World Championship: day one betting predictions, free darts tips, where to watch
Defending champion Peter Wright is the headline act on night one at Ally Pally
Free darts tips, best bets and analysis for the William Hill World Championship at London's Alexandra Palace.
Where to watch
Sky Sports Main Event & Arena from 6.10pm Tuesday
Steve West to win 3-0
2pts 8-11 Hills
Steve Beaton to win 3-0
1pt 19-10 Betfred, BoyleSports
Keane Barry to beat Jeff Smith
1pt Evs general
Day one Preview
Peter Wright begins the defence of his title on the opening night of the William Hill World Darts Championship and the 6-1 third favourite for the title knows who he'd rather be playing.
Snakebite is on last against the winner of the opener between Indian debutant Amit Gilitwala and veteran Essex chucker Steve West.
Wright and West have met many times over the years, as recently as the European Championships in October where the Scot nicked a 10-6 win at the last-eight stage. The Englishman is a major quarter-finalist and would represent a genuine test – if he can beat Gilitwala.
Steve West v Amit Gilitwala
This year's competition should kick off with a routine win for West over Gilitwala, the Indian number one who gets in thanks to that ranking rather than through qualifying, which didn't take place.
The youngster has been playing Superleague for Preston this year and there is nothing in his figures to suggest he can trouble West.
West has been averaging around 92 on the Pro Tour as well as seeing off Krzyzstof Ratajski and Mensur Suljovic to make the last eight of the Euros, form that should be more than good enough to complete a whitewash.
Steve Beaton v Diogo Portela
It's a record-breaking night for the Adonis, who will smoulder his way on to stage for a record-breaking 30th consecutive appearance and he can win well.
Diogo Portela's three previous trips to the Palace have ended in three defeats – he was whitewashed by Josh Payne last year – and his form doesn't offer much encouragement.
The Brazilian has averaged just 85 in ten Challenge Tour events in 2020 and that doesn't suggest he can put up much in the way of resistance. Back Beaton to win 3-0.
Jeff Smith v Keane Barry
Game three looks a genuinely competitive heat with young Keane Barry preferred over his more experienced Canadian opponent.
Rising star Barry was flying with a win, a semi-final and a quarter-final appearance on the Challenge Tour in October which gave him a free shot at the main tour where he averaged 94.8 (20th overall) in five events.
That's what Barry has in his locker. Smith is a former Lakeside semi-finalist and finalist and helped Canada make the World Cup quarters. This looks close – but Barry gets the nod.
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