Four remain in contention for the title of 2013 Lakeside World Champion and Jaymes Monte has picked out his best bet of the two semi-finals...
"Harms has shown in three matches this week that he has all the attributes required to be world champion."
Both Tony O'Shea and Wesley Harms have provided winning bets for us this week, and so it is with some reluctance that I am suggesting opposing one of them this Saturday evening. However, with O'Shea made the 1.748/11 favourite and Harms the outsider at odds of 2.26/5 I feel that the market has got his one completely wrong and simply have to take advantage of those odds about the Dutchman.
Harms has shown in three matches this week that he has all the attributes required to be world champion. He was calm and measured in the face of eccentricity in his first round win over Rune David, showed that he is capable of coming from behind and holding his nerve under pressure in his last-16 victory over Alan Norris and then that he can be a devastating front runner as he took control of a high quality quarter-final with Darryl Fitton.
In that 5-2 win over Fitton Harms hit a crucial 161 checkout in the deciding leg of the opening set, and that really set the tone for a match where he was never behind, averaged 94.83 and hit six maximums. The 28-year-old nicknamed Sparky has all the attributes required to reach the top in this sport, and I have no doubt that if he decided to make the switch then he'd be able to cut it in the upper echelons of the PDC.
If you've been following this column all week then you'll already be sitting on a nice little outright bet on Harms at odds of 20.019/1 - now trading at 5.04/1 - but the 2.245/4 on him winning this match is too generous an offer to let slip by.
Yes O'Shea has played well this week, and could well yet reach the final, but he shouldn't be favourite and I fancy his position as such is due more to reputation than the comparable abilities of the two players.