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Paul Nicholson opens his 2012 World Championship campaign against Austria's number one Mensur Suljovic at Alexandra Palace this evening.
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The Asset has emerged as one of the PDC's big attractions with his bad-boy image and is certainly capable of matching his darts to his reputation.
He takes on unorthodox thrower Mensur Suljovic in round one tonight and should be weary of his dangerous opponent, who knocked out James Wade last year.
Geordie-Aussie Nicholson has been tipped by many to have a good run in this event and he will be out to stake a claim for a Premier League place by doing just that.
The bookmakers make Nicholson firm favourite to see off the man known as 'The Gentle', he is priced at 1/7, with Suljovic the 9/2 outsider with title sponsors Ladbrokes.
The winner will play Alan Tabern in the second round after Christmas.
The match gets underway at 10pm and will be streamed live over the best of five sets from the Alexandra Palace, London.