Draw revealed for men's tournament at Lakeside 2023: tough opening match for top favourite Andy Baetens

The draw for the men's tournament at Lakeside has been made. From December 2 to 10, 48 players will compete for the WDF world title at Lakeside in Frimley Green.

Leading the seedings list at this tournament is Andy Baetens. He has a bye in the first round, just like the other players in the top-16 of the seedings list. The Belgian will take on the winner of the match between Scott Marsh and Sebastian Bialecki in the second round.

Like Baetens, defending champion Neil Duff will enter at the second round stage. Duff faces the winner of Moreno Blom/Gabor Takacs. Jelle Klaasen has triumphed at Lakeside before, his campaign to do so again will begin with a tie against either Laszlo Kadar/Edwin Torbjornsson.

Former PDC World Darts Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis enters in the first round. The Welshman faces Jarro Botenberg for the chance to play Danny Lauby. The dominant force on the Seniors scene, Leonard Gates faces Brain Corbett with a second round tie against John Scott awaiting.

The first round of Lakeside will take place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3. Then from December 4 through 6, the seeded players will flow into the tournament for the second round. Finally, the final will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Lakeside 2023 draw (men)

(1) Andy Baetens v Scott Marsh/Sebastian Bialecki

(16) Gary Stone v Aaron Turner/Ricky Nauman

(8) Barry Copeland v Johnny Tata/Shaun McDonald

(9) Mark Barilli v Patrik Kovacs/Jim Widmayer

(4) James Hurrell v Jordan Brooks/Dennis Nilsson

(13) Alexander Merkx v Danny Porter/Arjan Konterman

(5) Wesley Plaisier v David Prins/Reece Colley

(12) Peter Machin v James Richardson/Christian Goedl

(2) Neil Duff v Moreno Blom/Gabor Takacs

(15) Martyn Turner v Liam Maendl-Lawrance/Mike Gillet

(7) Chris Landman v Benjamin Pratnemer/Davie Kirwan

(10) Kai Fan Leung v Thomas Junghans/David Pallett

(3) Jelle Klaasen v Laszlo Kadar/Edwin Torbjornsson

(14) Darren Johnson v Antony Allen/Dennie Olde Kalter

(6) Danny Lauby v Jamie Lewis/Jarno Bottenberg

(11) John Scott v Leonard Gates/Brian Corbett

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