Terry Jenkins vs Joe Cullen – Rising star may prove a problem
Terry Jenkins hopes that it will finally be his time in the limelight as he gets ready to begin his latest challenge against rising star Joe Cullen in the opening round of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.
Jenkins has been a beaten finalist in seven televised PDC finals and is a lively 50/1 chance in the darts betting to be crowned world champion for the first time.
He has been putting in the extra practice ahead of his trip to Alexandra Palace and knows he will need to be close to his best if he wants to see off 20-year-old qualifier Cullen, who has been tipped for a bright future in the sport.
Jenkins is understandably the 1/5 favourite to beat Cullen and could benefit from taking things easy for a few months to recharge his batteries.
Cullen has received the backing of legendary commentator Sid Waddell as an outside prospect and he is 10/3 to beat Jenkins.
The youngster has the talent to push Jenkins close and there a it could be worth backing Jenkins to win 3-2 in the set betting market at 10/3.
Meanwhile, the day’s preliminary round encounter sees Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell goes up against Kiwi Preston Ridd with the winner earning the right to face Vincent Van Der Voort.
Mansell is making his Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship debut this year but is likely to have too much for his New Zealand opponent and is is valued at 1/2 to reach the first round proper.
Ridd is 6/4 to progress to take on Van Der Voort, with the Dutchman likely to be a class above either of the preliminary round competitors.
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