World Darts Championship: Gary Anderson in action at Alexandra Palace on Saturday
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 15/12/13 10:36pm
Gary Anderson: Back in World Championship action
It's a Super Saturday at the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace with a double helping of darting delight on offer.
Old campaigner Terry Jenkins begins his bid to finally land a major title in the afternoon session, while no fewer than three former World Championship finalists are in action in the evening.
Jenkins is a former semi-finalist so it's no surprise to see him a heavy 1/4 favourite to win his match against the winner of the preliminary game earlier in the session between Colin McGarry and Per Laursen.
The talented but erratic Kevin McDine could prove to be a value bet at 6/4 to beat Wednesfield darter Wayne Jones, who is the 8/15 favourite but has been known to have his off days so could not be completely certain to make it through.
An intriguing match comes at the end of the session with the in-form Ian 'Diamond' White looking to build on his Players Championship display when he takes on Kyle Anderson - but despite being 11/4 the Australian No 1 is no mug.
Anderson lost to Steve Beaton in the first round on his World Championship debut last year, but said: "When I went to the World Championship last year, I was nervous going onto the big stage and playing in front of that amount of people.
"It was amazing and I admit I did feel nerves, but hopefully this time around I've learned from my mistakes and I can progress this time."
Mark Walsh v Jarkko Komula
Colin McGarry v Per Laursen (P)
Wayne Jones v Kevin McDine
Terry Jenkins v McGarry/Laursen
Ian White v Kyle Anderson
Robert Thornton v Max Hopp
Julio Barbero v Andree Welge (P)
Gary Anderson v Mark Dudbridge
Andy Hamilton v Barbero/Welge
Paul Nicholson v Stuart Kellett
Saturday's evening session sees former finalists Andy Hamilton, Gary Anderson and Mark Dudbridge in action, while Robert Thornton is 1/7 to beat young German Max Hopp, while 2012 runner-up Hamilton is also 1/7 as he goes up against the winner of the preliminary round game between Julio Barbero and Andree Welge.
2011 finalist Anderson meet 2005 runner-up Dudbridge in a fascinating encounter. Dudbridge returns to the big stage after missing last year's event following shoulder and elbow surgery, but he has looked good on the Pro Tour and at 11/4 could have a puncher's chance if Anderson's doubles start to falter.
"It's going to be massive to be back on that stage and on the TV screens," said Dudbridge. "It makes me smile even thinking about it. It's something that I'll relish because it's an amazing buzz and I didn't know if I'd ever get there again.
"It's been difficult but I've tried to stay positive, and I kept going on the circuit even when things were going bad, and hopefully now everything can change for me.
"This is one more step back on the ladder, and hopefully I can keep going up. I'm buzzing again, I'm so up for the challenge."
Paul Nicholson meets Stuart Kellett in a battle between two aggressive players which should be a crowd pleaser. Nicholson could be vulnerable if 6/5 shot Kellett gets ahead early on, and there should be plenty going on in this one.
Day Two of the World Darts Championship on Saturday December 14, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 12pm.