Phil Taylor begins his quest for a 16th world title on Friday night at Alexandra Palace, with Co Stompe, Wes Newton and Justin Pipe also in action.
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The Power rounds off the evening against either Haruki Muramatsu or Dennis Nilsson, but will not know his opponent until a few hours before he takes to the stage.
Taylor was in the same position last year, but he had no problem in seeing off American Gary Mawson. He is hot favourite for the title and will be looking to send out a message to the field with a good performance tonight.
The night kicks off with Taunton thrower Justin Pipe taking on Australian qualifier Sean Reed at 7pm.
Pipe has taken the Pro Tour by storm this year and has now established himself as one of the top dogs in the PDC.
His methodical approach has won him countless Players Championships this season and he will be hoping for a good run in the biggest event of all to climb further up the rankings.
Popular Dutchman Co Stompe faces young gun Michael Smith in a potential thriller at Ally Pally tonight.
Stompe has been in indifferent form over the past few months, but has thrived on the 60ft stage at Alexandra Palace in the past.
He takes on PDC Youth star Michael Smith; the 22-year-old already has a Pro Tour title to his name, as well as a nine darter also on the tour.
The fearless youngster has taken notable scalps already in his career and will be looking to upset The Matchstick on his TV debut tonight.
UK Open runner-up Wes Newton kicks off his World Championship campaign against Kurt Van De Rijck.
Newton has gone from strength to strength this year and will be big favourite to progress against a somewhat unknown quantity from Holland.
Action gets underway at 7pm and will be streamed live from the Alexandra Palace, London over the best of five sets (best of five legs per set).
Friday December 16
Justin Pipe v Sean Reed
Haruki Muramatsu v Dennis Nilsson (P) - First to four legs
Co Stompe v Michael Smith
Wes Newton v Kurt Van De Rijck
Phil Taylor v Muramatsu/Nilsson