PDC World Darts Championship: Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock in action

By Razwan Mirza - Tweet me: @RazMirza.   Last Updated: 27/12/13 11:45pm

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Raymond van Barneveld: five-time world champion takes on Mark Webster

Raymond van Barneveld: five-time world champion takes on Mark Webster

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Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock are the headline acts as the third round of the PDC World Championship gets under way on Friday after the tournament's Christmas break.

Justin Pipe kicks things off in the afternoon session at Alexandra Palace with the one remaining second-round match against South African Devon Petersen.

Englishman Pipe was untroubled by Arron Monk in the opening round, while Petersen produced a big upset against former BDO world champion Steve Beaton.

Pipe, the 11th seed who is renowned for his slow pace of play, heads into the contest as firm-favourite to set up a meeting with James Wade and Sky Bet make him 1/6 on to come through.

In the first of the last-16 clashes, England's Wes Newton and Scot Robert Thornton go head-to-head in what should be an intriguing battle between two heavyweights.

Two-time quarter-finalist Newton is 6/5 to reach the last eight again while Thornton, who whitewashed Beau Anderson 4-0 with a near 100 average, is a 4/6 shout to make it through.

Friday's games:

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Justin Pipe v Devon Petersen
Third Round
Wes Newton v Robert Thornton
Richie Burnett v Ian White
Evening Session (7pm)
Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Mark Webster v Raymond van Barneveld

Former BDO champion Richie Burnett squares off against Ian 'Diamond' White in the final game of the afternoon.

Welshman Burnett booked his place in the last 16 after claiming a shock 4-1 victory against world No 5 Andy Hamilton and is 6/5 to win this one.

Meanwhile, White, who edged out Kim Huybrechts in thrilling seven-setter in the last round is 4/6 to set up a meeting with either 2011 beaten finalist Simon Whitlock or 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter and they meet in the first match of the evening session.

Ruthless display

World No 4 Whitlock is the highest-ranked player in the top-half of the draw after Phil Taylor's shock exit, but 'The Artist' won't be easily brushed off after whitewashing Paul Nicholson 4-0 in a ruthless display.

'The Wizard of Oz' is 2/5 to progress while Painter is 15/8 to win.

Phil Taylor's conqueror Michael Smith then takes to the stage against Peter 'Snakebite' Wright.

The 23-year-old St Helens thrower turned off 'The Power' in the second round with a stunning 4-3 win and the world youth champion is a 15/8 shot to make it through to the last eight against world No 16 Wright.

The final match of the night at the Ally Pally sees two former Lakeside champions face each other as Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld battles Mark Webster.

Five-time world champion 'Barney' scraped through after a thrilling showdown with Jamie Caven, while left-handed 2008 champion Webster edged past Austrian Mensur Suljovic.

Van Barneveld is favourite to reach the quarter-final and a potential mouthwatering all-Dutch showdown with tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen at 2/7, while Wales ace Webster is an 11/4 shout.

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