Simon Whitlock continues his campaign to win his maiden world title at the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship when the tournament resumes following the Christmas break on Wednesday afternoon.
The Wizard is set to take on Darren Webster and he is 8/13 to come through the tie against the Demolition Man. The Australian reached the second round by beating Martin Schindler 3-1. Whitlock averaged just 87.42 in that contest but hit his doubles when it mattered in that opening contest.
Australia’s highest ranked player with the PDC is a three-time semi-finalist at the Alexandra Palace. He reached the final in 2010 when he was beaten 7-3 by Phil Taylor. The Wizard can be backed at 100/1 to lift the trophy on New Year’s Day in what would be the biggest success of his career.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, number 15 seed Alan Norris will meet James Richardson for a place in the last 16. It has been a good season for Chuck who reached the semi-finals of the UK Open, while he was also a quarter-finalist at the World Matchplay.
Norris had no problem against Finland’s Kim Viljanen in the opening round of the tournament, winning 3-0. The former Lakeside finalist was eliminated at this stage of the competition 12 months ago by Raymond van Barneveld but is 4/7 to defeat Richardson.
Kevin Munch produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the PDC World Darts Championship last week when he eliminated two-time winner Adrian Lewis. The German’s reward for that victory over the number seven seed is a second-round contest against Antonio Alcinas. The Dragon is 10/11 to keep his run going and reach the last 16 of the event for the first time in his career.