Groups E-H are in action on Sunday and Jaymes Monte has picked his best bet of the eight matches...
"As far as I know Nicholson hasn’t been hanging around with Lance Armstrong."
I touched on the following point a little in my outright preview of the event here. Brendan Dolan is a much better player than the odds suggest.
The Northern Irishman has reached the semi-finals of the last two televised events, yet he is being offered at odds of as big as 2.56/4 to beat Paul Nicholson.
Yes, the Aussie-Geordie showed a little bit of form by reaching the final of Championship League Group Five, but he subsequently won only seven of his next 21 matches in the competition and his progress to the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix last month was due in no small part to the poor quality of his early-round opponents.
Perhaps, I thought, Nicholson has a strong head-to-head record that is causing bettors to favour him. Nope. The pair have met four times previously, twice in the past fortnight at the Championship League, and Dolan has won each bout.
So it's not form, and it's not head-to-heads. As far as I know Dolan still possesses two arms, although he obviously only needs the one, and Nicholson hasn't been hanging around with Lance Armstrong.
Rather than look for something that isn't there, lets just take the 2.56/4 about a Dolan win and move on.
Back Dolan to beat Nicholson @ 2.56/4