Darts Tips: 7/2 shot in Mark Webster’s best bets for day one at the Ally Pally

The long, long wait is finally over and Webby's here with his Friday flutters.

Friday’s Darts Tips

7.15pm: Kevin Doets v Stowe Buntz
Doets to Win

8.15pm: Cameron Menzies v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Menzies to Win
Menzies to Win 3-2

9.15pm: Simon Whitlock v Paolo Nebrida
Whitlock to Win 3-0
Whitlock Under 3.5 180s

10.15pm: Winner Of Match A v Michael Smith
Smith to Win 3-0

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It’s night one at the World Championship. We’ve got three first round ties and a second round tie featuring the defending champion and world No.1 Michael Smith. The two players looking for that dream up with The Bully Boy kick things off.

7.15pm: Kevin Doets v Stowe Buntz

Kevin Doets takes on Stowe Buntz first and this is a great tie. Stowe Buntz was great at the Grand Slam and made a dream debut getting to the quarter finals.

He navigated his way through a group which included Steven Bunting, Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright before beating Andrew Gilding and then succumbing in the quarter finals to Bunting.

He’s got a tricky opponent in Kevin Doets, he’s a solid player, and finished 14th on the ProTour Order of Merit to book his spot at the World Championship and I think he’ll come through this tie. It’ll be a close one but it’s Doets to Win.

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    8.15pm: Cameron Menzies v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

    This Cameron Menzies v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez could potentially steal the show on opening night. Menzies clicked into gear towards the back end of the year and was struggling to get in but hit form to make it.

    Rusty came through the last-chance saloon and made it through the qualifiers. He was excellent in his final qualifying match averaging over 100 to book his spot at the Ally Pally.

    I just think Menzies has the experience and the power scoring to give him the edge. I see this one going to a 5th set with Menzies to Win 3-2.

    9.15pm: Simon Whitlock v Paolo Nebrida

    The third match of the evening features the legend Simon Whitlock, the 2010 finalist, looking to have maybe his final win at the Ally Pally. He’s slipping down the rankings and we don’t know how many more times we’ll see him here.

    I think he’ll beat Paolo Nebrida quite comfortably in this match. Nebrida made his debut last year and was very nervous in that opening match.

    The sheer experience of Whitlock means we’ll see him win and I think it will be 3-0. There’s some value in the Under 3.5 180s for Whitlock. I just don’t think he’s going to be pushed enough to need high scoring and will come through comfortably.

    10.15pm: Winner Of Match A v Michael Smith

    The final match features the reigning champion Michael Smith. He hasn’t had the best of times this year, he’ll admit he’s struggled, but I think the draw has favoured him here.

    He can play himself into some form and I think he’ll enjoy himself. There’ll be nerves but he’ll enjoy being announced as the defending champion and whoever comes through that first match will be swept aside so it’s Smith to Win 3-0.

    Friday’s Darts Tips

    7.15pm: Kevin Doets v Stowe Buntz
    Doets to Win

    8.15pm: Cameron Menzies v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
    Menzies to Win
    Menzies to Win 3-2

    9.15pm: Simon Whitlock v Paolo Nebrida
    Whitlock to Win 3-0

    10.15pm: Winner Of Match A v Michael Smith
    Smith to Win 3-0

    *Odds quoted are correct at time of publication but are subject to change

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