Tuesday, December 18, 2018

World Championship Day 6 Preview - Evening Session

A couple of title contenders appear this evening so should be good viewing.

First game is Steve Lennon against Australian qualifier, James Bailey. Lennon has improved a lot this year and been getting to the later stages of several Tour events. He has also beaten top players along the way and will be a very tough opponent. Bailey has played well in Australia this year, winning the Oceanic Masters and qualifying for the Melbourne Darts Masters, where he lost to Gary Anderson 6-2, so he does has a little form. However I think Lennon may be a little too strong over 5 sets.

Second match sees Ron Meulenkamp take on Diogo Portela of Brazil. Portela is particularly noted as the only  South American ever to have played at the PDC World Championships. Meluenkamp has had a solid season and has had big stage experience and some good Tour results.Portela played well at the World Cup of Darts and can always be a threat if playing well. This looks close and I think it will go to all 5 sets.

Next is World Youth Champion, Dimitri van den Bergh against the American qualifier Chuck Puleo. Van denBergh will be a strong favourite going into this match with a real improvement in form this season. He is certainly a player on the up and looks to improve every game. It seems he gets better, the bigger the tournament. Puleo has won some tournaments in America and Canada this season, but this level is much higher and it does seem that it would need van den bBergh to have a very bad game to lose this one.

The final game involves Daryl Gurney against Ross Smith. Some believe Gurney could win this tournament, and he has proved himself worthy of the plaudits. Most recently he won the Players Championship beating Michael van Gerwen , so comes in with lots of confidence. Ross Smith will need to nearly average 100 or hope Gurney is not at his best.Smith played well in his first round, but Gurney is a completely different proposition. However if Smith can keep focused he might nick a set or maybe two.

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