Co Stompe vs Peter Wright – Dutchman to start with easy victory
When the beats of Eminem’s Lose Yourself reverberate around Alexandra Palace on Friday night it will mean only one thing, Peter Wright is heading to the oche.
But Wright’s trip to the stage could be the only one he makes during the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championships as the Englishman is 10/3 to beat his opponent Co Stompe.
Stompe needs no such introduction; he produces his own walk on music.
The nonchalant Dutchman has twice been a quarter-finalist at this event in the last two years and ‘The Matchstick’, as he is known off-stage, is a huge favourite at 1/5 to advance into the second round.
Wright has failed to win any of his opening matches in his last five tournaments and Stompe has made the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts and the World Matchplay in recent weeks.
While the two have never face each other, Stompe will be confident of a quick victory and the Dutchman is 13/8 to win the match 3-0 and 1/2 to make the highest checkout.
Roland Scholten vs Veijo Viinikka
Fin Viejo Viinikka will take on Roland Scholten in the preliminary round for a chance to take on Ronnie Baxter in the first round proper.
Scholten has been suffering with neck and shoulder problems for the last two years and his first round exit in this tournament last year was the catalyst for his decline in the rankings – he may be worth opposing at 1/3.
Viinikka is a big price at 9/1 to beat Scholten considering his opponents recent troubles, and the unknown Fin may well line up alongside Ronnie Baxter in the first round proper.
Considering Scholten has lost in the first round in consecutive Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championships, the 1/3 seems very short for Scholten to progress.
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