2019 PDC World Darts Championship – Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova taking place? Monday 17th December, 2018

Where is Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova place? Alexandra Palace, London

What channel is Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova on? Sky Sports Darts

Where can I stream Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Are tickets still available for Ryan Joyce vs Anastasia Dobromyslova? https://www.pdc.tv/william-hill-world-darts-championship-tickets

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THE LOWDOWN

RYAN JOYCE

  • Ryan Joyce opens his PDC World Darts Championship account in what will be his first appearance at Alexandra Palace but he will not be relishing the prospect of facing the three-time women's world champion.
  • Newcastle's Joyce has enjoyed a decent first year on the PDC circuit and qualified for last month's Players Championship Finals, with the former BDO player currently ranked 74th on the Order of Merit.
  • Joyce has admitted that there is "definitely extra pressure" in facing Dobromyslova who is likely to garner the lion's share of the crowd support, much like Lisa Ashton did last week against Jan Dekker.

ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA

  • Dobromyslova will be making her second appearance at the PDC World Darts Championship after losing in the Preliminary Round of the 2009 event so this is not new territory for her.
  • The Russian previously spent a year on the men's PDC circuit in 2009 and the highlight of that stint was a 5-4 victory over Vincent van der Voort at the televised Grand Slam of Darts.
  • Dobromyslova earned her place at Alexandra Palace this year by winning the newly-formed Rest of the World qualifier, and - alongside Ashton - she is one of two female representatives at this year's tournament.

THE PREDICTION

Although she ended up losing 3-1 to Jan Dekker, Lisa Ashton showed last week that a female presence at the PDC World Darts Championship is no gimmick, and Dobromyslova will hope to reinforce that here. She has previously beaten a male player on the big stage and Joyce has admitted to feeling the pressure going into this match, but the Newcastle thrower - assuming he is not put off by the crowd - should just about have enough to come through this potential banana skin although Dobromyslova is perfectly capable of springing a surprise.