2019-20 PDC World Darts Championship – Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong taking place? Sunday 15th December, 2019 – afternoon

Where is Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong taking place? Alexandra Palace, London

What channel is Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong on? Sky Sports Darts

Where can I stream Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Kyle Anderson vs Xiaochen Zong? https://www.pdc.tv/william-hill-world-darts-championship-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? No previous meetings

THE PLAYERS

KYLE ANDERSON

  • Kyle Anderson is appearing at the PDC World Championship for the seventh time. The Australian famously hit a nine-dart finish against Ian White at the 2013-14 tournament but has yet to get beyond the last 32 at Ally Pally.
  • Last year he exited the World Championship in the last 32 at the hands of eventual semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall in a match which was a closer contest than the 4-1 scoreline suggests with Anderson missing a number of leg-winning opportunities. In that defeat, he still registered his highest ever World Championship average of 98.52.
  • Anderson’s poor form in 2019 has seen him drop out of the top 32 in the Order of Merit. He reached three ranking quarter-finals at the start of the year but since then he has managed to reach the last 16 in only one ranking event.

XIAOCHEN ZONG

  • Xiaochen Zong won his spot via the PDC China Qualifier and is making his second appearance at the PDC World Championship having previously qualified two years ago when he lost to New Zealander Bernie Smith in the preliminary round with an average of 86.97.
  • Zong has further experience of the big stage having represented China twice at the World Cup of Darts and he also made two appearances at the Shanghai Masters where he lost 6-0 to James Wade in 2017 and 6-0 to Michael Smith in 2018.
  • Still aged only 21, Zong played some events on the PDC Development tour in November without making a quarter-final. He did record an average of over 100 in one of his games – albeit it was only over four legs.

THE PREDICTION

Kyle Anderson has undoubted ability but his form has been very patchy over the last couple of years, and certainly in the latter part of 2019 he has found wins hard to come by. Although Anderson’s confidence might be a little fragile, Zong hasn’t really shown enough to suggest that he can produce an upset in this match. When Anderson finds his range on the T20 he can be a prolific 180 hitter and as well as winning the match, he should hit the most maximums.

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