Jelle Klaasen vs Kevin Burness - 19:15

World Championship opener to go the distance

As the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship begins, former World Champion Jelle Klaasen takes on Northern Ireland's Kevin Burness.

In terms of separating the pair statistically, both Klaasen and Burness have an identical seasonal average, with Klaasen providing high-scoring on a slightly more consistent basis.

The Dutchman hasn't had a great year on-tour, but his recent form suggests that a win could be on the cards here. As for Burness, who makes his second consecutive appearance at Alexandra Palace - he himself is in some commendable form.

Burness produced a string of high-quality performances to seal qualification for the World Championship and he'll definitely fancy his chances.

In their most recent meeting, Klaasen ran out a 6-0 winner at a Players Championship event in Barnsley back in April.

After digesting all the statistics and current form, this match could have sets in it.

Over 4.5 Sets - 1pt @ 28/13

Kim Huybrechts vs Geert Nentjes - 20:15

Huybrechts to score big

The second match of the tournament sees Belgium's Kim Huybrechts take on young Dutch debutant Geert Nentjes.

It's been quite an inconsistent year for Huybrechts, but the Belgian's big-stage experience will play a major part in terms of who advances to round two.

This game most definitely has 180s in it - with Huybrechts firing in the majority of them. In terms of 180-hitting on-tour, both players have a similar strike rate in producing maximums.

The Belgian's experience in major televised events and previous runs at Alexandra Palace could be the difference.

Kim Huybrechts Most 180s - 1pt @ 4/5

Luke Humphries vs Devon Petersen - 21:15

World Youth Champion to lay down a marker

Newly-crowned World Youth champion Luke Humphries will be looking to improve on his heroic run 12 months ago as he faces South Africa's Devon Petersen.

Humphries reached the last eight at Alexandra Palace just over a year ago, and since winning the PDC World Youth Championship back in November, it's given the Berkshire ace a new-found level of confidence.

As for Petersen, the World Championship 12 months ago really saved his career as a run to the last 16 rescued his year and kept him on the PDC tour.

Berkshire's Humphries' performances on TV this year suggest that he'll take it to Petersen, who's struggled to replicate the form that he produced during last year's run.

Humphries has the game, the form and the desire to book his place in round two.

Luke Humphries To Win - 1pt @ 4/6