IT’S a big night in the William Hill World Championships with the first of two darts quarter-final ties.
First up at the Ally Pally is Michael van Gerwen against Scotland’s Robert Thornton and that’s followed by an all-Scots tie between Gary Anderson and Peter Wright.
Thornton hasn’t dropped a set on his way to the last eight and top seed van Gerwen is in fine form too so while I’d side with the Dutchman it should be a hard-fought affair that could be close to going the distance.
Van Gerwen is massive favourite at 1-5 with the likes of William Hill with Thornton 4-1 at bet365 and Ladbrokes. In a best of nine-setter the bet I like is Thornton plus 3.5 sets at 4-7 with bet365. Thornton plus 2.5 is of course a bigger price at 11-10 with William Hill and others.
The second match should be a cracker between two fierce rivals and closely-matched stars. Anderson has enjoyed a fantastic season and is the bookies’ favourite at 4-9 with William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Wright has unfairly been written off at 2-1 with Betfred and I think it will be closer than the prices suggest.
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