Gary Anderson joins Wayne Mardle and Dave Clark to assess World Darts Championship draw
Last Updated: 29/11/16 10:25am
Reigning champion Gary Anderson joined our experts to pick apart the World Darts Championship draw.
What's the best first-round game?
Gary Anderson said: Mervyn King v Steve West, then you've got Barney and Robbie Green. Robbie's a good player, I think he can give Barney problems. James Wade v Ronny Huybrechts - that could be a toughie!
Gerwyn Price against young Jonny Clayton (I call him young but he's older than me!)
The Barney one was a good one, really good.
Wayne Mardle said: Robbie Green v Barney. I rate Robbie, he's a danger. Over a best-of-five format, Barney might be slightly nervous and Robbie is a tried-and-tested BDO championship semi-finalist. I think Robbie will fancy his chances.
Who's the best unseeded player?
Mardle: Kevin Painter will be very happy with his draw, no offence to Jamie Caven. Kev can turn over a seed. Dobey can beat Justin Pipe. Christian Kist can beat Brendan Dolan. Steve West won't fear Mervyn King. There's a lot of seeds that can go.
My boy Chris Dobey. He’ll be something else in the future. He’s got his head switched on, he just wants to play darts, and if he gets beat he doesn’t get upset about it. He goes onto the next tournament and I think that’s fantastic.
Clark: James Wilson I think, I'm a big fan of his. He takes on Kim Huybrechts which will be a tough game for him.
Potential first-round upset?
Mardle: James Wilson can turn over Kim Huybrechts. James is a really good player. He's very consistent, and tough to beat.
Clark: Dave Chisnall has a tough game against Rowby-John Rodriguez, who's a fast-emerging player. And Brendan Dolan will have problems with former Lakeside champion Christian Kist.
Finally, Gary - tell us about your first-round match against 'Frosty the Throw-man' Mark Frost...
It’s hard. I know Frosty, I’m quite pally with him, and he’s a good player. He’s always been good but, over the past six months, he’s come up a bit. So it’s a toughie.
The World Darts Championship is live on Sky Sports between December 15-January 2.