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2017 PDC Worlds day 2 preview: Price is Wright and won’t be Beaton!

| 16.12.2016

2017 PDC World Championship

  • First round, day two
  • Friday, December 16th
  • Session starts: 19:00 GMT
  • Alexandra Palace, London
  • Live on Sky Sports Darts (3)

Wright and Petersen to light up oche

Day two of the 2017 PDC World Championship sees another superstar Scot take to the Ally Pally oche, as Peter Wright follows defending champion Gary Anderson, who plays on Thursday.

Snakebite will take on one of qualifiers Jerry Hendriks or Warren Parry at the end of the session, while the likes of Gerwyn Price and Steve Beaton also feature.

There is also an appearance for South Africa’s Devon Petersen, who takes on The Bronzed Adonis, so along with Wright expect a battle of colourful and extravagant walk-ons.

Read on to see our 2017 PDC World Championship day 2 preview, featuring one preliminary and three first round matches

Check out our seven sensational tournament tips and exclusive Stephen Bunting interview too!

Jerry Hendriks v Warren Parry

Hendriks (pictured) is aiming to reach the main draw at the 2017 Worlds for a second time.

Hendriks (pictured) is aiming to reach the main draw at the 2017 Worlds for a second time.

Out of all the eight preliminary round matches at this year’s Worlds, it is probably the most high-profile, as both Hendriks (8/11 favourite) and Parry (11/10) have pedigree at this tournament.

Dutchman Hendriks won his only previously first round appearance here in 2013 after upsetting former semi-finalist Wayne Jones, while New Zealander Parry has taken part at this stage three times before.

The fact that Hendriks has got through to the second round before makes him a worthy favourite, and so is a more enticing 12/5 to triumph 2-1, despite Wazza being a slaughterman for his day job.

Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton

Price features in Coral's 2017 PDC Worlds day 2 preview.

Price features in Coral’s 2017 PDC Worlds day 2 preview.

At least one Welshman is guaranteed a place in the last 32, as this battle of Dragons sees 19th seed Price (1/2) take on tournament debutant Clayton (13/8).

The duo have one victory apiece against each other, with the older Clayton, nicknamed The Ferret, winning their most recent meeting back in August, but surely the quality of The Iceman will shine through.

Price is favourite to make it third time lucky and reach the second round here, and so is a tasty 13/5 price to win 3-1.

Steve Beaton v Devon Petersen

Petersen is a tasty shout to upset former BDO world champion Beaton.

Petersen is a tasty shout to upset former BDO world champion Beaton.

Being ranked higher, Beaton is the 8/15 match favourite with Coral, but signs point to a first round shock for Petersen (6/4), and here’s why…

The confident South African has faced The Bronzed Adonis three times before, winning two of them – and one of which was at this same stage in the 2014 edition of the Worlds.

Petersen, who was a qualifier that year, amazingly reached the last 16 before going out to James Wade, but is 5/1 to exact his 3-1 triumph over 1996 BDO world champion Beaton again.

Peter Wright v Hendriks/Parry

Wright shouldn't have any troubles against either Hendricks or Perry.

Wright shouldn’t have any troubles against either Hendricks or Perry.

As Wright will not know his opponent until after Hendriks and Parry’s duel earlier in the evening, there are no match odds available for him.

He has faced the latter twice before, winning both with ease, so will not be too fazed being a runner-up here in 2014.

You can still back Snakebite at 3/1 (third-favourite) to reach the final again, though, and 11/10 to emerge from his quarter unscathed.


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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.