Jaymes Monte believes that 2007 champion James Wade could be in for a tricky evening at Winter Gardens this Sunday...
"The Prince of Wales comes into this event in good form."
Richie Burnett returns to the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool's Winter Gardens this week following an eight-year hiatus from the World Matchplay; a point that succinctly highlights the Welshman's recent renaissance.
Following what appeared to be a terminal slide down the rankings Burnett is back up to number 28 in the PDC Order Of Merit, thanks in no small part to a semi-final appearance at last season's World Grand Prix. As I said in my outright winner preview, following a minor slump in form this year he bounced back to life with a run to the semi-final of the European Tour event in Dusseldorf a fortnight ago, throwing an astonishing 121 three-dart average in beating Andy Jenkins 6-2 in the first round. The Prince of Wales comes into this event in good form.
Like his opponent James Wade, Burnett also has fond memories of the Winter Gardens. In his pomp the former Lakeside World Champion made three semi-final and one final appearance, where he lost to the indomitable Phil Taylor.
Nevertheless it is understandable that Wade, currently ranked number three in the world, should come into this one as a strong favourite. But that doesn't mean, considering Burnett's pedigree, we cannot take on The Machine.
At odds of 3.613/5 there is plenty of room for trading on Burnett In-Play, but as a leave-alone bet I'll go for the 2.47/5 currently available on Burnett +2.5 legs in the handicap market.
2 points - Back Burnett +2.5 legs @ 2.47/5