Simon Whitlock v Benito Van De Pas
What a fickle lot us punters are. Just last evening I was hoping Simon could land us a right coup at 10/3 in beating Richard North, AND top all the stats in the process, which he did, but this evening I'll be cheering on Benito to do exactly the same thing against him.
Simon did get better as the game went on, but he didn't look comfortable for long periods. North played his part but couldn't sustain any consistency. Simon's doubling in wasn't good. If he's to get through to the semi-final he will have to improve.
Benito, has played some superb darts so far, the 6ft 6in Dutchman somehow going under the radar. Against Gerwyn Price, Benito got the double away within the first three darts every time, and only missed five darts at a double to finish. That's brilliant double hitting.
Simon's stats aren't so pretty, he failed to get away first time on three occasions, and got away last dart thrice too. His finishing was good at 52 percent.
I really do think that the way Benito finished off Gerwyn will give him so much confidence. He's promised so much for the last few years, is this the breakthrough? I think he wins this!
Simon looked edgy against North, and no disrespect is meant, but Richard wasn't playing the darts that should have worried the long-haired Aussie. Benito, on the other hand, was brutal.
I'm fully aware humans don't repeat things over and over, we aren't robots, but I know who I'd rather back, and that's the player playing the better darts, and at the bigger price.
Benito Van De Pas to beat Whitlock @ 19/20
And just for a small wager - Back Benito in the match treble @ 10/1
Robert Thornton v Daryl Gurney
I love an incorrect price, and there's a big one here. Robert had been dismissed by the bookies in this one. Fools!
The Scotsman is the only former winner left in the field and must be loving life this week. He came into this tournament with average form, but the performance and win against Dave Chisnall must have buoyed his confidence.
Yes, Daryl is a formidable opponent, but there is no way that Robert should be 9/4 to triumph.
No one his hit more maximums than The Thorn this week. The strength of Gurney's game is usually his scoring, but if Robert can handle it he can win this match. I really thought Robert would have been no bigger than 7/4. The 9/4 just has to be taken.
These two dartists met here in 2015, Robert won 2-0, since then Daryl has won all three of their meetings.
Back Robert Thornton to beat Daryl Gurney @ 9/4