Wayne Mardle: Pipe's class will tell against Dolan

Will Justin be jumping for joy tonight?

Fresh from picking a winner on Thursday, Wayne Mardle makes a pair of promising selections from two Friday night Grand Prix quarter-finals.

I think Justin Pipe is a great bet at around 1.84/5 to beat Brendan Dolan.

Finally, a winner for this column! I was delighted to see Paul Nicholson looking somewhere back to his best last night as he defeat Colin Osborne 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

My pick battled well and rose to the occasion in Dublin. I confess, I had my doubts when he let Osborne back in with several missed doubles but, in the end, I was delighted to have correctly tipped The Asset to prevail 3-1.

So let's see if I can keep my run going on Friday.

Looking at the Betfair markets, I think Justin Pipe is a great bet at around 1.84/5 to beat Brendan Dolan. The Northern Irishman was brilliant here last season and he made short work of Gary Anderson then Vincent van der Voort in the last two round but, in my opinion, Pipe is the better player and will be hard to beat.

Admittedly, he has to get his double off better if he's to apply the pressure and Dolan will punish him if not. Dolan is motivated by the possibility of reaching consecutive televised semi-finals, which would be a significant achievement, and Pipe wants to revenge his first round defeat to Dolan at the European Championships last month.

In the end, I think the stronger player will prevail and for that reason I recommend 3-1 Pipe.

The other match which interests me on Friday is Robert Thornton v Mervyn King. It will be close between to excellent players so there will be plenty of legs to get the 180's in.

Today's other games should be given a wide birth as they really are a coin flip.

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