Taylor confident of winning 15th world title
Defending champion Phil Taylor is odds-on favourite to win his 15th world title at the PDC Championships, which begin at Alexandra Palace on Friday.
Taylor plays Colin Monk first up, who admitted: "Nobody wants to draw Phil, but I've got to get on with it now.
"He's only a human being and I've got to hope things go my way and he has a bit of a stinker."
World number two Raymond van Barneveld faces Warren Parry, while third-ranked James Wade plays Steve Brown.
John Part, the 2008 PDC world champion, takes on Dutch youngster Toon Greebe, while number five seed Mervyn King will play Matt Clark.
The £1m tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The BDO world championships at Lakeside start on Saturday 2 January and are live on the BBC.
PDC preliminary round draw:
Per Laursen (Den) v Christian Perez (Phi)
Ken MacNeil (Can) v Norman Madhoo (Guy)
Jarkko Komula (Fin) v Roman Konchikov (Rus)
Haruki Muramatsu (Jap) v Krzysztof Kciuk (Pol)
Tomas Seyler (Ger) v Shi Yongsheng (Chi)
Magnus Caris (Swe) v Francisco Ruiz (Spa)
Aodhagan O'Neill (Ire) v Les Francis (SA)
Phillip Hazel (NZ) v Osmann Kijamet (Slo)
First round draw: Numbers denote seedings
Phil Taylor (1, Eng) v Colin Monk (Eng)
Roland Scholten (32, Ned) v Steve Hine (Eng)
Robert Thornton (16, Sco) v Per Laursen/Christian Perez
Wayne Mardle (17, Eng) v Jyhan Artut (Ger)
Adrian Lewis (8, Eng) v Aodhagan O'Neill/Les Francis
Wes Newton (25, Eng) v Jarkko Komula/Roman Konchikov
Dennis Priestley (9, Eng) v Kevin McDine (Eng)
Jelle Klaasen (24, Ned) v Barrie Bates (Wal)
Mervyn King (5, Eng) v Matt Clark (Eng)
Co Stompe (28, Ned) v Steve Maish (Eng)
Alan Tabern (12, Eng) v Ken MacNeil/Norman Madhoo
Mark Dudbridge (21, Eng) v Andree Welge (Ger)
John Part (4, Can) v Toon Greebe (Ned)
Kirk Shepherd (29, Eng) v Scott Burnett (US)
Mark Walsh (13, Eng) v Mark Webster (Wal)
Peter Manley (20, England) v Andy Jenkins (Eng)
Raymond van Barneveld (2, Ned) v Warren Parry (NZ)
Tony Eccles (31, Eng) v Brendan Dolan (NI)
Kevin Painter (15, Eng) v Mensur Suljovic (Aut)
Vincent van der Voort (18, Ned) v Dylan Duo (Gib)
Ronnie Baxter (7, Eng) v Haruki Muramatsu/Krzysztof Kciuk
Jamie Caven (26, Eng) v Gary Anderson (Sco)
Colin Lloyd (10, Eng) v Magnus Caris/Francisco Ruiz
Denis Ovens (23, Eng) v Tomas Seyler/Shi Yongsheng
Terry Jenkins (6, Eng) v Paul Nicholson (Aus)
Andy Smith (27, Eng) v Darin Young (US)
Colin Osborne (11, Eng) v Simon Whitlock (Aus)
Wayne Jones (22, Eng) v Alex Roy (Eng)
James Wade (3, Eng) v Steve Brown (Eng)
Michael van Gerwen (30, Ned) v Peter Wright (Sco)
Andy Hamilton (14, Eng) v Phillip Hazel/Osmann Kijamet
Steve Beaton (19, Eng) v Carlos Rodriguez (Spa)