Beaton to usurp King
The evening session on Saturday kicks off in style as man of the moment Michael van Gerwen faces Andy Hamilton for a place in the last eight.
The Dutchman wasn’t at his rampant best first up against Kevin Painter, but he did more than enough to secure a 6-3 victory over the defending champ notching three maximums along the way. Hamilton’s win over Andy Smith on Friday was one of the lowest quality matches you are likely to see on PDC television as the Hammer got over the line more thanks to the Pie Man’s shocking darts than his good ones. He obviously can perform at a much higher standard than that but the step up may be too much to beat MVG tonight, it could well be a comfortable win for Mighty Mike.
Simon Whitlock meets Ronnie Baxter in the evening’s second contest and thee Aussie is a strong favourite against his veteran English opponent. Whitlock was very solid indeed in his first round win over Jamie Caven who has been playing very well of late with his accuracy on the double 16 a good gauge of how he is playing. Baxter just about squeaked through past Paul Nicholson but didn’t really light any fires in doing so and he will have to be an awful lot better to beat the Wizard. Like the first match of the night, I can’t see an upset here.
The highlight of the evening, if it takes place, is the showdown between Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. The world champ will do his best to be there to take on his old rival, but with his wife giving birth to their first child he may not make it. With that on his mind or not he is unlikely to get anything off Taylor if he keeps up the form he showed against Mark Webster. The Power was the only man to average in three figures, despite missing a fair few darts at doubles and although Lewis has had his number to an extent in the past, I can’t see this being his night what with outside circumstances not doing him any favours either.
Finally Steve Beaton faces Mervyn King following the Adonis’ surprise victory over Raymond van Barneveld last night. Beaton was in spectacular form against the great Dutchman and will be delighted with the win; this will be in contrast to the stormy mood King was in after yet more crowd abuse during his narrowest of wins over Terry Jenkins. This difference in attitude could just see Beaton upset the odds against King and make the last eight and at 6/4 he looks good value to do that.
Simon Whitlock (-3.5) to win @ 11/10 with Sky Bet
Steve Beaton to win @ 6/4 with Paddy Power