Finns to keep on flying
After a predictable start to the 2013 World Cup of Darts everything got a little out of hand on Saturday evening as favourite tumbled out of the competition to less fancied nations at every turn.
With the Aussies and the Dutch now out of the tournament England are odds-on favourites to retain their trophy but given what has happened so far there may not be too many people putting their life savings on messes Taylor and Lewis.
Behind England in the odds are the Belgians who sprung a serious surprise on Saturday as they thrashed Australia 5-1 with the performance of the tournament to date. Averaging over 100 in a doubles contest is a serious achievement and the Huybrechts brothers are now certainly contenders to get their hands on the trophy.
They face Croatia in the quarter-finals who were not as impressive as the Belgians but they have done extremely well to make it to this point having defeated the odds to beat Northern Ireland at the last stage. Robert Marijanovic has a great future in the game but it doesn’t look like him and Tonci Restovic have much of a future in this event with the Belgians brimming with confidence after their big win. The quarter-finals are played over two singles contests followed by a doubles clash if the game is level after the singles. Marijanovic could well win his singles but the doubles would certainly go the way of Belgium so their price of 1/6 looks about right and should probably be left alone unless you’ve got plenty in the bank.
The second contest sees Wales take on Spain both of whom were in great form on Saturday evening. The Welsh did not miss a single dart at a double as they defeated Canada which is an incredible performance whilst Spain seeing off Scotland was another of the big upsets. If Burnett and Webster keep up their finishing antics then no one will be able to beat them but they won’t be able to and Rodriguez and Alcinas are capable of pouncing on any opportunities as they proved against Scotland.
The two Welsh world champions should win this one but of the four contests on Sunday afternoon Spain are probably the best value of any team. They are 3/1 with Boyle Sports and that could be worth a punt.
Next up is England taking on Japan and although the Japanese have been quite impressive thus far they won’t be able to get near Lewis and Taylor. England have had their scare as South Africa pushed them all the way but they will be focussed again and in singles rather than doubles competition they won’t have any trouble. Japan are a massive 14/1 to spring a surprise but it isn’t really worth touching.
The final contest is the tightest to call of the day as Finland face Germany in one that really could go either way. The Finns victory over Netherlands was the biggest of all the surprises yesterday and they are clearly capable of competing with the best in the world. Germany haven’t really been tested as yet and although they have been solid enough it is Finland who have played the more spectacular stuff. It is a little surprising that Komula and Haavisto are the second favourites for this one and at 6/5 with Betfred look a great bet.
Finland to win @ 6/5 with Betfred