Fans favourite Raymond van Barneveld should have no problems reaching the second round of the PDC World Championship Darts when he takes on James Richardson at Alexandra Palace.
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Dutchman Van Barneveld, who is universally known as Barney, should have too much skill, class and experience to crash out at the first attempt.
Barney has won the BDO version of the World Championship Darts on four occasions in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005, while he also won the PDC event in 2007.
His opponent, Richardson, who is known as Ruthless only joined the PDC in 2011 and is ranked 88th. His only memorable achievement of his PDC career to date was reaching the last 160 at the UK Open this year, so Barney shouldn’t have that much to worry about.
Barney, who is ranked eighth in the world, is the firm favourite at 1/10 with Bet365, while Richardson is a rank outsider to reach round two at 6/1.
PDC World Championship Darts:
Sunday December 18
7.10pm Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
8.15pm Connie Finnan v Warren French (P)
9.00pm Mark Dudbridge v Dave Chisnall
10.00pm Raymond van Barneveld v James Richardson
11.00pm Mark Walsh v Finnan/French