Beaton could push Wade all the way
Just as you would expect from the second round of the PDC world championship there are three high quality contests in prospect in the last afternoon session before the Christmas break at the Alexandra Palace.
The first of the day could be a real slug-fest between Mark Walsh and Justin Pipe as both are up there with the biggest scrappers on the circuit. Neither were particularly impressive in their first round displays, but they won’t care as both picked up pretty comfortable victories in the end; Walsh seeing off Darren Webster 3-1 and Pipe beating Andy Jenkins 3-0. Pipe’s whitewash win was one of the lowest quality matches you are likely to see on the world championship stage as an average of just 84.23 secured the victory for the Force.
The two men actually have a very even record despite Pipe arguably having the better form over the last couple of years and Walsh was the victor when they met in the biggest tournament of them all in 2010. Pipe is the odds-on favourite but there won’t be much in it and it could easily go all the way to seven sets. Walsh might just be edged out but he is worth backing on the +1.5 handicap meaning that even a 4-3 loss will see us win at 10/11 with Bet Victor.
Dean Winstanley and Vincent van der Voort follow and after Deano’s stunning 3-2 win over Mervyn King in round one it is him who is the heavy favourite to progress to the third round stage. It might be Winstanley’s debut year in the PDC but he was deservedly won a lot of admirers over his first 12 months and will be very confident facing the big Dutchman despite this being unchartered territory.
The Dutch Destroyer was pretty solid in his first round win over Stuart Kellett but the Yorkshireman has an air about him that suggests he is going to do very well in this tournament and he should see off big Vince with relative ease. Deano could easily win this one 4-1 or even 4-0 and under 5.5 sets is evens with Paddy Power where it is odds-on in other places so it looks a good price to take whilst we can.
The final match of the afternoon sees James Wade taking on Steve Beaton with both men coming off confidence boosting 3-0 wins in round one. Neither were heavily tested but they won’t mind as both were needing the shot in the arm that the whitewash wins provided. Wade was something of an unknown quantity coming into this tournament after his well-documented struggles with mental health of late, but that seems to be behind him now and he could start to sneak up on the blind side if he can keep up the good form he showed in round one.
The Machine will almost certainly win this one but Beaton has the quality to push him all the way and it could easily be another that goes the distance. Over 5.5 sets is odds-on in some places but at evens with Sporting Bet and I think we should take advantage of their generosity.
Mark Walsh (+1.5) @ 10/11 with BetVictor
Dean Winstanley v Vincent van der Voort under 5.5 sets@ evens with Paddy Power
James Wade v Steve Beaton over 5.5 sets @ evens with Sportingbet
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