Darts: Day 9 tips and free bets with Raymond van Barneveld in action

THURSDAY sees day nine of the PDC World Darts Championship at Ally Pally.

SunSport are on hand with our tips and a handful free bets for the action which sees Raymond van Barneveld.

Raymond van Barneveld takes on Rob Cross on Thursday evening

Raymond van Barneveld takes on Rob Cross on Thursday evening

Darts: Day 9 treble

  • Soutar to win @ 11/10
  • Lowe +1.5 Handicap @ 6/5
  • Cross v RVB Over 4.5 Sets @ 15/8

Pays out: 12.28/1

Mensur Suljovic v Alan Soutar – 14:30

We haven’t seen many seeds bite the dust in their opening game but I feel that Alan Soutar has a better chance than most to cause the mild upset. I championed him in his previous game and despite an average performance, he had enough to get past a tricky Diogo Portela.

Suljovic’s record is horrendous for a man of his previous quality. He’s never gone past the third round on 13 previous attempts, and with just one TV quarter-final this year as a singles player, there isn’t much form to rely on either. Take the Scotsman outright to progress.

  • 1pt – Soutar to win @ 11/10

Jose De Sousa v Jason Lowe – 15:30

De Sousa is rightly being regarded as one of the stronger ‘Dark Horse’ selections in the field (especially with Dimitri van den Bergh being knocked out), but Jason Lowe will be a very tough opponent. We’ve seen the Portuguese star struggle against someone with a slower pace, and Lowe throws very deliberately which might affect De Sousa’s rhythm.

The Englishman averaged well over 100 in the final set of his first round win and has previous form on this stage, beating Michael Smith last year. He’s a great price to win in my opinion but I just think De Sousa’s power scoring will be enough to squeak through. As it is, I’ll take Lowe on the +1.5 handicap, meaning he needs to win two sets for the bet to land.

  • 1pt – Lowe +1.5 Handicap @ 6/5

Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld – 21:00

This is surely the tie of the second round on paper. Two former World Champions go at it and if Barney can show the form he did in his first round match, he will push Cross all the way.

You’d think that these two would have met more than just eight times previously but this fixture doesn’t have a rich history. Which is perhaps good for the Dutchman; as he’s never beaten Cross in any of those previous matches. Having said that, this stage (usually) brings out the best in Van Barneveld and I expect absolute fireworks. I see this going to a last set shootout, with Cross ultimately getting over the line.

  • 1pt – Over 4.5 Sets @ 15/8
  • 1pt – Cross to win 3-2 @ 7/2


Soutar to win @ 11/10
Lowe +1.5 Handicap @ 6/5
Cross v RVB Over 4.5 Sets @ 15/8

Pays 12.28/1



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