Bet on Mark Walsh vs Justin Pipe – Pipe to get smoked by Walsh
You won’t hear Bad Manners’ Special Brew track getting much airtime these days, but the sounds of London’s finest ska band will be bouncing off the walls of the Ally Pally when Mark Walsh enters the arena on Thursday.
The number 10 seed is a 100/1 shot to win the PDC World Darts Championship this week, and the Watford born 45-year-old is 3/10 to defeat Justin Pipe on Thursday and advance to the second round.
Walsh’s opponent made his first appearance in the Grand Slam of Darts in November and Justin Part is slowly creeping up the world rankings.
This is Part’s first appearance at the PDC World Darts Championships and one he will surely savour, however Walsh is by far the better player and should take the tie by three sets to one – a 3-1 scoreline is priced at 5/2.
Successful in six non-televised PDC events, Walsh has the pedigree to go far in this competition and he’s 8/15 to make the highest checkout and it’s 5/6 for the highest checkout to be over 118.5.
Andy Smith vs Shane Tichowitsch
Having flown in all the way from Australia for his first PDC World Championships, Shane Tichowitsch will be hoping his tournament lasts longer than one round.
But in Andy Smith, he faces the world number 31 and the overwhelming 2/7 favourite to progress to the second round.
Smith, affectionately known as Pie Man backstage, is a bit of an eccentric and will be sure to get the crowd on his side early in the tie.
With this is mind, Smith looks well priced at 9/4 to win the match 3-0 and is a better price at 8/15 to win the match with a handicap of -1.5 sets.
A £10 stake on Smith and Walsh both winning 3-0 would return £110.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.