The second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship concludes on Saturday and our guide includes the order of play, match-by-match previews and predictions.

The eyes of the sporting world will be firmly fixed on history maker Fallon Sherrock tonight as she continues her accent to stardom against Mensur Suljovic.

As ever I’ve previewed all eight games across both sessions, with the predicted scorelines entered into the¬†free-to-play Fantasy Darts game. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still plenty of games to catch up but you’ll need plent of correct scores to do so!

World Darts Championship: Saturday December 21

AFTERNOON SESSION

  • TV Coverage:¬†Sky Sports (1230 GMT)
  • Second round games:¬†Best of 5 sets
  • Full World Championship draw & schedule

Keegan Brown () v Seigo Asada ()

Head-to-head: 0-0
2019 Meetings: 0-0
PDC Titles this season: 0-0
PDC World Champ appearances: 4-3

Seigo Asada joked that he’d moved one step closer to a revenge mission against James Wade after his supremely clinical 3-0 victory over Mickey Mansell.

Such an unlikely meeting won’t happen until the final given they’re in opposite halves of the draw but Asada is hoping to earn a Tour Card at Q School in January so we could see the pair collide at some point next season.

The Japanese star hit nine of his 13 attempts at doubles last time out but on Saturday he comes up against a player who’s enjoyed a far better season than Mansell, who averaged just 80.

Keegan Brown has climbed into the top 32 on the PDC Order of Merit after consistently going deep in tournaments this season, especially on the European Tour where he’s made two semi-finals and beaten both MVG and Gerwen Price.

The 27-year-old reached the last 16 here 12 months ago despite the emotional strain of his wife being in hospital at the time, so he’ll be looking to at least match that run.

Prediction: 3-2

Simon Whitlock () v Harry Ward ()

Head-to-head: 1-1
2019 Meetings: 1-1
PDC Titles this season: 0-0
PDC World Champ appearances: 11-0

If Simon Whitlock had watched any of Harry Ward’s clash with Madars Razma, he wouldn’t have cared who’d gone through on based on that evidence alone.

The pair both averaged in the low 80s but we should now expect a much improved performance from Ward now that he’s got his nervy debut out of the way.

The 21-year-old, who earned his PDC Tour Card back in January at UK Qualifying School before claiming his maiden Players Championship title in May, can take at least a set of the experienced Aussie.

Whitlock recently reiterated his disappointment to be left out of the 2019 Premier League despite being in the top 10 at the time, so now he’s dropped down to 14th, he’ll need to lift the world title to get an invite.

The 50-year-old was shocked by debutant Ryan Joyce 12 months ago and since then has only enjoyed a smattering of runs to the quarter-finals or better of tournaments.

Whitlock is still a top operator on his day and he’ll know he can ill afford to be complacent on this stage again.

Prediction: 3-1

Steve West () v Ryan Searle ()

Head-to-head: 3-2
2019 Meetings: 1-2
PDC Titles this season: 0-0
PDC World Champ appearances: 3-1

This is one of those impossibly tough matches to call between two players whose prize money for just being in this round already dwarf their other pay days this season.

Steve West, the 28th seed, has only featured in two televised tournaments this season – the UK Open and Players Championship Finals – and has not been beyond the last 64 in any of them, while Searle hasn’t really built on his run to the last 16 here 12 months ago.

West did at least beat Searle 10-4 in the UK Open although that was way back in March so it’s hard to put too much emphasis on that.

The Somerset thrower survived a match dart against Robbie Green in his opening game, in which he also made a 170 checkout, and that could give him the edge if this one goes the distance.

Prediction: 2-3

Adrian Lewis () v Cristo Reyes ()

Head-to-head: 4-0
2019 Meetings: 1-0
PDC Titles this season: 1-0
PDC World Champ appearances: 14-5

Anyone who read¬†Paul Nicholson’s pre-tournament preview for Sporting Life¬†– or listened to the Podcast – will know some strong reasons why a resurgent Adrian Lewis could reinvigorate his career here.

