this is unlikely to be a whitewash, whichever way it goes.

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