The second round of the World Matchplay commences this evening with four cracking matches live on Sky Sports. Betfair Ambassador Wayne Mardle has previewed the action, and has picked three games to have a wager in...
"The longer format suits the 13-time World Matchplay champion, and the fact that he hasn't lost a match at the Winter Gardens venue for 26 outings suggests to me that he will win this game too."
This game is all about the big Dutchman; if he plays his best he wins, but if he lets Justin's slower pace upset his own rhythm and performance then we could be in for a huge shock.
Pipe played wonderfully well in beating the lame Mark Webster (no pun intended, though Webster does have an injured foot) and you feel he will have to repeat that form to factor here, maybe even improve on it.
I fancy Barney to win this one, though his odds make little appeal so instead I've found a wager that is well worth latching on to. Pipe hit six maximums against Webster in his first round win, and although Barney hits his share of maximums I think the value here is with the Taunton Tornado to hit the most 180s tonight.
Back Jutin Pipe Most 180s @ 3.55/2 or better
There's absolutely no sign that Taylor is even remotely on the decline is there? The Power put up another devastating performance in his first round, recording a 10-1 victory over Stuart Kellett. The longer format suits the 13-time World Matchplay champion, and the fact that he hasn't lost a match at the Winter Gardens venue for 26 outings suggests to me that he will win this game too.
Taylor's Match Odds price is too short for my liking however, so back him on the -6.5 handicap, meaning he will have to get to 13 legs before Jenkins gets to seven. Terry is playing well enough, but you feel that Phil has his number, and 2.111/10 about Taylor bridging the handicap looks more than fair.
Back Taylor -6.5 @ 2.111/10
What a match-up this promises to be. Even with Taylor and Michael van Gerwen around, these two wouldn't look out of place if this were the final. And whoever wins tonight will only grow in confidence as both have the class to win the tournament outright.
Both played very well indeed in overcoming difficult draws, Wade beating John Part and Anderson beating Mervyn King. It was great to see Anderson back to form, but the big question is can he follow one good performance with another?
I just feel that Wade has the advantage, as he is the more consistent player right now and the more likely to hit crucial shot-outs.
For me though the bet is to back Anderson on the +2.5 handicap, as I sense he will stay with Wade and push him all the way. Whatever the outcome though, this is a match that shouldn't be missed.
Back Anderson +2.5 @ 1.758/11
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