Tuesday concludes this year’s second round action. Jelle Klaasen is many punters outside chancer for the tournament, on last weeks evidence he certainly has a chance. The Dutchman hit the highest average of the first round while King manufactured a magnificent comeback to dump out Aleksandr Oreshkin. Both will fancy their chances of a third round spot with the Cobra’s scoring being a deciding factor.
The Alexandra Palace crowd attending day 10’s evening session are in for a tremendous treat, maybe even a late Christmas present! Three of the globes finest will be looking to reach the final eight, and crucially be just two steps away from the famous Sid Waddell trophy.
Current overwhelming favourite Michael van Gerwen has glided through to this stage with wins over Rene Eidams and Darren Webster. The near exit to the former has only upped the enthusiasm of the Dutchman. He set the highest average of the tournament in his demolition of Webster. Many believe MVG’s intensity is the reason is so consistent in major TV tournaments, should he continue to show this eagerness and emotion on stage I can’t see past a second World title for MVG. Raymond van Barneveld will have his say on his national compatriot’s title chances. MVG has taken the Dutch baton with supreme confidence since Barney’s slide in form, but after grinding out a result against Stephen Bunting in round two, he would love to upset the odds and make the bookies think again.
Adrian Lewis put in one of round two’s most impressive performances, while Mensur Suljovic dug deep to scrape the deciding set and edge past Dave Pallett. Jackpot seems to be finding his rhythm and a 50% double ratio in his convincing victory over Andrew Gilding sends out a clear message. Jackpot is hear to win!
Gary Anderson deposited of one of the sports rising stars in the shape of Daryl Gurney, but will now have to overcome crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort in order to progress. We all know ‘the Dutch Destroyer’ has the game to challenge the best, but consistency has a constant issue looming over his shoulder. Therefore with his World Championship pedigree behind, Ando should progress.
Michael Smith and Benito van de Pas clash in the battle of the young guns. Both have found the tournament pretty easy going and have rarely reached fourth or fifth gear. Bullyboy will enter as favourite, but will know the young Dutchman has a chance of an outrageous upset.
Jamie Caven reached unknown waters by surpassing Ricky Evans in round two. Despite James Wade’s relative age, the experience he has picked up of major finals will give him the edge in this one. The Machine is rarely rattled therefore I would expect to see Wade quickly settle into the pace of the match and book his quarter final place.