Rowby John Rodriguez v Martin Phillips
Confidence can be lost so quickly. Up to last week, things were going well and Rowby John was full of it.
But his performance against John Henderson in the European Championships was arguably the poorest we've seen from Rowby John since he burst onto the scene two years ago. Yes, he's young and will bounce back, but it will have hurt and his confidence will have taken a knock. He certainly looked edgy and anxious against Robbie Green yesterday. It takes composure to compete at the level required and at present Rodriquez seems to be struggling.
I know Martin was taught a lesson by the Master - that's Phil Taylor of course - but he did miss a few opportunities at doubles. The 5-0 defeat will do Phillips no good at all but he'll surely feel that this is a much easier task, which of course it is.
If Martin can just sharpen up a little I feel at the price of 20/21 this could be a steal. My thoughts here are that we are betting on Rowby John to underperform again more than Phillips improving.
Phillips to beat Rodriguez @ 20/21 (Sportsbook)
Terry Jenkins v Geert De Vos
I've been a long time follower of Terry, hoping that one day he'll eventually cross that line and land the darting Major that's been evading him for eight years.
I'm now of the belief that it won't happen.
Terry is not playing well at the moment. In the last couple of events his action has looked awkward, he's been spraying the darts into the five and one segments far too often, in turn putting himself under pressure and giving his opponent a lift.
Geert de Vos isn't a name many will be familiar with, but let me tell you the BDO World Trophy winner is a good player. He was beaten in his opening match by the recent Grand Prix Winner Robert Thornton 5-4 but Geert looked composed and confident, and at 17/10 I think he could upset the odds if he produces a similar standard.
Geert De Vos to beat Terry Jenkins @ 17/10 (Sportsbook)