Jaymes Monte picks out his best bets from the remaining second round matches at Lakeside...
"An 86.70 three-dart average is about mid-range for the tournament so far, but as any player will tell you, the first round is simply about winning and progressing to the next stage."
My outright winner preview isn't looking particularly good after Wesley Harms crashed out last night, following the lead of Tony O'Shea - who was an unfortunate loser to Scott Mitchell in a sudden death leg - earlier in the week. That leaves me with only Jamie Hughes to cheer on for the remainder of the week.
The BDO's in-form man was tested in the opening set of his first round match against Michel van der Horst, but after coming back from 2-0 down in the opening exchanges to go 1-0 up in sets he never really looked back and was never behind in the match again. An 86.70 three-dart average is about mid-range for the tournament so far, but as any player will tell you, the first round is simply about winning and progressing to the next stage.
This Thursday he comes up against the man who recorded the best winning three-dart average of the first round, Glen Durrant (96.21). And the Englishman needed to be on top of his game as his opponent, Czech qualifier Karel Sedláček, produced the best three-dart average of the tournament so far (99.57) in defeat.
Hughes and Durrant have played each other four times in major tournaments over the past few years and it is our man Yozza who has the 3-1 advantage. And despite that superior first round performance the 1.865/6 on Hughes to win looks to be the best bet of the day.
Back Jamie Hughes to beat Glen Durrant @ 1.865/6