Round two commences tomorrow where it’s the first to four legs and played over two sessions at 1pm and 7pm. There are six matches on Friday and I am getting involved in four of them with a total of five tips.
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Ian White v Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith v Mervyn King
Benito van de Pas v Terry Jenkins
Evening Session (7pm)
Darren Webster v Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson v Andrew Gilding
Adrian Lewis v Joe Cullen
Click HERE to see the tip for Friday that I put up early as I thought that the price would come down.
Friday will be the last day of darts before the Christmas break and then it’s back in full swing on Tuesday 27th December.
Ian White v Jonny Clayton (1.15pm)
Jonny Clayton had one of the lowest doubles percentages for round one of 35% and went out in the first round in his two previous tournaments.
Ian White is playing steady enough by beating who he should and getting beat by top players. His last two defeats both went to deciding legs.
Ian just has too much experience and more in his locker for Jonny and should win easily enough.
Benito van de Pas v Terry Jenkins (4pm)
There were only a handful of players who got over 60% and Benito van de Pas was one of them at 61% which should be enough for him to win this match against Terry Jenkins who only manged 38%.
This won’t be a one sided match as Terry’s last three wins were against some handy players: Josh Payne, Ian white and Scott Mitchell. So I expect Terry to win at least two sets in this first to four sets format.
Terry is talking about retirement as the travelling is getting to him and he wants to pursue other interests. But I bet we see him back here again next year.
Simon Whitlock v Darren Webster (7.15pm)
Darren Webster knocked out Simon Whitlock here last year and then beat him again 6:3 in the Players Championship last month.
I tipped Darren at 7/4 to beat Stephen Bunting in the first round and he duly obliged. In fact he has won six out of his last seven matches and can be forgiven for his loss which was against Michael van Gerwen. He notably claimed the scalp of Phil Taylor (5:0) in the Grand Slam Of Darts in November and then went 6:0 up against Michael van Gerwen, eventually losing 11:8.
I still think Simon is a worthy favoruite to win this match but It should be a closer match than the odds suggest with Darren putting up a good fight.
Daren’s highest checkout in his first match was 157 and Simon managed a 170 & a 158.
Back Highest Checkout Over 131.5
Whitlock v Webster
17/20 (1.85) Bwin
Back Over 5.5 Legs
Whitlock v Webster
8/11 (1.73) Stan James
White & van de Pas
7/4 (2/70) Marathon Bet
White & Jenkins +2.5 Sets
Evens (2.03) Marathon Bet
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