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World Cup of Darts starts tomorrow morning at 3:00am AEST. The 67 year old ‘Singapore Slinger’ Paul Lim makes his return and the Australian team of Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta are also in action tomorrow.

A bet which might be of interest is for Canada to win their Quarter @$13.00 and they have nice odds for their opening match against Germany @ $2.54.

Plenty of darts journalists and commentators have tipped them as the dark horse of the tournament.
https://weeklydartscast.com/2021/09...ts-2021-darts-experts-make-their-predictions/

Who will be the team to watch?
Chris Murphy:
There are loads of seemingly unbalanced teams in terms of gulf in experience and ranking between teammates so there will be some very intriguing pairings. In terms of a ‘dark horse’ though, I’d keep a beady eye on Canada.
Christopher Kempf: Team to watch is Canada, they are fielding the strongest team overall in their history in the competition but will have to endure some very vocal, partisan opposition from the crowd to win their first match.
Jay Shaw: I think Canada are massively underestimated coming into this. The bookies have them as big as 150/1 which seems staggering when you consider they’re in the opposite half of the draw to Wales and the Netherlands. Jeff Smith is ultra-consistent in all aspects of his game and Matt Campbell is coming into it having dominated the European Challenge Tour to earn his tour card. They made the quarter-finals last year and were just edged out by Belgium, but I have a feeling they could go even further this time around.
Andrew Sinclair: There are a couple of potential dark horses in the draw but the team to watch for me are Canada. We all know what Jeff Smith can do, while Matt Campbell will be buzzing after claiming the European Challenge Tour title last weekend. If they beat Germany in the opening round, they could go very deep indeed. Outside the teams, there are a couple of players I always enjoy watching – the ageless Paul Lim and the affable John Henderson.
Dylan Williams (Darts Cymru): I’ll be keeping tabs on the Canadians who will no doubt look to build on their quarter final finish last year. Matt Campbell will be brimming with confidence having topped the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit and on his day Jeff Smith can compete with the elite – which makes them a formidable pairing. The Germans will not be relishing coming up against them in the first round.

Which seeds are most in danger of going out in the first round?
Dan Dawson:
I genuinely only see one seeded team failing to win in round one: I think Germany will go out to Canada.
Chris Murphy: I think Germany could be in trouble against Canada.
FDI: Germany has a 44.1% chance of being eliminated in round one. The next seed to be most in danger is Belgium at 23.6% (v Croatia).
Christopher Kempf: I don’t think any of the seeds – apart from Germany – are terribly vulnerable to a first-round exit.
Jay Shaw: For the reasons I mentioned above, Germany are going to have it very tough against Canada and have the added pressure of being the host nation. Max Hopp is in no form whatsoever of late and Gabriel Clemens has just gone off the boil a bit over the past few months, so both will need to raise their game. Germany aside, I don’t envisage too many problems for any of the other seeds.
Andrew Sinclair: Based on my answer to the previous question, it’s got to be the German duo of Clemens and Hopp. Canada will prove a real challenge but I think the other seven seeded teams should progress to the last 16 without too many issues.
Dylan Williams (Darts Cymru): It has to be eighth seeds Germany against Canada. I can’t see anybody else being seriously tested.
Pim Huberts: Germany is the most in danger to go out in the first round. Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp have had better times in their career, while Matt Campbell’s confidence is prime high by winning the Challenge Tour. Australia should be careful as well not to be surprised by a strong Italian team.
Merel (Asian Darts): Germany and Northern Ireland.
Bryn Jones (Darts Class): Germany – I really can’t see any of the other seeded teams having any first round issues. It might be a short format, but the gulf in class should be far too much for any of the other unseeded opponents to overcome.
 

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World Cup of Darts starts tomorrow morning at 3:00am AEST. The 67 year old ‘Singapore Slinger’ Paul Lim makes his return and the Australian team of Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta are also in action tomorrow.

A bet which might be of interest is for Canada to win their Quarter @$13.00 and they have nice odds for their opening match against Germany @ $2.54.

Plenty of darts journalists and commentators have tipped them as the dark horse of the tournament.
https://weeklydartscast.com/2021/09...ts-2021-darts-experts-make-their-predictions/

Who will be the team to watch?
Chris Murphy:
There are loads of seemingly unbalanced teams in terms of gulf in experience and ranking between teammates so there will be some very intriguing pairings. In terms of a ‘dark horse’ though, I’d keep a beady eye on Canada.
Christopher Kempf: Team to watch is Canada, they are fielding the strongest team overall in their history in the competition but will have to endure some very vocal, partisan opposition from the crowd to win their first match.
Jay Shaw: I think Canada are massively underestimated coming into this. The bookies have them as big as 150/1 which seems staggering when you consider they’re in the opposite half of the draw to Wales and the Netherlands. Jeff Smith is ultra-consistent in all aspects of his game and Matt Campbell is coming into it having dominated the European Challenge Tour to earn his tour card. They made the quarter-finals last year and were just edged out by Belgium, but I have a feeling they could go even further this time around.
Andrew Sinclair: There are a couple of potential dark horses in the draw but the team to watch for me are Canada. We all know what Jeff Smith can do, while Matt Campbell will be buzzing after claiming the European Challenge Tour title last weekend. If they beat Germany in the opening round, they could go very deep indeed. Outside the teams, there are a couple of players I always enjoy watching – the ageless Paul Lim and the affable John Henderson.
Dylan Williams (Darts Cymru): I’ll be keeping tabs on the Canadians who will no doubt look to build on their quarter final finish last year. Matt Campbell will be brimming with confidence having topped the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit and on his day Jeff Smith can compete with the elite – which makes them a formidable pairing. The Germans will not be relishing coming up against them in the first round.

Which seeds are most in danger of going out in the first round?
Dan Dawson:
I genuinely only see one seeded team failing to win in round one: I think Germany will go out to Canada.
Chris Murphy: I think Germany could be in trouble against Canada.
FDI: Germany has a 44.1% chance of being eliminated in round one. The next seed to be most in danger is Belgium at 23.6% (v Croatia).
Christopher Kempf: I don’t think any of the seeds – apart from Germany – are terribly vulnerable to a first-round exit.
Jay Shaw: For the reasons I mentioned above, Germany are going to have it very tough against Canada and have the added pressure of being the host nation. Max Hopp is in no form whatsoever of late and Gabriel Clemens has just gone off the boil a bit over the past few months, so both will need to raise their game. Germany aside, I don’t envisage too many problems for any of the other seeds.
Andrew Sinclair: Based on my answer to the previous question, it’s got to be the German duo of Clemens and Hopp. Canada will prove a real challenge but I think the other seven seeded teams should progress to the last 16 without too many issues.
Dylan Williams (Darts Cymru): It has to be eighth seeds Germany against Canada. I can’t see anybody else being seriously tested.
Pim Huberts: Germany is the most in danger to go out in the first round. Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp have had better times in their career, while Matt Campbell’s confidence is prime high by winning the Challenge Tour. Australia should be careful as well not to be surprised by a strong Italian team.
Merel (Asian Darts): Germany and Northern Ireland.
Bryn Jones (Darts Class): Germany – I really can’t see any of the other seeded teams having any first round issues. It might be a short format, but the gulf in class should be far too much for any of the other unseeded opponents to overcome.
First round exit for Canada after missing several crucial doubles in the very short format.

Tonight (11:00pm AEST) Australia face the reigning champions of the event, Wales, and will be keen to atone for their defeat at this stage of the tournament last year whilst honouring the recently deceased Kyle Anderson. Whitlock in superb form last night evident by wiring a 9 dart attempt.
 
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