Wayne Mardle on the World Matchplay: Back Reyes to shock Wright

Wright has lost his rhythm recently
Wright has lost his rhythm recently

Wayne Mardle picks through the best matches at the PDC World Matchplay and he has found a pair of wagers for your consideration...

"A player's rhythm, routine and tempo should all come naturally. Wright is messing with his natural processes."

Mensur Suljovic v Justin Pipe


Justin played ok in beating Jelle Klaasen. The Taunton Tornado, as I like to call him, started off very well and took out some corking finishes, a 109 and 120 being the standouts.

Pipe showed he still has a game to trouble anyone, but maybe not win a tournament of this magnitude. He's a little less consistent these days and that's what Mensur must exploit.

Consistency is what Mensur's game is based on. He frequently averages around the mid to high 90s. Pipe's mean is a full 7-8 points below that and Suljovic has to fancy his chances of reaching the quarter-final for the second time in three years.

If Pipe is to trouble Mensur, he will have to be a lot more consistent around the treble bed and out finish the amiable Austrian, I find it difficult to believe he'll do it.

The head-to-head record is a little surprising to me - Pipe holds a 9-2 advantage. However, they've only ever met over a best of 11 leg format and I feel confident Suljovic can pull off a cosy win tonight.

Recommended Bet
Mensur to win -3.5 legs @ 10/11

Peter Wright v Cristo Reyes

I've not gone mad, but I think the world number 28 will beat the world ranked number three.

Reyes is playing brilliantly. He had the second highest average of the first round, 101.32. On debut too. Gary Anderson topped the chart with 101.95.

I've come to the conclusion to back Cristo based on his progression and Wright's mini blip.

Peter Wright is clearly going through an uncertain phase. The tungsten tinkerer is now messing with his rhythm. In his first round match he started off throwing at a quick pace, then slowed, and then tried to speed up again. He has no idea what to do at present.

A player's rhythm, routine and tempo should all come naturally. Wright is messing with his natural processes.

The only reason I can possibly come up with as to why Peter is trying to throw a lot quicker is to reduce thinking time between darts. We know thinking hinders and causes self doubt.

I'm fully aware that if Peter plays his normal game he probably wins, but I'm of the opinion he won't play to his full potential.

This punt is based on current performances. Wright's being very average indeed, and Cristo's being outstanding.

And there may be improvement to come from Cristo. He turns 30 next week and could well be getting better.

The head-to-head record reads 7-1 to Wright, but Reyes won the last meeting that was just a over month ago.

Recommended Bet
Back Reyes to win @ 16/5

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