Jaymes Monte picks out his best bet from the first quarter-finals session of what should be an absorbing couple of nights of darts...
"Barney won’t be given quite as many chances to win legs as was offered by Anderson’s flaky doubling last night."
Despite a few shocks in the opening rounds we're left with seven of the top eight seeds at the quarter-finals stage, and four matches which really could go either way. There can be no more big upsets in this winter's PDC World Championships.
The closest match, in terms of odds, tonight is Raymond van Barneveld's clash with Simon Whitlock. Barney cruised through what was supposed to be the match of the tournament against Gary Anderson in round three, while The Wizard showed all his battling qualities to see off Dave Chisnall at the same stage. A 152 finish while Chizzy waited on 90 for the match being the highlight for Whitlock.
In fact clutch finishes were the theme of both players' third round wins, with Barney also regularly taking out a winning double with the last arrow in his hand and The Aussie boasting four ton-plus checkouts.
It's a theme that I expect to be carried over into this match and I'll be having a good bet on the highest checkout of the match being more than 137.5 at odds of [1.98]. Neither player has been particularly prolific on the treble 20 bed and both have relied on their finishing, each averaging around 40% in the checkout stats for the tournament.
I also like the look of the [1.94] that the match has more than 31.5 legs. Although I expect Barney to win, he won't be given quite as many chances to win legs as was offered by Anderson's flaky doubling last night. In a race to five sets this one could go to at least eight, and possibly all the way to a decider.