PDC World Darts Championship: The frontrunners, contenders and pretenders ahead of the last 32 | Darts News


Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright lead the field

After a three day break, the darts are back on Monday afternoon.

The end of the PDC World Championship business is upon us. 32 players remain, but only one will prevail.

Ahead of round three, we evaluate the runners and runners as Ally Pally’s extravagance intensifies.

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The favorites

The “big four” of Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen And Jonny Clayton they all got through their opening assignments with varying degrees of ease.

The “Ice Man” and “Green Machine” endured similar bouts, losing the first set before taking 3-1 wins against Ritchie Edhouse and Chas Barstow respectively.

Price was the most impressive, averaging 101.28 to overcome the first hurdle at the World Championship for the fourth time in his career.

MVG in the meantime will know an improvement is needed for his last-32 showdown with Chris Dobey.

Wayne Mardle was impressed with Gerwyn Price's win over Ritchie Edhouse

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Wayne Mardle was impressed with Gerwyn Price’s victory over Ritchie Edhouse

Wayne Mardle was impressed with Gerwyn Price’s win over Ritchie Edhouse

“Snakebite” was never forced to leave second gear, as he won 3-0 over Ryan Meikle with an average of 92.19.

But it was Clayton, Premier League and Grand Prix champion, who passed the toughest test. ‘The Ferret’ had to call on his A-game to defeat Keane Barry 3-2 in an epic contest.

Jonny Clayton and Keane Barry hit a 10-plus ton crate record in their rousing second round match

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Jonny Clayton and Keane Barry hit a record 10+ tons of crates in their underwhelming second round match

Jonny Clayton and Keane Barry hit a 10-plus ton crate record in their rousing second round match

Party: Of all the big shots, Clayton will be the happiest

“The happiest player of the top four contenders will be Jonny Clayton. He had to fight well against an excellent performance and knows he can do everything at the highest quality when he needs it,” said three-time world champion John Part. Sky Sports.

“When you know you can get him out of yourself, it’s always a good feeling, but he already knew it. He’s safe outside the gate if you want, and he’s going to be really hard to beat. He’s just proving it.

“I think Price is similar that way too. I don’t think he was that spectacular, but he was in some moments. He certainly did everything he had to do when asked questions.

“I don’t think he had an opponent or a formidable performance against him like Clayton, but he will still be very happy to have faced him.

“Michael van Gerwen lost a lot of doubles. He got really into trouble and lost a set because of that. Chas played well, but all the problems Van Gerwen found himself in were mainly caused by him.

“He will be happy to have shown that he can get great results and in some points he corrected his mistakes on the double. Of the four I think he will be third on the list of happiness. I think he is ready though.

“Peter Wright is not going to be discouraged or negative, I don’t think. He was really a ‘I did the job’ match and that’s all you can say about how he would feel.

“It wouldn’t give him a particular push forward, but you want timing in games and you want timing in tournaments.

“Having an average of 108 in your first game in a world championship isn’t necessarily when you want your average of 108, so I think they all have a great chance from here, but Clayton will enjoy his Christmas dinner more.”

Could Clayton crown a dream year by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy?

Could Clayton crown a dream year by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy?

The contenders

There is a slew of big names in the pack of pursuers.

Michael Smith he has produced perhaps the tournament’s performance so far averaging 106.32 in his 3-0 knocking out Ron Meulenkamp.

Michael Smith says he has a point to prove on Ally Pally's stage

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Michael Smith says he has a point to prove on Ally Pally’s stage

Michael Smith says he has a point to prove on Ally Pally’s stage

Joe Cullen he is widely referred to as a dark horse. “The Rockstar” will feel it has what it takes to prevail in a very open second quarter, with James Wade the only player with the highest score in that section of the draw. ‘The Machine’ was not at its best against Maik Kuivenhoven, but he will be sure he can do a lot.

In the third quarter, Ryan Searle, Jose de Sousa And Nathan Aspinall they all have the caliber to challenge Peter Wright for the semifinal.

Rob Cross sent a message with an impressive win over Raymond van Barneveld. ‘Voltage’ is back in excellent shape, but will have his work cut in the event of a round of 16 match with Gary Anderson shines through. The Flying Scotsman showed 12 months ago how far it can go without being at its best. If he manages to summon his highest levels of performance, the two-time winner can do damage.

Rob Cross reacted after losing the opening set by winning 3-1 against Raymond van Barneveld in the second round

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Rob Cross reacted after losing the opening set by winning 3-1 against Raymond van Barneveld in the second round

Rob Cross reacted after losing the opening set by winning 3-1 against Raymond van Barneveld in the second round

In addition to MVG, Cross and Anderson, the lower quarter also contains Dave Chisnall. High Score Chizzy is a match for anyone on her day, and they don’t rule out the possibility of her passing MVG for the second consecutive year if both players make it through round three assignments.

The suitors

Apart from the big names, there is no shortage of pretenders to the throne.

After spilling the seeds in the second round, Ross Smith, Willie O’Connor, Martijn Sarto, Florian Hempel, Raymond Smith, Steve Lennon, Alan Soutar And Callan Rydz everyone will feel they can have a week to remember in London.

Damon Heta is a player who has been doing his business quietly for the past year, and will be playing his chances at jaw-dropping ‘Snakebite’ on Tuesday night.

The perennial question about Ian White is whether he will be able to take his game off the ground to the big stage, but there is still no hard evidence to suggest that “Diamond” will make it into the lowest quarter of the draw.

Kim Huybrechts sent a warning to reigning champion Price, after the “Hurricane” knocked out Steve Beaton. But the former Premier League star will know he has to take his game to another level.

Daryl Gurney awaits Cross in the round of 32 and, after showing the signs of his 2018-2019 form, “Super Chin” hopes to start.

Twice quarter-finals Luca Humphries he is a player who knows how to get great results at Alexandra Palace and on Wednesday afternoon he won’t be afraid of Chizzy.

Meanwhile, Chris Dobey, Danny Noppert, Mervyn King, Vincent Van der Voort, Gabriele Clemente And Dirk van Duijvenbode everyone has A-games to annoy the big boys, but it’s a matter of consistency.

Alan Soutar hits a 144 checkout to defeat Mensur Suljovic

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Alan Soutar hits a 144 checkout to defeat Mensur Suljovic

Alan Soutar hits a 144 checkout to defeat Mensur Suljovic

Drawing

Upper half

(1) Gerwyn Price vs. (32) Kim Huybrechts
Ross Smith vs (17) Dirk van Duijvenbode

(8) Jonny Clayton vs (25) Gabriel Clemens
(9) Michael Smith v William O’Connor

(4) James Wade v (29) Vincent van der Voort
(13) Joe Cullen v Martijn Kleermaker

Florian Hempel versus Raymond Smith
Steve Lennon vs (21) Mervyn King

The lower half

(2) Peter Wright v (31) Damon Heta
(15) Ryan Searle vs. (18) Danny Noppert

(7) Jose de Sousa v Alan Soutar
(10) Nathan Aspinall v Callan Rydz

(3) Michael van Gerwen versus (30) Chris Dobey
(14) Dave Chisnall vs. (19) Luke Humphries

(6) Gary Anderson v (27) Ian White
(11) Rob Cross vs. (22) Daryl Gurney

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