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2016 World Championship Darts matches and tips – Thursday 17 December

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We’ve got some Christmas crackers to kick off the 2016 World Championship Darts, including Peter Wright v Keegan Brown

The best darts players in the world will be flocking to Alexandra Palace this week to compete in the 2016 World Championship.

The target is simple. Win your first round encounter before returning after Christmas to play in the later stages of the competition, although there will be some very good players who bow out at the first hurdle.

That will include either Peter Wright or Keegan Brown who clash in the match of the evening this Thursday, with the other two clashes promising to be close encounters too.

Thursday 17th December 2015

19:00
Andy Boulton v Per Laursen

The night begins with two qualifiers competing in a best-of-seven legs encounter. It’s clearly an unpredictable although Laursen does have experience of the Alexandra Palace stage, having reached the second round of the World Championship two years ago.

BETTING TIP: Laursen to win @ 7/4 with Paddy Power

19:30
Jamie Lewis v Daryl Gurney

Lewis might be the seeded player although the bookies can’t split this pair, with the Welshman having lost to James Wade at this stage twelve months ago. Since then, he’s had some good results, most notably beating Michael Smith in the World Grand Prix.

Gurney makes his third appearance at Ally Pally, having reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship finals recently and we think he could have the edge after beating some established names in that tournament.

BETTING TIP: Gurney to win @ 11/10 with Coral

20:30
Peter Wright v Keegan Brown

The draw could have been kinder to Keegan Brown who reached the second round last year and lost an entertaining match against Adrian Lewis. It’s a tall order against Snakebite, with Wright coming into this tournament as fourth seed.

Two years ago, the Scot made it to the final and he should come through relatively unscathed in this opener, although we reckon Brown has enough to claim a set.

BETTING TIP: Wright to win 3-1 @ 9/4 with bet365

22:00
Gary Anderson v Boulton/Laursen

The world champion returns to the stage of his greatest triumph and he should expect few problems against either qualifier. Anderson isn’t in the sort of form of twelve months ago, although his opponent won’t be operating at the same level and we’ll go for a Gary whitewash.

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