Jaymes Monte picks out his best bets from day four of the BDO World Championships as the first round action draws to a close...
"Kong, like James Wilson, hasn’t played a lot of competitive darts recently and could be caught cold by a man ranked only three places below him in the BDO official rankings."
The Lakeside stage can do strange things to a darts player. And we've already had our first major casualty of the week as number one seed James Wilson crashed out to Swedish qualifier Peter Sajwani on Monday afternoon.
Now I'm not usually one to look too closely at averages, and any temptation to compare three-dart numbers with what is going on in the PDC - as some in the media have done - is beyond any logic. It would be like comparing the quality of players in the qualifying rounds of the FA Vase to those playing in the Premier League. However, when the little-known Sajwani won his Preliminary Round match with a 73.62 average it would be impossible to then suggest he would go on to trouble the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters champion, let alone beat him 3-1.
Therefore, on a day where I don't see any obvious selection to tip at Frimley Green, I'm going to take a punt and oppose last year's semi-finalist Robbie Green.
Kong, like James Wilson, hasn't played a lot of competitive darts recently and could be caught cold by a man ranked only three places below him in the BDO official rankings.
Darius Labanauskas is not a name that rolls off the tongue too easily and his major tournament record is even less pronouncable, but he has won a few smaller tournaments this year and enjoyed runs to a few recent finals, even beating the aforementioned Sajwani 4-0 at the WDF Europe Cup singles.
This is not a bet to get overly excited about, but chuck a few quid on the Lithuanian outsider to win at odds of 4.216/5. Stranger things have happened on this Lakeside stage already this week.
Back Darius Labanauskas to beat Robbie Green @ 4.216/5