James Wade vs Steve Beaton - 19:10

As the third round of action at the PDC World Championship gets underway at Alexandra Palace, the 'Machine', James Wade takes on Steve Beaton, who's making his 29th consecutive appearance at a World Championship.

Wade defeated Ritchie Edhouse in straight sets on Wednesday evening to secure his place in round three. It was in the end, a comfortable victory, although two of the sets went to deciding legs.

Wade’s expert finishing proved to be the decisive factor against Edhouse as he only missed five darts at a double during the encounter - resulting in a checkout percentage of 64.29%.

The Machine has an excellent record against Beaton - winning 20 of their 23 previous meetings. This includes three victories – all in the last 32 at the PDC World Championship – the most recent of which was three years ago, with Wade winning 4-1 on that occasion.

As for Steve Beaton, the 'Bronzed Adonis' fired in seven 180s and produced a 170 finish in his 3-1 victory against Australia’s Kyle Anderson in their second-round meeting on Thursday afternoon.

During Beaton's win over Anderson, the tie looked set to go into a deciding set, but the Australian number two missed three set darts to level up at 2-2, offering Beaton the chance to claim victory in four sets.

Beaton has lost each of his last nine matches in the last 32 at the PDC World Championship, and a win here would put him into the last 16 for the first time since the 2003-04 World Championship.

The most appealing market here is the 180's category, with over 8.5 maximums available at 4/5.

Over 8.5 180s - 1pt @ 4/5

Kim Huybrechts vs Danny Noppert - 20:15

As Sunday evening's action progresses, we're treated to another mouth-watering third round clash as Belgium's Kim Huybrechts takes on former BDO World Championship finalist and PDC ranking title winner, Danny Noppert.

Huybrechts has thrown this section of the draw wide open with his eye-opening 3-0 victory against the number two seed, Rob Cross in the previous round. It was a victory that saw the Belgian drop only two legs against the former- world champion.

The 'Hurricane' averaged 89.44 in the win, similarly to the one he posted in his opening round win over Geert Nentjes. The main strength for Huybrechts in his triumph over Cross was his ability on the outer ring, with 52.94% success on the doubles.

A win for Huybrechts would see him move into the last 16 in a major ranking event for the first time since July 2018 - and it would be the first time he's won three matches at the World Championship since his debut in 2012.

As for Noppert, the Dutchman had to come from behind to see off debutant, Callan Rydz in his World Championship opener. Rydz had led 2-1 only for Noppert to win six of the next seven legs to earn his place into the last 32.

'Noppie' averaged 92.85, alongside a checkout percentage of 43% in overcoming Rydz. It was the first time that the Dutchman has been involved in a last-set decider at a World Championship.

As far as previous meetings go, all three of the previous meetings between Noppert and Huybrechts have come in 2019, with Noppert winning each of the last two. Sunday's tie is their first encounter televised major.

As far as their maximum-hitting potential goes, the pair fired in six maximums between them in their respected second-round ties, but I expect a barrage of maximums to be struck in this one.

Over 5.5 Huybrechts 180s - 1pt @ 19/20

Michael van Gerwen vs Ricky Evans - 21:30

Rounding off Sunday's action at the Ally Pally, the reigning workd champion and world no.1, Michael van Gerwen returns to the big stage as he takes on the charismatic Kettering-based thrower, Ricky Evans.

This tungsten tie will be franetic, high-quality and create elements of humour, especially from an Evans standpoint.

The reigning three-time world champion has had to endure a lengthy wait for his third-round encounter at the 2019-20 World Championship, having started his campaign with a 3-1 win against Jelle Klassen on the opening night.

It most certainly wasn’t a vintage Van Gerwen performance against Klaasen - completing the win with an average of 96.28 – that being his lowest match average at the PDC World Championship since December 2013.

His victory over Klassen means he's emerged victorious in 17 of his last 18 matches at Alexandra Palace – which includes each of the last seven.

As for Evans, the Northamptonshire ace ended a three-match losing streak at the PDC World Championship when he defeated former BDO World finalist Mark McGeeney 3-1 in his previous match

Evans produced an impeccable display of finishing in overcoming Stockport-based McGeeney, ending the tie with a checkout percentage of 55% - which included a scintillating 170 finish in the final leg of the tungsten toss-up.

All but one of the previous nine meetings between Van Gerwen and Evans have been won by the Dutchman – the most recent of which was at the Austrian Darts Championship in September when the green machine saw off Evans 6-0, posting an average of over 106.

As we all know, an on-song Michael van Gerwen produces 180's as offen as anyone in world darts, and the this particular tie will offer maximums in abundance.

Over 10.5 180s - 1pt @ 11/10