WDF World Championship predictions: PDC regulars a cut above | Sports News

John Schwarz

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PDC Tour regular Cameron Menzies could outclass Lakeside rivals

John Schwarz

Free darts tips, best bets and analysis for the WDF Lakeside World Championship, from Saturday

where to watch

Eurosport 2 & Quest, 1 p.m., Saturday

Best bets

C Menzies
1pt each way 8-1 Betfred, BoyleSports

Mr Warburton
1pt each way 16-1 Hills

1pt each way 25-1 Betfair, Boyle Sports, Paddy Power


Darts returns to the lakeside in the form of the WDF World Championship with 48 men vying to become the first winner of the successor to the BDO event.

Welsh roofer Wayne Warren, the last winner of the BDO version two years ago, and Lakeside stalwarts Martin Adams and Paul Hogan are in a field selected from many different sources.

This even includes players currently plying their trade on the PDC Tour and perhaps unsurprisingly some of them, including Conor Scutt, Cameron Menzies and James Richardson, are leading the bets.

These three are 90-average pros, which puts them a notch above most players, and are all in the bottom half of the table. Menzies, who beat a lot of good players at Q School, averaged 94 on the main PDC tour and beat Michael van Gerwen, Ross Smith, Mensur Suljovic and Jose de Sousa in the first two months of the campaign. This form is quite impressive in this company.

The top half is wide open and includes everyone from 15-year-old multiple JDC winner Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler to 65-year-old multiple World Champion Martin Adams.

Littler looks like a star in the making, but the same has been said of rival Leighton Bennett and it’s a big step up from junior to senior, so 20-1 on the kid’s ace is a bit short.

Brian Raman is the top seed, although Wolfie may be too good for the Belgian in the last 16. PDC Challenge Tour winner Jim McEwan is a better prospect but at a price to match. Super slick Mike Warburton, a former Welsh Open champion and British Open semi-finalist last year, has better value at 16-1.

The women’s event would have been a decent watch had Fallon Sherrock and Anastasia Dobromyslova been there. They are not, nor is PDC Tour cardholder Lisa Ashton, which leaves Mikuru Suzuki as the favorite.

She, however, is housed in the brutal top half with also recent Isle of Man heroine Beau Greaves – for whom there has been quite a bit of money – and evergreens Deta Hedman and Aileen de Graaf.

It makes the bottom half open and Corinne Hammond an obvious shot either way, but not as appealing as the 25-1 scored next to sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson’s name.

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