World Darts Championship: Wednesday's third-round tips
We're offering #BetYourWay on the last 16, starting with these 9/1 and 20/1 selections for MVG and Barney's matches.
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT v RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD
Van Barneveld to win –
No player raises his game for the Worlds quite like Barney. With three semi-final appearances in the last three years, he’ll refuse to be sent packing just yet.
Van Barneveld to average over 105 –
Barney averaged 114 in the first set against Kyle Anderson before a couple of missed doubles dragged him back to normality, so this looks excellent value.
Both players to hit a 100+ checkout –
These two go back more than 20 years, so, with both in such good form, expect a bit of one-upmanship as things start to heat up.
Over 27.5 legs in the match –
Van der Voort is yet to drop a set this tournament and, having already knocked out Dave Chisnall, who was seeded one place higher than Barney, he is sure to push his fellow Dutchman all the way.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN v GERWYN PRICE
Van Gerwen to win 4-0 –
MVG has never lost to Price, with all four of his victories in 2017 coming by such emphatic scorelines that the Welshman – who admits that set play is not his forte – might struggle to stem the tide.
Van Gerwen to hit the most 180s –
Price isn’t bad when it comes to power-scoring, but it’s hard to imagine him hitting more maximums than the world No. 1 when the pressure is on.
Van Gerwen to average over 105 –
The Dutchman averaged 106 in the first round against Christian Kist and 108 in the second against James Wilson so, even allowing for a slight drop-off, this one ought to be comfortable.
Van Gerwen to throw two 130+ checkouts –
Van Gerwen has hit two checkouts of at least 138 in both of his games at the tournament so far, and is unlikely to drop his level now the competition is getting hotter.