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World Darts Championship day ten predictions and PDC darts betting tips

Dangerous Hurricane should be ready to trouble the defending champion

Kim Huybrechts is a class act on his day
Kim Huybrechts is a class act on his dayCredit: Dan Mullan

PDC darts tips, best bets and player analysis for day ten of the 2022 William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

When to watch

Live on Sky Sports Arena, from 12.30pm, Monday

Best bets

Dirk van Duijvenbode
2pts 10-11 general

Kim Huybrechts
1pt 4-1 general

Jonny Clayton to win 4-0
1pt 3-1 Hills

Michael Smith to win 4-1
1pt 3-1 Betfred

Day ten preview

The Smiths dominate the afternoon card at Alexandra Palace for day ten of the William Hill World Darts Championship - Ross, Michael and Raymond Smith are all in action - but only one of the trio may be charming the punting community.

The Welsh take over for the evening session, with defending champion Gerwyn Price followed on the oche by his friend and compatriot Jonny Clayton. Three-time World Championship semi-finalist, James Wade, is also on stage.

Ross Smith v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Head-to-head: No previous meetings

Dirk van Duijvenbode must have nearly burst a blood vessel during his round-two epic with Boris Koltsov - an intense match resulted in a 3-2 success for the Dutchman - and the aubergine farmer may enjoy a more straightforward victory against Ross Smith.

Van Duijvenbode clearly felt he needed to fight fire with fire - Koltsov hit the headlines in round one for his on-stage antics - and he matched the Russian for aggression and swagger. Eventually the duel took its toll on both players, with Aubergenius falling over the line.

Relieved and more relaxed for round two, expect this maximums machine, World Grand Prix runner-up last year and World Championship quarter-finalist, to outscore Smudger, who is competing in his first PDC World Championship third-round match.

William O'Connor v Michael Smith

H2H: No previous meetings

Glen Durrant has been seriously struggling with his game this year and averaged just 80.45 against William O'Connor in round two. O'Connor seems set to face a much stiffer test against former World Championship finalist, Michael Smith, who can cruise to a 4-1 sets victory.

Smith was awesome in his opener, destroying Ron Meulenkamp with a 106.32 average, sending a clear message that he is a serious title contender. Bully Boy often suffers the odd mental flat spot, so O'Connor might nick a set, but it would be a shock if the St Helens man failed to progress.

Florian Hempel v Raymond Smith

H2H: No previous meetings

An outsider will often make shock waves in a World Championship - and debutant Florian Hempel is shaping up as a lively candidate for the role. The German, who has been playing competitive darts for only four years, thrashed his compatriot Martin Schindler 3-0 in round one, then stunned Dimitri van den Bergh 3-1 in round two. Hempel, a former handball star, seems full of poise on the big stage.

Vincent van der Voort v James Wade

Vincent var der Voort was forced to withdraw from his match with James Wade on Monday afternoon after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Wade gets a bye through to the last 16 where he will meet either Joe Cullen or Martijn Kleermaker.

Kim Huybrechts v Gerwyn Price

H2H: Price leads 4-2

Bookmakers have priced this up as a doddle for Gerwyn Price, but Kim Huybrechts seems well capable of providing a stiff challenge for the tournament favourite.

A family Covid situation meant Huybrechts was unable to practice much in the build-up to the Worlds - a combination of rustiness and first-match nerves meant a patchy effort against Steve Beaton - but the Belgian stayed in London over Christmas to prepare thoroughly for round three.

Huybrechts beat Michael van Gerwen (Players Championship), Michael Smith (World Series) and Peter Wright (World Series) in October, building some pre-Worlds confidence. The 4-1 that the Hurricane blows Price out of the Ally Pally appears generous.

Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens

H2H: Clayton leads 4-0

Jonny Clayton has a 4-0 head-to-head record over Gabriel Clemens and a 4-0 sets victory at Ally Pally can bolster the statistic.

Clayton was superb in round two, fending off an inspired Keane Barry, while Clemens did not need to produce much against an edgy Lewy Williams.

Clayton, winner this year of the Masters, Premier League, World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals, can further advertise his title credentials by crushing Clemens.

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Steve PalmerRacing Post Sport

Published on 26 December 2021inDarts tips

Last updated 15:41, 27 December 2021