The opening two games on Saturday saw West and Webster ruin hundreds of favourites accumulators ploughing home at a combined 14/1. Gary Anderson and Peter Wright obliged but if backers had taken on the positive handicaps on the underdogs they would have cleaned up.
The order of play for Tuesday:
- Mensur Suljovic Vs Justin Pipe (Pipe leads 9-2)
- Darren Webster Vs Steve West – no previous meetings
- Gary Anderson Vs Darryl Gurney – (Anderson leads 6-4)
- Peter Wright Vs Cristo Reyes – (Wright leads 7-1)
Mensur Suljovic Vs Justin Pipe (1/3 -3/1)
The pair have met eleven times with Pipe prevailing on nine occasions. Justin won the last encounter at a pro tour event in April 6-2. On stage however since the World Cup of Darts in June has made a semi final and final in three events so his stage work is great.
Pipe managed to see off out of touch Klaasen in the opener on Sunday with it looking visual that the Dutch maestro's wrist injury was not match fit. Pipe won with a tad under 91 average hitting six 180's in the process.
Mensur saw off Henderson with ease winning 10-4 victory.
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The betting price firmly sits with the Austrian and Mensur's stage work and epic resilience playing a Pipe (3/1) who seemed to not be at his best saw good darts and some off par shots also.
In a best of 21 clash Pipe is given a +3.5 leg headstart at 10/11 and see the format suiting both players with a deliberate slow pace. This game should be a cracker now Pipe will be more confident after a win on stage.
We contacted Hills for a match bet. They offered us a fair price which was both players to hit 4+ maximums and the match checkout over 110.50 at 100/30 and cannot deny there isn't a fair chance offering us a bet with an implied probability of 23.09%.
Darren Webster Vs Steve West – no previous meetings
The pair have not met before according to my source and both caused early upsets from short priced backers on Saturday. Both Webster and West collectively would have returned just over 14/1 and between 5/2-3/1 on the positive handicaps had this been backed.
Both players performed to a great standard throughout. Steve West and Michael Smith accelerated into the first mini session with a 108 average to a credible 99.94 10-5 victory.
Bookies have chalked Webster at 58% to West's 42% which could be on the basis of form.
Bet365 goes 11/8 the pair are 2-2 after four legs and 15/8 it is still tied after six. Looking at the high checkout since the world championship on stage Webster's best checkout was a 112 at a European tour event and hit a 102 in his opener.
West's best in this period was a 130 at a European tour event as well as a 121 vs Smith on Saturday. Layers have Webster at short at 8/11 but 5/6 in places for the highest out on the night with West at 1/1.
Our reasoning for the pricing is purely the match pricing in respect Webster's price indicates he will win atleast two more legs than West. I still fancy the even money price though as I think Webster is a shade shorter than I would have stated.
Gary Anderson Vs Daryl Gurney – (Anderson leads 6-4)
In what may be billed as a rematch just over a week ago when Gurney bested Anderson 8-4 at the US Masters will look to make it a double sweep as the pair meet again.
Anderson hoovered in ten maximums in his win over Kist which saw the Scotsman bring some of Kist's better performances out from him.
With both players in fine form, this should be a cracker. Gurney averaged 97 in his opener looking full of confidence. The treble 20 will take a pounding surely?
Marathonbet offering 89/100 on Anderson to net over 112.50 checkout. We hope this is not an error but is the bet we take here!
Peter Wright Vs Cristo Reyes – (Wright leads 7-1)
An interesting statistic that all eight meetings would have seen over's on the total leg line (over 9.5 for best of 11) and (over 16.5 on a best of 19)
Wright managed to get over the line against Wilson in the opener despite some below par Darts seeing Wright struggling out of second gear for some of the contest managing an 89.26 average despite brilliance from a 147 checkout. Reyes netted a 101 average in a good display against ailing Robert Thornton.
There will be a no bet in this game as nothing takes much fancy although if pushed Reyes to hit most 180s would be on a shortlist.