Caven to out Klaas Jelle
They might not be the biggest names on display on Sunday evening but without a doubt the headline act of the night is the clash between Jamie Caven and Jelle Klaasen which should be a fast-paced cracker.
Neither man hangs around on the oche and both are capable of absolute brilliance as they have both shown in patches this season. It is Caven that has been much the more consistent in recent months though and is playing the best darts of his career at the moment which former world champion Klaasen cannot say.
It is for that reason that the Englishman is the favourite at 8/11 with Stan James whilst the Dutchman is behind at 11/8 with Sporting Bet. They seem fair prices with Caven the likely winner but Klaasen likely to push him and everyone watching will be hoping he takes him all the way to five sets.
Both are a little unpredictable which makes it difficult to find too much value so the safest punt is simply to take Caven to win at 8/11.
The biggest name of the night is Raymond van Barneveld who should not be too troubled by the Welsh youngster Jamie Lewis. The 22-year-old made it to the Ally Pally thanks largely to a run to the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy but he hasn’t pulled up too many trees other than that in his career to date.
Barney has not regained his successes in the majors which he craves for but he has another impressive season and picked up a rare Pro Tour win in October which shows he is in fine form. The five-time world champ will have no problems in dispatching Lewis and should be backed to win 3-0 at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
The first match of the night sees Dave Chisnall meet Big John Henderson and it should be a pretty straight forward night for Chizzy Rascal. The Englishman at first looked to be knocked by his hammering in the Grand Prix final at the hands of Phil Taylor but yet another win on the Pro Tour has seen him get back on track. Henderson was something of a force a couple of years ago but is not so much of a danger at this stage.
Chisnall is renowned for his 180 hitting but he will not have to be at his best for the win over the Scotsman on Sunday and under 8.5 maximums in the match looks a great price at 10/11 with Ladbrokes.
The preliminary contest on Sunday sees Colin Osborne take on Dane Dennis Lindskjold and it should really be the Englishman that has no problem making it into the first round proper. Ozzy to win with a -2.5 handicap looks a good bet at 11/8 with Bet365 and he will go on to meet Brendan Dolan later in the evening.
Jamie Caven to win @ 8/11 with Stan James
Raymond van Barneveld to win 3-0 @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
Dave Chisnall v John Henderson under 8.5 180s @ 10/11 with Ladbrokes
Colin Osborne to win (-2.5) @ 11/8 with Bet365
• MVG must hit the heights to beat Wright
• Lewis to get the better of MVG
• Wade and Lewis set for another classic
• Newton can out-180 Wright
• Saturday afternoon to be a 180-fest
• Whitlock and Painter to fire in the maximums
• Pipe to win dance-off with Petersen
• Jackpot and Dutch Destroyer to turn on the style
• Part no pushover for Newton
• Painter and Nicholson to go all the way
• Taylor bullied and beaten by Smith
• Burnett can push the Hammer in round two
• Barney and Caven could produce classic
• Webster in trouble against Suljovic
• Bomber Brown to destroy Smith
• MVG and Whitlock to stroll through
• Baxter to be swamped by Evans
• Nicholson and Kellett could go all the way
• Walsh in trouble against Komula
• Wright and Cullen can steal the show
• Taylor will prove he is still King of the world