Jackpot, who did end his two-year wait for a title in a Players Championship event back in March, showed so much passion during his recent run at the Grand Slam of Darts, where he beat James Wade in an epic encounter before giving Michael van Gerwen a test in the quarter-final.

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Lewis perhaps showed too much passion in a fiery clash with Josh Payne in the Players Championship Finals but he’s certainly a man on a mission to rekindle former glories.

This could be a spicy one against Cristo Reyes, who came through a bad-tempered first-round clash with Laurence Ilagan that had everything except consistent quality.

The Spaniard has generally struggled to show his best form in 2019 apart from reaching a couple of quarter-finals on the Pro Tour in September and October so it wasn’t a great surprise to see him only average in the mid 80s and pushed to the wire.

Reyes won the last five legs of that match but none were by fewer than 17 darts so Lewis shouldn’t really have much to fear.

Prediction: 3-1

EVENING SESSION

  • TV Coverage:¬†Sky Sports (1900 GMT)
  • Second round games:¬†Best of 5 sets
  • Full World Championship draw & schedule

Daryl Gurney () v Justin Pipe ()

Head-to-head: 2-2
2019 Meetings: 1-0
PDC Titles this season: 2-0
PDC World Champ appearances: 6-8

Daryl Gurney seems to be off the radar in many people’s thinking – and not just because he’s been waiting in the wings so long to play – so this is his chance to start moving back onto it.

Judgement is clouded over the Northern Irishman after he lost his grip on the Players Championship Finals title in the very first round, but Luke Woodhouse has since proved that wasn’t as big an upset as first thought.

Indeed, Gurney kind of predicted it in a Sporting Life feature just a few weeks before it.

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Apart from that he’s actually a had a much better season then many of the big names, winning two titles, including one on the European Tour, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League, World Matchplay and the European Championship.

He should really have made the Blackpool final, only for Rob Cross to pull off one of the finest comebacks in major darts history

Gurney won’t take Justin Pipe lightly because although the Somerset man was pushed to the wire by the virtual unknown Benjamin Pratnemer, he did average 92.26 on an emotional Ally Pally return.

I’m going for the sixth seed in this one, but the slow throwing Pipe should be expected to pick up at least a set.

Prediction: 3-1

Glen Durrant () v Damon Heta ()

Head-to-head: 0-0
2019 Meetings: 0-0
PDC Titles this season: 2-1
PDC World Champ appearances: 0-0

The last stop of Glen Durrant’s fairytale debut season with the PDC brings him to the Alexandra Palace but he can ill afford to soak up the moment with such a tough opening test to prepare for.

After scraping through Q School under immense scrutiny,¬†which he reflects upon in an interview with Sporting Life about his 2019, the three-time BDO World Champion went on to destroy any myth that he wouldn’t be good enough for the PDC by reaching a¬†final¬†in his just second ever Pro Tour event, losing to Dave Chisnall in a deciding leg no less, before clinching his¬†maiden title¬†in his fourth.

Durrant continued to soar up rankings and even thrashed Michael van Gerwen 7-2 in a Players Championship semi-final before backing it up with his second title.

Their paths would meet again on one of the grandest stages of all at the Winter Gardens just two months later in an unforgettable second-round clash at the World Matchplay, which Durrant won en route to the semi-finals.

He‚Äôd get his revenge on Michael Smith for that defeat in the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts to reach his third televised semi-final of a sensational season ‚Äď having also done so at the¬†World Grand Prix¬†‚Äď so all he needs now is a major title.

Can he do it on the biggest stage of all?

In Paul Nicholson’s aforementioned column, the star pundit believes a tough draw could be to Duzza’s favour, forcing him to find his top gears early on.

Damon Heta is clearly a dangerous threat having won that Brisbane Darts Masters title by beating James Wade, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Rob Cross while he also showed no signs of nerves when brushing Jose de Sousa aside 3-0 on his Ally Pally debut.

Prediction: 3-1