Friday, December 14, 2018

PDC World Championship Day 3 Preview - Afternoon Session

Already we have had some exciting darts and great matches and Saturday looks no different.

First match of the afternoon is Richard North against the German Robert Marijanovic. Both have played a lot on tour this season, so will be used to the playing the best.Richard North, however has the edge going into the game making the later stages of more tournaments, including the last 16 at the European Championship in October. It could be close,but I think North has a little too much scoring power.

This is followed by Mickey Mansell versus Jim Long. Mansell has been here before and is an experienced player,playing on the big stage many times. Mansell also won a tour event in April which has spurred him on.For Jim Long,this will be a big test. Long qualified by topping the Canadian Circuit, which is no mean feat, but this is maybe a step too far.I don't think it will be one sided but expect Mansell to triumph.
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Josh Payne (pic) against Jeff Smith could be an interesting match. Smith made the final of the BDO World Championship in 2016, losing to Scott Waites, He then switched to the PDC and won through qualifying school, which is a tough route, so has to be respected. Josh Payne has improved this year and won a tour event in May, so again a top player. This has 3-2 written all over it, but which way it goes,I'm not sure.

The final match of the afternoon is a mouth watering second round match that pits Danny Noppert against German number one player Max Hopp. This has been a breakthrough season for Hopp and he has won two events, including a thrilling 8-7 win against Michael Smith at the German Open in April. He is only 22 and has so much potential. Noppert had a comfortable time to get to the second round, but he has already played and may be a bit less rusty, which will help his cause. Noppert is experienced and there really is very little between the two. My personal stats shows Hopp on 56 points and Noppert on 57, (based on tournament performances and form), so another 3-2 could be in the offering.

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