PDC World Darts Championship: Andy Hamilton and Robert Thornton in action on Saturday
Last Updated: 21/12/13 10:40pm
Andy Hamilton: reached final at Alexandra Palace two years ago
Fifth seed Andy Hamilton takes on former BDO world champion Richie Burnett in the first of three second-round matches in the PDC World Championship on Saturday evening.
Hamilton reached the final at Alexandra Palace in 2012, losing to fellow Stoke thrower Adrian Lewis, but faces a tough test against resurgent Welshman Burnett, whose Lakeside title came back in 1995.
Burnett, the 28th seed, rolled back the years on the opening night of the tournament, averaging 97.19 during a 3-1 win against Dean Winstanley.
Hamilton admitted he had not been at his best during a 3-1 success over Spanish qualifier Julio Barbero in the first round but Sky Bet still make him a 4/11 favourite to see off Burnett in best-of-seven sets.
The winner will face either 21st seed Ian White or Belgium's Kim Huybrechts in the last 16.
White and Huybrechts meet in the final match on Saturday, with the Englishman - who is another of the Stoke contingent at the top of the game along with Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Hamilton - looking to continue his impressive form.
Andy Hamilton v Richie Burnett
Robert Thornton v Beau Anderson
Kim Huybrechts v Ian White
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Despite a nine-darter from Kyle Anderson, White averaged 97.02 while coming from a set down to win 3-1 in his opener, dropping just two legs across the final three sets.
Huybrechts was just relieved to come through 'the hardest game I've ever played in my life' against older brother Ronny in the first round and is 4/9 favourite to beat White.
The other game on Saturday pits ninth seed Robert Thornton against Colin Lloyd's conqueror Beau Anderson.
Anderson edged out Lloyd 3-2 on his tournament debut but is 13/2 to repeat the trick against Thornton, who overcame a first-set blip to defeat 17-year-old German Max Hopp 3-1 - although finished with an average of just 86.86.