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World Darts Championship: Day ten preview

The PDC World Darts Championship gets back under way with a bang with some of the sport’s biggest names in action on a blockbuster tenth day of the tournament as the third round begins.

The defending champion Peter Wright and the world number one Gerwyn Price are both looking to progress to the next stage on a day packed with intriguing clashes.

What: World Darts Championship
When: December 15th – January 3rd, 2023
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
How to watch: Sky Sports
Odds (To Win Outright): Michael van Gerwen 9/4, Michael Smith 11/2, Gerwyn Price 13/2,  Peter Wright 10/1, Luke Humphries 14/1, Josh Rock 14/1, Jonny Clayton 18/1

Rising star Rock faces tough test against Aspinall

Josh Rock has been one of the stories of darts in 2022, rising rapidly through the ranks and quickly grabbing headlines with eye-popping averages.

The Northern Irishman then hit a nine-darter against Michael van Gerwen at the Grand Slam and became the name on everyone’s lips for the World Championships.

Ever since Rob Cross’ victory on debut in 2018, punters have been keeping an eye out for a bolt from the blue winner and Rock has the best chance since Voltage.

The 21-year-old is 14/1 To Win Outright despite currently being ranked just 47th in the world and is an 8/13 chance in the Match Winner market to get the better of two-time semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall in this matchup.

However the Asp is no pushover and has reached two major finals this year so should not be underestimated, he is a 13/10 chance in the Match Winner market to spoil the Rock party in the highlight of the afternoon session.

Barney and Price set for another rumble

Not many players can say that they have one over on world number one Gerwyn Price but 2007 world champion Raymond van Barneveld is one of them.

The pair have met three times in the last three months with Barney coming out on top of all three, including two blockbuster clashes at the Grand Slam.

The pair seem to bring the best out of each other and they hit a combined 18 180s in their last meeting.

It’s 4/5 that there are Over 12.5 or more in this clash that looks likely to be a cracker. 

The crowd will be rooting for Barney and he is 12/5 in the Match Winner market to produce the upset, while 2020 champion Price is 1/3 to be the Match Winner and progress past this tough rival who seems to have had his number recently.

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Defending champion faces tough test

Peter Wright has had off the oche issues to deal with throughout the back end of 2022 and he was not overly convincing in his second round matchup against Mickey Mansell, averaging just 88 in that victory.

He will also need to be at his best to get the better of Kim Huybrechts in this clash with the Belgian having the better of the recent head-to-heads between these two.

Huybrechts has won three of the last four meetings between the pair in convincing fashion, two 6-0 victories and a 6-1 win.

The Hurricane was edged 4-3 by Gerwyn Price at this stage last year and could be an attractive proposition to cause the upset for some at a price of 7/2 in the Match Winner market.

Snakebite is a 1/5 shot in the Match Winner market as he looks to move closer to retaining his title as champion.

Competitive encounters to open both sessions

The action at Ally Pally begins again with Dimitri van den Bergh facing Krzysztof Ratajski and the pair should put on a good show.

Neither needed to be at their best to win their second round clashes but the same cannot be said here, with both men former quarter-finalists.

Van den Bergh has won five of the last six meetings between the two and is 4/9 in the Match Winner market to repeat the trick, while Ratajski cannot be underestimated and is available at 7/4 to be the Match Winner.

Beginning the action-packed evening session is the most competitive betting heat of the day’s action as Gabriel Clemens faces Jim Williams.

The latter produced the biggest shock of the tournament so far when he knocked out James Wade in the second round but will need a similarly impressive performance to get past the German Giant, who averaged 95 in a whitewash win over William O’Connor.

Clemens is priced at odds of 10/11 to be the Match Winner while Williams is 10/11.

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