Favourites, underdogs and wildcards all combine to complete the schedule for this Saturday evening session at the PDC World Championship.

Let’s start with the wildcards, for it’s they who are making the 2019 PDC World Championship great. Ryan Searle caused one almighty shock by sending Mensur Suljovic packing. The Englishman might have expected to meet James Wilson. But alas, the Jammy Dodger crumbled, and it’s William O’Connor who takes on the Englishman in this round three clash. This represents a massive opportunity for both to reach the final 16 and bag themselves at least £35,000 in prize money. Even a defeat here would mean they’ve exceeded expectations, but now is no time to stop.

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Photo: Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Gary Anderson versus Jermaine Wattimena is going to be a lot of fun. The pair don’t stop for breath, and should rattle off legs and even sets in the blink of an eye. Anderson of course has the edge – especially if Wattimena is as desperately poor on doubles as he was against Michael Barnard. But the Dutchman will be up for this. Expect big scores, and expect them to fly in before the referee knows what’s happened. Whoever’s officiating better have done their vocal exercises…
The last match of the session carries huge intrigue. Michael van Gerwen, even after assault with a delicious weapon, averaged 102.59 against Alan Tabern. That grace under pressure gives the impression that Mighty Mike is in the mood. Max Hopp, the darling of the European Tour, secured an impressive 3-0 win over Danny Noppert. Plenty of Germans will be around to support the Maximiser, and after the year he’s had, in a World Championship like this one, just maybe he can do something truly magical.
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Evening session schedule

19:10 Ryan Searle vs William O’Connor (R3)
20:30 Gary Anderson vs Jermaine Wattimena (R3)
21:30 Michael van Gerwen vs Max Hopp (R3)

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Author: Ed McCosh