Wayne returns to the BB oche for a look at the second round of the World Matchplay and he is sure Dave Chisnall's showdown with Michael Smith will go the distance...
"Michael and Dave are so closely matched in so many departments that I have to think this match will go somewhere near the distance."
Everything points to a long duel
The fifth best 180 hitter in the world takes on the seventh, and the stats suggest there will be a big mound of maximums. The figures for this year have these guys on average hitting a MAX every three legs.
In his first round win over Keegan Brown, Chizzy only hit two 180s which I'm hoping was an anomaly. Smith rattled in six in his 10-6 win over Johnny Clayton.
Michael and Dave are so closely matched in so many departments that I have to think this match will go somewhere near the distance.
If it goes as deep as I predict, the maximums could be in before the later stages of the contest if they are both at it. Also, with the prediction of a long game I have to include OVER on the legs total.
Just to give you feel of how closely matches they are, check these figures.
Ranking: Dave Chisnall 8, Michael Smith 9.
Year-to-date three-dart average: Dave Chisnall 95.22, Michael Smith 96.60.
Head-to-head: Dave Chisnall 6, Michael Smith 7.
Five of their last six meetings have resulted in the contests going to at least the penultimate leg.