Wayne Mardle on the World Cup of Darts: Hosts to get the better of the Irish
The format changes for the second round of the World Cup of darts, with two singles matches and a pairs match deciding who progresses. Wayne Mardle provides his best bets...
"So 2-1 to Germany is my prediction, which I will be backing once the Betfair Sportsbook price it up, but for now, a bet on the 'home' side just to win makes plenty of appeal at 6/5."
Well, you can only say as you find, so the saying goes, and in what I've seen so far, okay, it's not a big example, but surely Japan should be a little shorter in the betting than they are?
I'm a huge Party (John Part) fan, he's a friend and colleague, but he and his partner Dawson Murschell will surely be outplayed by Asada and Muramatsu, who played brilliantly to beat the eighth seeds, Austria.
John, carried...not literally, Dawson in the first round, averaging around 80. Both Asada and Muramatsu averaged into the 90s, that was under pressure the whole time too.
The Japanese pairing should be too good for the Canadians.
I'm aware no two games are alike, but even if the game goes to the pairs I think Asada & Muramatsu are still holding all the aces.
The format now is two singles ties, the best of 7 legs, then a pairs match, also the best of seven to decide the winner.
From the four games on this evening, I fancy three landslide victories for Belgium, England and the Netherlands, landslide obviously meaning 2-0.
The other contest between Northern Ireland and Germany is a different story.
Daryl Gurney, the Northern Irishman, is without doubt the proven winner of the four but that will count for nothing if he's not backed up by his partner, Brendan Dolan.
Max Hopp and Martin Schindler played well throughout their match against the gritty Swedes.
Gurney and Dolan are in the draw because of some last ditch double hitting by, Daryl. Fact.
Dolan played really well towards the back end of the match and that will have given him all the confidence to kick on, but it was still left to Daryl to clean up.
Against a hostile crowd, which is an absolute certainty, I'm not so sure Daryl will bail them out again. It's difficult to perform against a hostile/partisan crowd.
Max and Martin are the great hopes for German darts and they are going to get all the help they can take on, the audience are bias, the audience want them to win, we're in Frankfurt, Germany. If the guys from Northern Ireland start showing any signs of discomfort about the boos and jeers it'll get a whole let worse very quickly.
All that said about the help the Germans will get, they still have to throw the darts and I personally think they will.
I think Daryl will win his single match whoever he plays, I think Brendan will lose his singles match whoever he play, and I then think the Germans get the better of the team they beat in the first round last year, in the pairs match decider.
So 2-1 to Germany is my prediction, which I will be backing once the Betfair Sportsbook price it up, but for now, a bet on the 'home' side just to win makes plenty of appeal at 6/5.