PDC World Cup of Darts – Day One Preview

The PDC World Cup of Darts starts this evening and to kick off the tournament I have drafted a preview of the first days play.

Hope you enjoy!

Spain (12) (Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas)
vs
Norway (Robert Wagner & Vegard Elvevoll)

Best Previous Tournament
Spain – Semi-final (2010)
Norway – Last 32 (2014)

First Round Record
Spain
2010 – W 6-3 vs Japan
2012 – L 2-5 vs South Africa
2013 – W 5-3 vs Italy
2014 – W 5-3 vs New Zealand

Norway
2014 – L 2-5 vs Hong Kong

Summary
Reyes replaces Rodriguez as the partner to Alcinas, Rodriguez and Alcinas had a good chemistry but Reyes is an upgrade on quality as was shown during the World Championships and he has also had some good wins on tour this year.
Wagner is the key man for Norway, he is very experienced having reached a BDO World Masters semi-final and BDO World Championship quarter-final.
Spain do have the edge in quality and I would expect them to progress but if Wagner scores well Norway could push Spain close.

Japan (16) (Haruki Muramatsu & Morihiro Hashimoto)
vs
China (Jun Chen & Xuejie Huang)

Best Previous Tournament
Japan – Quarter-final (2013)
China – Last 32 (2014)

First Match Record
Japan
2010 – L 3-6 vs Spain
2012 – L 2-5 vs Sweden
2013 – W 5-4 vs Austria
2014 – W 5-4 vs Canada

China
2014 – L 2-5 vs Austria

Summary
The Japanese pairing have both played in the PDC World Championships so have good experience of the stage environment and have looked capable performers. Not much is known about the Chinese team, they will enter the match very much as underdogs and I think the Japan team will have too much ability to avoid an upset.

Austria (8) (Mensur Suljovic & Rowby John Rodriguez)
vs
Czech Republic (Michal Kocik & Pavel Jirkal)

Best Previous Tournament
Austria – Quarter-final (2010)
Czech Republic – 1st Appearance

First Match Record
Austria
2010 – W 6-4 vs Denmark
2012 – W 5-2 vs New Zealand
2013 – L 4-5 vs Japan
2014 – W 5-2 vs China

Czech Republic
NA

Summary
This is a dangerous Austrian team led by Mensur Suljovic who is a proven performer on the PDC circuit, his partner Rowby-John Rodriguez has not had a great season but has a lot of potential. The Czechs have played various BDO and some PDC tournament without too many standout moments though Kocik interestingly won the Austrian Open in 2011 a field that contained Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Austria have a team capable of giving any opponents some shaky moments, I wouldn’t expect them to slip up in this game and they should progress.

Gibraltar (13) (Dyson Parody & Manuel Vilerio)
vs
Italy (Daniele Petri & Marco Brentegani)

Best Previous Tournament
Gibraltar – Last 32
Italy – Last 32

First Match Record
Gibraltar
2010 – L 4-6 vs Russia
2012 – L 4-5 vs Denmark
2013 – L 2-5 vs Poland
2014 – L 2-5 vs Sweden

Italy
2013 – L 3-5 vs Spain
2014 – L 2-5 vs Netherlands

Summary
Neither team has won a World Cup match yet so this will be seen as a great chance to progress to the next round by both nations. Dyson Parody from Gibraltar is the most experienced player of the four and this will make Gibraltar favourites. I think this has the chance to go to a last leg decider and if I was betting on this match I would see more value on the Italians I suspect.

Belgium (5) (Kim Huybrechts &Ronny Huybrechts)
vs
Philippines (Lourence Ilagan & Gilbert Ulang)

Best Previous Tournament
Belgium – Final (2013)
Philippines – Last 32

First Match Record
Belgium
2010 – W 6-2 vs Finland
2012 – W 3-1 vs Sweden
2013 – W 5-0 vs Hungary
2014 – W 5-0 vs India

Philippines
2012 – L 3-5 vs USA

Summary
Belgium represented by the Huybrechts brothers will again be expected to have a good run in the tournament. Ronny hasn’t hit the form of previous seasons, though he should raise his game playing alongside brother Kim. Lourence Ilagan is usually a soft tip player and has tasted a lot of success in competitions and he will be the main man for the Philippines. I wouldn’t foresee Belgium exiting the tournament at this stage.

England (1) (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis)
vs
Denmark (Per Laursen & Per Skau)

Best Previous Tournament
England – Winners (2012, 2013)
Denmark – Last 16 (2012)

First Match Record
England
2010 – L 5-6 vs Spain
2012 – D 2-2 vs Canada(Eng won on sudden death leg)
2013 – W 5-0 vs Japan
2014 – W 5-0 vs Thailand

Denmark
2010 – L 4-6 vs Austria
2012 – W 5-4 vs Gibraltar
2013 – W 5-4 vs South Africa
2014 – L 2-5 vs Australia

Summary
England open their campaign against a very experienced Danish pairing, both Lauren and Skau have been around on the darts circuit for a number of years and have the capability to push England a little. England should progress, but a good early start for the Danes might at lease create a good match.

Germany (9) (Jyhan Artut & Max Hopp)
vs
India (Ashfaque Sayed & Nitin Kumar)

Best Previous Tournament
Germany – Quarter-final (2013)
India – Last 32

First Match Record
Germany
2010 – L 2-6 vs Netherlands
2012 – L 1-3 vs USA
2013 – W 5-3 vs Finland
2014 – L 3-5 vs South Africa

India
2014 – L 0-5 vs Belgium

Summary
Hosts Germany will hope to be inspired by young gun Max Hopp and have a good run in the World Cup. Hopp has shown what good potential he has and he will surely be lifted even more by the crowd. Although his partner Artut is not showing good form on the tour he should play his part in making sure the Germans ease through to the next round.

Australia (4) (Simon Whitlock & Paul Nicholson)
vs
Russia (Roman Obukhov & Aleksei Kadochnikov)

Best Previous Tournament
Australia – Final (2012)
Russia – Last 16 (2010)

First Match Record
Australia
2010 – W 6-5 vs Ireland
2012 – W 4-0 vs Ireland
2013 – W 5-1 vs Croatia
2014 – W 5-2 vs Denmark

Russia
2010 – W 6-4 vs Gibraltar
2014 – L 1-5 vs Scotland

Summary
Losing finalists in 2012 Australia have two players who haven’t shown the form this year that made them a force in that tournament, they will be pleased with their draw as the Russians are likely to be too inexperienced on the big stage to trouble them. Australia should win this comfortably but they can’t afford a slow start.

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