World Darts Championship odds and free bets: Thursday 27 December

Darts fans heading to Alexandra Palace on Thursday are set for a treat, with half a dozen third round matches taking place in the afternoon and evening

Phil Taylor and Andy Hamilton have booked their places in the quarter final of the World Championship, although there are six quarter final spots up for grabs and there are some cracking matches which are sure to excite those at the venue.

The highlight match of Thursday is the clash between Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson, with Barney having won the BDO World Championship on three occasions before claiming the PDC equivalent in 2005.

Since then, Van Barneveld has had a mixture of highs and lows, although the Dutchman appears to be enjoying his darts and you can get 4/6 (bet365 £200 free bets) that he beats a player that scored 19 180’s in his last match.

Anderson had a hair-raising second round match against John Bowles where the qualifier had three chances to eliminate the Flying Scotsman although the number four seed eventually managed to progress and will now look to outscore his opponent. He can be backed at 13/10 (William Hill) to claim that last eight spot.

Adrian Lewis will be hoping to join fellow Stokies Taylor and Hamilton in the quarter finals and he will be on last for his toughest match of the tournament to date. Jackpot is an 8/15 chance with sponsors Ladbrokes to win the game and potentially line up a quarter final against Michael van Gerwen.

Mighty Mike has been taking the darts world by storm in the past few months and the Dutchman’s odds on winning a first world title have tumbled from 50/1 to 3/1, with the entertaining youngster having come from 2-0 down to beat Peter Wright 4-2 in his last match.

MVG averaged over 102 in that particular match although hitting doubles continues to be an Achilles heel, with Colin Lloyd looking to spring an upset and Blue Square go 1/7 about the Dutchman compared to the 9/2 about the man known as Jaws.

Earlier in the day, Wes Newton, Simon Whitlock and James Wade will all be looking to reach the last eight of the competition, with Newton and Wade on a potential collision course, while Whitlock has a tough match when he plays Dave Chisnall.

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