Favourites to prosper on Saturday night
There are three heavy odds-on favourites in Saturday’s evening session but as everyone now knows, there are next to no certainties when it comes to the PDC world championships, especially when it gets to the second round stage.
First up will be Wes Newton taking on the ever-confident and regularly impressive Scott Rand in what could be a feisty contest. Rand is a fantastic entertainer and most importantly a fantastic player as he proved in his thrilling win over his good friend Kim Huybrechts in round one. A near 98 average to couple his fairly bizarre levels of crowd interaction make Rand a real prospect in terms of talent and in terms of popularity.
Newton, of course, is a fantastic performer himself though and was deservedly seeded sixth for this competition after two or three incredibly consistent years on the circuit. This could feasibly go either way if Rand can get a head of steam going but Newton’s experience on the big stage will have to give him the edge and it has to be remembered that Rand was thoroughly impressive last year in the first round only to flop in the second. Newton to win by two looks good at 6/5 with bet365.
The next contest is pretty nailed on if we are all being honest. As I said before there are no real foregone conclusions in the PDC world championships but there would be no one outside of the Osborne family who will be backing Ozzy for this one. Simon Whitlock will see off Osborne just as he saw off his claim to the nickname the Wizard on Saturday evening.
There is not a great deal of value in this one to bet on so that is why betting on a score line may be an appropriate course of action for this one. 4-1 to Whitlock sounds like the most likely result and that is 5/2 with Ladbrokes. It is never worth going to heavy on a score line but this one could definitely be worth a punt.
Finally on Saturday we see the reigning champion Adrian Lewis taking on Dennis Ovens in what is the heaviest odds-on contest of the round with Jackpot at 1/12 to beat the Heat. Lewis will certainly win this one but he rarely makes it easy for himself and with the solid arrows of Ovens to compete with he could easily lose a couple of sets. Ovens will never win this clash, but him to make it very nervy for the world champ looks good value at 7/4 with Boyle Sports with a -2.5 handicap.
Wes Newton (-1.5) to win @ 6/5 with Bet365
Simon Whitlock 4-1 Colin Osborne @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes
Dennis Ovens (+2.5) @ 7/4 with Boylesports
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• Priestley to roll back the years
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• Rodriguez or Bowles to steal the show
• Dolan to continue stellar form
• Part and Cullen could deliver an epic
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• Hammer has sights set on title
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