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PDC UK Open 2012 Day Three Afternoon Session Premium Picks
A frustrating night last night, summed up by the fact that Dennis Smith’s match became a no-contest thanks to his opponent not turning up, and Mar Barilli taking a 7-1 lead and then blowing it against Brendan Dolan. I did forget to put in the Robert Thornton tip I included in the free tip mailer, so I hope you got on it. It puts our tips at a loss of 3.31 units. But there’s plenty more action to come.
Away from our bets, James Wade had a shocking night against Colin Lloyd and Phil Taylor had a scare against Roland Scholten.
We’ve got two sessions of darts today and I’ll make sure tips are posted for both sessions.
Justin Pipe to beat Simon Whitlock: 6/4 @ Stan James.
Recommend: 2 units
Two in-form players, but Pipe just seems to be coming on leaps and bounds, and has made a great start to 2012. Whitlock’s player well in the Premier League, but his form was patchy through a lot of it, blowing hot and cold. Justin Pipe just seems to be blowing hot when he gets the chance to shine. This is his kind of tournament, and his price is a bit of an insult to a clearly talented player.
Kim Huybrechts -1.5 legs to beat Vincent van der Voort: 4/5 @ 888.com.
Recommend: 2.5 units.
Kim Huybrechts is what darts needs right now. He’s a talented player from the continent that’s set to fill the shoes of players like Klassen and van der Voort, who haven’t been keeping up with the high-flyers in the game. I like him a lot against van der Voort, who isn’t in the greatest form, and the price for the match win just isn’t tempting, but for him to win by at least 2 legs is a tasty price. The bookies having Huybrechts winning 9-6 and 9-5 leading the market speaks volumes; the bookies thing Huybrechts is a good thing, I do too.
Denis Ovens to beat Brendan Dolan: 5/6 @ Stan James.
Recommend: 3 units
Brendan Dolan is a lucky, lucky man to be playing on the third day of the UK Open, having been 7-1 against Mark Barilli. Yes, a great comeback, but he should have been put away by the Scotsman. Denis Ovens had no such worries, winning 9-3, continuing his great run of form in Bolton over the last few years. While Ovens hasn’t had a great year, he like the venue and the fact Dolan is favourite in places is surprising. A love for this venue helps a lot, and Ovens has that in abundance.
Arron Monk to beat Paul Nicholson: 6/4 @ Stan James.
Recommend: 1 units
I know it’s probably surprising, but Arron Monk took a big scalp last night, defeating Kevin Painter. Nicholson had trouble seeing off Michael Mansell, and I think Monk’s made of sterner stuff that Mansell. Monk’s going to be riding that confidence, and he’ll be fancying his chances aginst an out-of-form Nicholson. The price is nice, and we have to have a little dabble.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Mervyn King: 5/4 @ Stan James.
“Mighty” Mike’s been showing some great form recently. His performances in recent TV tournaments have shown what he’s capable of, and I think a move to the Youth Tour has helped him get a handle on his game. He’s playing with confidence and he’s scoring heavily. King hasn’t played much on TV in recent times, and although he looks to be coming back to some form, I think the Dutchman’s consistency might just take him over the line.
Dean Winstanley to beat Terry Jenkins: 11/10 @ 888.com.
Recommend: 2 units
Winstanley’s made a few bucks since coming to the PDC in January, and it’s not going to stop now. He’s obviously a class act, and is probably, on his day, on par with the likes of Terry Jenkins. He’ll be happy with his win last night, and with a lot to prove, I think he’ll come good against The Bull.
Wes Newton to beat Adrian Lewis: 2/1 @ 888.com.
Recommend: 2 units
Both men won 9-1 last night, both men are class acts, and to be fair, I just think Wes Newton is far too big a price, considering the run to the final Newton had last year. Lewis has never made the final here, and I just don’t think this is the ideal format for him. Newton loves it here, and I just think that 2/1 is HUGE value for someone who’s finally getting the respect and ranking he deserves in the PDC.
That’s all the Premium Tips for the first session of the third day of the UK Open. I’ll be back with tips for the second session later on today. Until then, enjoy the darts and let’s get some winners!