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PDC World Darts Championship Tips - Day 1 Predictions and a 6/1 Accumulator

  • We preview the opening day's action at the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Defending champion Peter Wright headlines the action on day one
  • Steve Beaten will appear in his 30th World Championships in a row
  • We take a closer look at the three first-round matches and provide our top tips
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Peter Wright headlines the action on day one of the PDC World Darts Championship. (Getty)

Another thrilling PDC World Darts Championships kicks off on Tuesday, and a small, select crowd of 1000 spectators are sure to make their presence felt inside Alexandra Palace.

As is tradition, defending World Champion, Peter Wright will close the card on day one, and "Snakebite" will face the winner of the opening first-round match between Steve West and Amit Gilitwala. Read our full ante-post preview of the 2021 World Darts Championships to see how far we think Peter Wright will get in this year's tournament.

Here are our betting tips and predictions for Day One of the PDC World Darts Championship, including a tempting first-round treble!

PDC World Darts Championship - Day One Schedule


Time (UK)
Round
Player 1

Player 2
6:10pm 1 Steve West vs Amit Gilitwala
7:00pm 1 Steve Beaton vs Diogo Portela
7:45pm 1 Jeff Smith vs Keane Barry
8:30pm 2 Peter Wright vs Winner of Game 1

PDC World Darts Championship Tips - Day One Treble



Steve West vs Amit Gilitwala


STEVE WEST enjoyed a strong run to the third round at the World Championships in 2018, beating Benito Van De Pas and Jermaine Wattimena in convincing fashion, before losing 4-2 to Gary Anderson. In 2019, West lost to Devon Peterson in the third round, and went down to Ryan Searle early 12 months ago.

His opponent is little-known India qualifier, Amit Gilitwala. Gilitwala played for India in the 2014 World Cup of Darts, and attempted to win a tour card on the PDC in 2018, but failed to make it past the Last 64 stage in any of the tournaments he played. As the odds suggest, this should be a fairly easy task for Steve West.

Steve Beaton vs Diogo Portela


Steve Beaten will appear in his 30th consecutive World Darts Championship this year, breaking the great Phil Taylor's record. The 1996 BDO World Champion got through to round four last year, beating Kyle Anderson and James Wade along the way. The "Bronzed Adonis" has, however, drifted down the rankings markedly this year, and it's worth taking a chance on DIOGO PORTELA winning his first match on the Ally Pally stage.

On his World Championships debut in 2018, the Brazilian took a set off Peter Wright during a 3-1 loss in the first round. Portela then lost a very close game to Ron Meulenkamp the following year, but was beaten comfortably by Josh Payne in the first round 12 months ago. 

Portela has been prone to nerves in the past, so the small crowd this year could give the Brazilian a boost. He's averaged over 90 in all of his previous matches in the World Championships, and that might be enough to send an out-of-form Steve Beaton packing.

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Diogo Portela has the ability to cause a first-round shock against Steve Beaton on Tuesday. (Getty)

Jeff Smith vs Keane Barry


I'm expecting this to be the most exciting match on night one of the PDC World Darts Championships. While it's hard to split the pair, I'm going to side with the more experienced JEFF SMITH to just come out on top.

Keane Barry won the BDO World Youth Championship earlier this year, beating the talented Leighton Bennett in the final. Barry lost to Vincent Van Der Voort on his World Champs debut last year, but both of the first two sets went to a deciding leg, and Barry threw a solid average of 92.

2016 BDO runner-up, Jeff Smith failed to get through the North American qualifiers last season. The 45-year-old Canadian has been in much better form this year, and even got to the final of a PDC Pro Tour event for the first time in February, beating Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright before an 8-4 defeat to Gary Anderson. 

Smith has won on this stage before, defeating Luke Humphries in the opening round in 2018, and I think he may have the edge in what's sure to be a tight first-round encounter.

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