Jaymes Monte picks out his best bet from Saturday's quarter-final matches at the Grand Slam of Darts...
"Following his group-stage win, and consequential qualification, Winstanley spoke of a newfound mean streak at the oche."
After an extremely profitable opening six days of the Grand Slam it was a slap in the face from reality last night as both my daily bet and outright selection were sent packing. John Part was able to up his game a notch while Brendan Dolan missed too many doubles in the early exchanges to gift-wrap a quarter-final berth to his Canadian opponent.
Wes Newton was my outright selection and despite battling to the line and taking his match to a final leg, Lakeside World Champion Christian Kist was in inspired form and claimed another PDC scalp.
Today's quarter-finals are split into two sessions with a couple of matches this afternoon, then the remaining two to be played this evening. My bet of the four comes in this afternoon's opener, where Dean Winstanley takes on Kevin Painter.
Following his group-stage win, and consequential qualification, Winstanley spoke of a new found mean streak at the oche. It's something that I've always thought Over The Top was missing in his game, and I was pleased to hear him talk about an increased intensity during games.
Intensity is not something that Painter has ever lacked, however. The Artist has one of the most gruelling snarls in the game, and this should be an extremely tense match with every dart crucial.
When they met in the opening match of the tournament Painter edged it in a final leg decider. Prior to that match I advised a bet on The Artist, and collected. But I've seen enough from Winstanley since then to suggest that it is time to switch allegiances.
I fancy that the longer, best-of-31-sets format will suit Winstanley the better this afternoon, and although I don't foresee him running away with it, I do expect a fairly comfortable 3-4 leg margin of victory.