The PDC Worlds may be over, but darts fans won’t have to wait long for their next fix with the BDO Lakeside world championships kicking off this Saturday. Here is all you need to know ahead of one of the world’s oldest tournaments.
When and Where is It on
After many months of uncertainty, Lakeside once again hosts the BDO Worlds as it has done every year since 1986. The stage which is rich in history has played host to some of the sport’s most memorable moments, including Raymond van Barneveld’s four titles and Paul Lim’s 9 nine darter to name but a few.
Limited tickets are still available for the event, but if you can’t make it then Eurosport and Quest will be broadcasting from the tournament.
But you’ll be watching it in a Rileys Sports Bar though won’t you!
The form guide
The “Will he? Won’t he” switch to the PDC questions continue to surround two-time reigning champion Glenn Durrant. It is of course hard to look past the Middlesborough based player, who has won his last ten matches on the Lakeside stage. This year he has won the Finder Masters, BDO World Trophy and England Matchplay to name but a few.
Dutch Open winner Mark McGeeney leads the chasing pack, but don’t write off Michael Unterbuchner and Richard Veenstra. Unterbuchner progressed out of the group stages at the Grand Slam against all expectations and has regularly featured in the latter stages of events in his first full year on the Tour. Veenstra was a worthy runner-up in the Finders Masters after scooping the British Classic and Masters titles back in September.
Here come the girls
“I hope I did ladies’ darts proud tonight.”
Lisa Ashton took the positives from her 3-1 defeat to Jan Dekker… pic.twitter.com/w5WOGZLAe8
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) 13 December 2018
How wonderful It was to see Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova on the Ally Pally stage just a few weeks ago. They will be hoping to use that momentum in this their premier ladies event of the year. In a mouth-watering tie for the neutrals, four-time champion Ashton takes on the highly touted Mikuru Suzuki from Japan.
Dobromyslova meanwhile takes on Surrey’s Laura Turner who is on debut.
The Rileys connections
Dave Parletti (left of pic) is a three-time Rileys qualifier for the UK Open. It has been a remarkable year for the Mortlake postman, who suffered a health setback following the Czech Open in late 2017. Since then he has made an incredible recovery and has won the Wolverhampton Open and Welsh Masters.
Former PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton also represented Rileys at the UK Open in March. The Hammer has spent the year on the BDO tour and came through a tough qualifier in Bridlington in order to reach this stage.
What the experts are saying
“I hope he doesn’t do too much thinking as that is the death of a darts player.” That’s the verdict of Martin Adams assessing Glenn Durrant’s mindset and his bid to win three Lakeside titles in a row. If Durrant succeeds, it’ll match Eric Bristow’s three titles in a row achieved between 1984-86.
Stats and facts to impress your friends
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2018 Winmau World Masters Mens Champion – Adam Smith-Neale!
— Winmau World Masters (@WinmauMasters) 7 October 2018
- Glenn Durrant and Lisa Ashton’s last loss at Lakeside was in 2016
- If Adam Smith-Neale wins his prelim match he’ll face Durrant which will be a rematch of the World Masters final where Smith-Neale prevailed.
- This is Deta Hedman’s 10th straight Lakeside appearance, she has reached the final three times.
- Five players in the field have played in both forms of the World Championships. Lisa Ashton, Anastacia Dobromoslyva, Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton and Nigel Heydon.
How do we think it will go
Durrant is the hot favourite of course, but the pressure of going for three titles in a row should never be underestimated. If the Cleveland man isn’t to prevail for a third successive year then perhaps German Unterbuchner or Dutchman Richard Veenstra will be the ones to step up to the plate. For the ladies, if Ashton gets through her first game against Suzuki (and that’s by no means a given) then she will be hard to stop. If Ashton falls at the first hurdle, then perhaps Suzuki could shock the whole field and go all the way.
The odds (via Betfair)
You can find the full tournament outright odds below. Veenstra and Smith-Neale are both at 33/1 and look like great outside bets. In the women’s event, Roz Bulmer is a priced at 100/1 at the time of writing, which seems very good value for a player who reached the semi-finals of the World Trophy and a further 7 quarter final appearances.
Evens – Glen Durrant
10/1 Mark McGeeney
10/1 Michael Unterbuchner
16/1 Scott Mitchell
18/1 Scott Waites
20/1 Kyle McKinstry
20/1 Wesley Harms
20/1 Jim Williams
25/1 Dave Parletti
25/1 Andy Hamilton
6/5 Lisa Ashton
5/1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
9/1 Deta Hedman
10/1 Fallon Sherrock
16/1 Lorraine Winstanley
16/1 Aileen De Graaf
16/1 Trina Gulliver
20/1 Mikuru Suzuki
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