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What a great night, considering we got off to a distinctly average start and then Vincent van der Voort made is sweat big time for the win. Then we had it comfortable with Alan Tabern firing in a huge checkout in the second leg of the match. So, a 3-2 night, which is nice considering it could easily have been 2-3, or even worse if Co Stompe hadn’t bucked up his ideas.
Quite an exciting night coming up in the darts with two of the new PDC guard taking the stage in the shame of Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock. The greatest darts player to ever live will also make an appearance and hopefully we get the same atmosphere as we have had the first 5 nights.
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Gary Anderson Vs Jelle Klaasen:
Gary Anderson (Ave: 98.24) beat robert Thornton 10-0
Jelle Klaasen (Ave: 94.15) beat Mervyn King 10-4
Well, we’ve got one of the unlikliest World Champions taking on someone who really should have won one by now. Gary Anderson might just be one of the greastest players to never win a World Championship. He’s an amazing scorer, but mentally fragile. Jelle Klaasen, on the other hand, did it in the BDO, but has struggled for consistent for in the PDC.
On paper, Anderson takes it on averages, while Klaasen takes it on number of 180s (3) and highest checkout (121). It should be tight, but I think Anderson should end up pulling away from Klaasen. While Anderson struggles with his doubling at times, his scoring is consistent enough for him to take the match with what some might see as relative ease. He’ll be confident after a great win over Robert Thornton and his run in the UK Open. Klaasen, meanwhile, hasn’t been on the big stage for a while, which might just play into Anderson’s hands.
The price on Anderson is short enough, but the line for the maximums might just be a bit too high considering this might only go <20 legs. However, it's not the only line that's a tad high. The highest checkout line is around 125, which is high considering both players aren't noted for their doubling. Highest checkout in Gary Anderson Vs Jelle Klaasen match under 125.5: Evens @
Recommend: 2 units @ Evens.
Kevin Painter Vs Mark Walsh:
Kevin Painter (Ave: 88.89) beat Colin Lloyd 11-9
Mark Waslh (Ave: 90.46) beat Mark Dudbridge 12-10
Both men have never made the quarter-finals in Blackpool, so that record will change tonight. It’s surprising for Painter, as he’s been playing here long enough.
Both men looked far from convincing in their first round matches, with Kevin Painter coming back from the dead to win his match, while Mark Walsh was 5-0 up and almost blew it. Both men averaged roughly the same, while Walsh’s highest finish (160) takes those honours, although Painter did weigh in with a 105 and a 104. It really should be a close one, but Painter’s experience on the big stage might just pay off, especially after a great comeback victory on Tuesday night. He’s priced as the underdog, so we have to take advantage of that. Also, I don’t think this will be a high scoring classic, so the 180s line might just be a bit high.
Kevin Painter to beat Mark Walsh: 21/20 @
Recommend: 3 units @ 21/20
Under 9.5 180s in Kevin Painter Vs Mark Walsh match: 4/5 @
Recommend: 3 units @ 4/5
Phil Taylor Vs Steve Beaton:
Phil Taylor (Ave:114.99) beat Barrie Bates 10-5
Steve Beaton (Ave: 89.75) beat Paul Nicholson 10-3
The World Champions square off! Well, Phil Taylor is around 1/50 to win and rightly so. I’ll keep it simple: Phil Taylor, with the average he shot against Barrie Bates, could possibly beat Steve Beaton using two darts. Yes, it’s darts and things don’t always go to plan, but this should. Beaton looked decent enough, but he did fire a lot of blobs that Nicholson just didn’t capitalise on. The handicap is -7.5, so let’s have a dabble, as Taylor will definitley punish the blobs.
Phil Taylor -7.5 versus Steve Beaton: 9/10 @
Recommend: 2 units @ 9/10
Simon Whitlock Vs Steve Brown:
Simon Whitlock (Ave: 94.86) beat Tony Eccles 10-1
Steve Brown (Ave: 87.45) beat Terry Jenkins 10-6
On paper, a mis-match. In my head, another mis-match. Steve Brown did well to beat Terry Jenkins, who is sorely lacking in form. Simon Whitlock beat PDC journeyman Tony Eccles. The averages tell the story here, with Whitlock a good 7 points ahead, which is good enough for a comfortable win. Whitlock was able to dismantle Eccles with his consistency, especially around the doubles. He won’t be as generous to Brown as Jenkins was. It should be a swift exit for Brown. 1/14 Whiclock tells the story here. The handicap is -6.5 and we’ll have a dabble on that.
Simon Whitlock -6.5 to beat Steve Brown: 9/10 @
Recommend: 2 units @ 9/10
That’s it for now. Again, confident with the picks and we’ll just hope Taylor and Whitlock blow their opponents away. Should be a cracking night and I’d love to see Taylor smash another world record. Plus, the time might be right for the 9-dart finish.
Enjoy the darts and happy betting!