Wayne Mardle on the World Matchplay: Favourites to oblige on Wednesday night

Dave Chisnall looks a solid favourite against Alan Norris
Dave Chisnall looks a solid favourite against Alan Norris

Wayne Mardle likes the look of Chisnall and Lewis in tonight's fixtures at the World Matchplay...

"If the match trends of both players continue, Dave will have darts at a double in nearly every leg. Norris won't get a chance to take out big shots."

Dave Chisnall v Alan Norris

Dave Chisnall takes on Alan Norris in what should be an entertaining encounter.

'Chuck' Norris was in outstanding form on the doubles against Kim Huybrechts in the previous round. His scoring was mediocre mind you, but the double ring - and bullseye for that matter - were his friend.

With finishes of 155, 127, 85, 78,75, 63, 56 it's no wonder he won. Combination finishes like those definitely change matches. His end average of 90 is an indication of Alan's very average scoring phase.

And if he scores to a similar standard he will not win this match. He'll need all those finishes and maybe better to live with the proven scoring prowess of Chizzy.

Dave wasn't at his best against Mervyn King but he was more than good enough. Dave averaged just over 95 and missed 21 darts at a double.

If the match trends of both players continue, Dave will have darts at a double in nearly every leg. Norris won't get a chance to take out big shots. We know the old saying is "Scoring for show, doubles for dough " and there is truth in that, but, you have to get to a double to hit one.

Recommended Bet
Back Dave Chisnall -3.5 legs @ 11/10


Adrian Lewis v Rob Cross

I'm not going to bang on about Adrian's recent medical procedure. He seemed well and fine against Steve Beaton in the first round.

Cross played decent enough to beat Ian White, but he'll have to up his game against Adrian.

White just couldn't score consistently enough to apply enough pressure on Rob , he gave the debutant too much time in too many legs. Adrian won't do that.

We're all aware that Adrian is still a great scorer, and that alone can win games, because an opponent can be pressured in to missing because he's being outscored. Rob won't have the same luxury of being able to miss a dart at a double knowing he'll return to the board to clear it up.

This is a game Adrian can dominate. He'll like the challenge to, a non messer who just gets on with it at a decent pace, that allows Adrian to play his own rhythmical game.

Recommended Bets
Adrian Lewis -2.5 legs @ 5/4
Back the Chisnall-Lewis double at just over EVENS

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