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BDO 2013 World Championship Day Two Premium Picks.
If someone dares to tell you that darts isn’t an exciting sport, you can take them back to yesterday’s darts action, where we saw two matches out of the 7 go the full five sets, and only one whitewash. The whitewash came at the hands of Tony O’Shea, and 2001 BDO World Champion John Walton was the unlucky recipient. We also saw wins for Jason Cullen, Robbie Green (which was tipped up here), Richie George, Garry Thomprson, Darryl Fitton and Alan Norris.
With the defending BDO World Champion now out, the field is open wide. Today we’ve got 6 matches, starting off with No.1 seed Stephen Bunting taking on James Wilson, in what could be a cracker. Then Steve Douglas takes on Gary Stone, and then England Captain Martin Adams faces Jimmy Hendriks. Scott Mitchell faces Mark Barilli in what could be another close match to close off the first session. Then we see Jan Dekker taking on Jeffrey de Graaf, before Wesley Harms takes on Rune David.
The Premium Picks went 3-3 last night, start us with a nice 2.65 units.
Stephen Bunting (1) Vs James Wilson.
Anyone that’s followed the BDO circuit this year will know Stephen Buntin is the man to beat. 7 tournament wins this year propelled him to No.1 ranking, deservedly so – big wins at the World Masters and Zuideruin make impressive reading. And if you only follow the PDC, you’ll know him from this year’s UK Open, where he narrowly lost to James Wade 4-3 in the Last 96. It’s not been a bad year for Wilson, either, with 4 minor tournament wins, and a run to the quarter-finals of the World Masters. It’s a nightmare draw for Bunting, as Wilson is oozing confidence with the draw, citing he’s got the upper-hand on the head-to-head. The bookies are underestimating Wilson here, and although he might not come through, the -1.5 line on the handicap looks good to me, as Wilson is more than capable of taking 2 sets from Bunting.
James Wilson -1.5 sets to beat Stephen Bunting: 10/11 @
Recommend: 1.5 units.
Steve Douglas (13) Vs Gary Stone.
A quiet year for Steve Douglas, with no tournament wins this year, but some good runs, none the less. The worry for Douglas backers is that he had a heart scare not long ago, which will have hampered his preparations for the tournament. His opponent, Gary Stone, is playing some great darts, after reaching the Last 16 at the Lakeside last year. He won the Europe Cup in November, which was the highlight of his year. beating Christian Kist in the final 7-4. Not long after, Kist reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts, so the Dutchman was obviously in good form. I’ll be honest, Stone was my bet of the round before the price flip-flopped, but I think there’s still value on Stone considering his opponent’s health worries.
Gary Stone to beat Steve Douglas: 8/13 @ 888sport.
Recommend: 4 units.
Martin Adams (2) Vs Jimmy Hendriks.
Heeeeeeeeere’s Wolfie! Much to the delight of BDO fans everywhere, MArtin Adams will finally make his Lakeside 2013 bow, and he’s taking on Jimmy Hendriks (no, not THAT one). Adams has had a hard year on and off the oche, with problems in his personal life forcing him off the BDO Board of Directors, and he’s only won one tournament this year, the Mariflex Open, where he beat Stephen Bunting 3-0 in the final. But since then, he’s had a hard time of it, getting to the Last 32 of the World Masters, the Last 64 of the Europe Cup, and didn’t get out of his group in Zuideruin in the last three months. Hendriks has had a similar time on the oche this year, winning one tournament, the Lithuania Open, where he beat Willy van de Wiel in the final. I think this could be a tough game for Adams, as his personal troubles are obviously affecting his game, and he hasn’t played much on the circuit due to his duties with the BDO. The personal problems might just be too much, and there’s value in the young Dutchman.
Jimmy Hendriks to beat Martin Adams: 9/4 @
Recommend: 1 unit.
Scott Mitchell (12) Vs Mark Barilli.
A lot of experience up on the stage with this match. Mitchell’s coming into the tournament in decent form, having reached the semi-finals in Zuideruin, but no tournament wins to his name this year. The problem Mitchell has here is that he’s never made it past the Last 32 at the Lakeside. He’s got a tough draw here, as Barilli has been around the block a few times. The Scotsman hasn’t won a ranking tournament this year, either, but he’s plugged away, most notably at the PDC UK Open, where he won through to the Last 64, where he pushed Brendan Dolan all the way, losing 9-8. I think we’ve got a close one here, and one man will be making it past the Last 32 for the first time in their time at the Lakeside. The value here lies with Barilli, as I have this 10/11 the pair, and the Scotsman is a shade of odds-against. We’ll get a good run for our money, regardless.
Mark Barilli to beat Scott Mitchell: 6/5 @
Recommend: 1.5 units.
Jan Dekker Vs Jeffrey de Graaf.
2011 semi-finalist Jan Dekker hasn’t hit the heights of his great run since then, although he had a big win at the British Classic this year, beating Stephen Bunting 6-1 in the final. He also won the Europe Cup Pairs event with Christian Kist. But he was truly awful at the Grand Slam of Darts, and his form is seriously inconsistent. Two tournament wins for De Graaf and a quarter-final appearance in Zuideruin signaled his emergence as a threat on the BDO circuit. The big note here is that one of De Graff’s wins came in March at the Isle of Man Open, and he beat Jan Dekker in the final. Again, we’ll go with the, as the form lines remind me of Robbie Green and Christian Kist – De Graaf has the upperhand.
Jeffrey de Graaf to beat Jan Dekker: Evens @ 888sport.
Recommend: 2 units.
Wesley Harms (8) Vs Rune David.
I can’t find a line on this. I think Harms is a good thing here, especially with some of the form he showed at the Grand Slam of Darts, as well as his run to the semi-finals of the World Masters. You throw in three tournament wins this year, and it’s been a big one for Harms. David, I don’t know much about, but his big run came at the World Masters, where he made the quarter-finals. He won through the International Qualifiers, and that’s about it. The handicap lines are pitiful, and as I know little about David, I would hate to have a dabble on the stats markets. We’ll leave this alone, because we might just see a new star in the making. Or we might just see Wesley Harms become favourite for the tournament!
Recommend: No bet.
And that’s all for the second day of the 2013 BDO World Championship. Hopefully we can continue with another day of profitable tips on the BDO World Championship.