Mensur's rhythm to affect Gary's average
Gary Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
What a week of punting! Winners galore, and we still have Mensur Suljovic running in the Final, my ante-post pick at 22-1.
Okay, today's bet.
Gary is without a doubt playing the better of the two, that's fact. He's averaging 101 for the tournament, Mensur 95.
As the two players go, the contrast in the way they play couldn't be greater, Mensur has all these moving parts, he has quirks, his methodology is way different to the easy fuss-less action of Anderson.
Gary in the past has struggled to play Mensur, the ever improving Austrian.
A few years ago on the Blackpool stage, Gary had a visible meltdown. He found the aforementioned quirks and deliberate pace of Suljovic to much to deal with.
Whilst I think Gary is a stronger minded, better player now he still doesn't play his best darts against Mensur. Gary has only averaged over 100 against Suljovic once.
Of the 24 World Matchplay finals previously played, 13 of them have produced three digit averages for the winner, Phil Taylor being the culprit for 11 of them.
It's a tough ask over the best of 35 leg format to be that consistent, and for Gary to achieve it against a man who clearly disrupts his rhythm is going to be even more difficult.
This match in my opinion will be won by Gary Anderson, but not with a 100 plus average.