Raymond van Barneveld will take on the Filipino Lourence Ilagan at his return to the World Cup next month.

Ron Meulenkamp was paired with England's Lisa Ashton in the first round of the draw for the tournament in London on Monday.

The 54-year-old Van Barneveld made his comeback as a professional darts player at the beginning of this year, after he stopped at the end of 2019 after a painful defeat in the first round of the World Cup.

The current number 68 in the world performed well enough this season to qualify for the world championship.

With Ilagan, the 2007 world champion at the PDC will meet a darter who was immediately eliminated in the first round at the previous three World Cups.

The 43-year-old Filipino, nicknamed 'The Gunner', is not a high flyer in international darts.

He has been particularly successful at tournaments in Asia.

If Van Barneveld beats Ilagan, he will face a much more famous opponent in the second round: Rob Cross.

The Englishman is placed eleventh and became world champion four years ago.

Van Gerwen v Barstow or Norman Jr.

The top 32 of the world only enters in the second round.

This applies to the Dutch Michael van Gerwen (placed third), Dirk van Duijvenbode (17), Danny Noppert (18) and Vincent van der Voort (29).

Three-time world champion Van Gerwen was linked on Monday to the winner of the match between the Englishman Chas Barstow (the number 101 in the world) and the eccentric Canadian John Norman Jr, who is making his World Cup debut.

Van Gerwen won the World Cup in 2014, 2017 and 2019. Last year he stranded in the quarterfinals due to a hopeless 5-0 defeat against Dave Chisnall.

The former number one in the world is not a favorite for the 29th edition of the event in London.

He didn't win a single major this year.

That last happened to him in 2011.

Van Duijvenbode may take on fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena in his first match.

Wattimena then has to deal with the Russian Boris Koltsov in the first round.

Noppert will meet the Englishman Jason Heaver or the unknown Spaniard Juan Francisco Rodriguez in the second round and Van der Voort drew a match against the Englishman Adam Hunt or the Croat Boris Krcmar.

The World Cup starts on December 15 and the final is on January 3.

Last year Gerwyn Price won the world title for the first time.

De Welsman settled with Gary Anderson in the final: 7-3.

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