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King v Van Gerwen Mervyn King has a magnificent record against Michael van Gerwen and can put the Dutchman in his place once more. These former BDO rivals kick off the action on day 11 of the Ladbrokes World Championship and King holds all the aces.

The Englishman, who has won eight of his past nine meetings with Van Gerwen, is 8-15 to continue that sizzling sequence - you can back him at 4-7 with Victor Chandler to wind up with the better average, which doesn't always amount to the same thing but is definitely a punt to consider.

Both men are hugely capable scorers and nine maximums between them doesn't seem too tall an order.

Whitlock v Beaton Steve Beaton produced a horror show against Magnus Caris in round one before falling over the line but playing Simon Whitlock should bring out something close to the best in the Adonis.

Beaton averaged just under 82 in his 3-2 win against Caris but he can easily add ten points to that, especially as there will be far fewer scrappy legs courtesy of Whitlock's excellence.

The hobbling Aussie himself averaged 105-plus in round one and fully deserves to be a short price to cruise into the last 16.

Rand v Lloyd It's only Scott Rand's relative lack of experience that is making him as big as 4-6. Anyone else playing as well as Cool Hand would be 1-2 or shorter still and the lorry driver from Coventry looks a top punt at the price.

Jaws can still produce his moments - he looked slick enough coming from a set down to beat Darin Young - but consistency isn't his strong suit these days.

Rand, who didn't drop a leg against Andy Smith in his opener, looks born to appear on the big stage and it's no surprise that he's doing so well given his run past the likes of Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade to the last four of the Players Championship Finals earlier in the month.

Anderson v Peterson Gary Anderson survived a huge scare in the first round but he should now get stronger as the tournament goes on.

The Scot has a history of early exits from major televised competitions and he was taken to the brink once again by Jyhan Artut.

But Devon Peterson simply lacks the scoring power to worry Anderson who, even allowing for the missed double, should still have sufficient time at the end of most legs to win hands and heels.

Anderson may well bolt up but the 13-8 about a 4-0 whitewash is short enough.

Lewis v Jones Having pinned our colours to the Lewis mast at the offset we're not going to desert the reigning champion, even after a couple of patchy efforts.

Wayne Jones is not the worst bet at 7-2 while he's of more interest at 4-5 with Paddy Power to hit five or more 180s.

He has become far more consistent with his third dart - an arrer that invariably used to fall short - and he popped in four during his first-round whitewash of Roland Scholten.

Pipe v Jenkins Terry Jenkins produced an inand-out performance against Co Stompe and admitted to wilting in the heat.

That's not going to help his case against Justin Pipe, the slowest man on the oche who will ensure Bully stays on stage for as long as possible.

Pipe, who has had a stunning 2011, is supremely confident and has both the game and stamina to inflict defeat on Jenkins. Steve Davies


Scotland's Gary Anderson Mervyn King is aiming to maintain his magnificent run against opponent Michael van Gerwen in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship today
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2011
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