Friday, December 14, 2018

PDC Darts Championship Day Two Preview

Eight matches take place today, so plenty to think about. Six first round games and two in the second round.

First up is Michael Barnard against Jose de Sousa. Barnard has showed some good form at times this season on the PDC Players Tour and has been gaining more and more experience against top players. The Portuguese qualifier de Sousa, has obviously played well to qualify and will be a competitive opponent, but I expect Barnard's experience will see him victorious.

Next is Alan Tabern against Raymond Smith. This could go either way. Both men are very experienced and have both played on the big stage and on TV. Raymond Smith did show some glimpses of brilliance when  beating Michael Smith at the 2018 Brisbane Darts Masters and also topped the rankings on the Dartplayers Australia tour. Tabern is always a tough opponent, but I would say Smith has played slightly better this year and may give him the edge, although all five sets may well be needed.

Paul Nicholson versus Irishman Kevin Burness follows. Nicholson has had an upturn of form this year and goes into the match with some confidence. Burness hasn't really showed form on the tour but is still a good player and will want to perform well. The big stage experience will help Nicholson a lot and he should be good enough to win, although it may be a tight game. The bookies have Nicholson as a strong favourite, but I suspect it will be closer than that.

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The final game of the afternoon session is a second round match between Jamie Lewis (pic) and Cody Harris. Lewis was a semi-finalist last time and will definitely want to repeat that. He has played well on tour this season and although has had dips in form, he is still a very good player. Harris played really well to get past Martin Schindler in the first round, but Schindler wasn't at his best. Harris will certainly need to up his game if he is to progress, but I think Lewis will come out on top.

Afternoon Session

Michael Barnard v Jose De Sousa  Round One
Alan Tabern v Raymond Smith      Round One
Paul Nicholson v Kevin Burness    Round One
Jamie Lewis v Cody Harris            Round Two

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