German Darts Masters Last 16: Whitlock and Newton in fine form
The German Darts Masters is shaping up for a big finish on Monday evening with plenty of the big names playing well as we head into the last 16 in the afternoon session. The quality still in the field is shown by the favourite, Michael van Gerwen, still being available at 23/10 to win the event.
MVG should have little trouble with David Pallett in the last 16 and it is no surprise he is just 1/12 to progress to the quarter-finals. Pallett continues to show that he has a bright future in the game but beating the world champ on the big stage is beyond him at the moment.
Phil Taylor is second favourite to lift the trophy but he is set for a much more difficult start to his day when he takes on Dave Chisnall. Chizzy hit as many 180s as anyone in the second round (5) as he powered past Steve West and if he can get off to a good start then he will give the Power problems.
The world number two was not really troubled as he whitewashed Magnus Caris on Sunday so he will have to improve against his fellow Englishman. It is right Taylor is still favourite but Chisnall is a very generous best price of 3/1 with Sporting Bet and is worth a punt.
Two of the stars of Sunday’s action were Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock who were two of only three men to average over 100 (the other being MVG); Whitlock especially impressed as he ended on 108.21, the highest of the round by a mile.
Both men have testing but certainly winnable games on Monday with the Warrior meeting Steve Beaton and the Wizard playing John Henderson. If Newton and Whitlock play as they did on Sunday, or even near it, then they will win comfortable. A double on the pair can be backed at 2.27 with Paddy Power and that looks an excellent bet.
The other bit of value on Monday afternoon comes in the shape of Andrew Gilding who is still an unknown to the casual fan but is making a big name for himself on the circuit. Two Pro Tour finals already this year show that he belongs among the big boys and in games with Peter Hudson and Jamie Caven so far this event he has dropped just three legs.
Gilding takes on the excellent but unpredictable Michael Smith and if he can keep up his tournament average of 99 then he will progress. Gilding is available at EVENS with Ladbrokes and that looks tremendous value.
Dave Chisnall to win @ 3/1 with Sporting Bet
Wes Newton & Simon Whitlock Double @ 2.27 with Paddy Power
Andrew Gilding to win @ EVENS with Ladbrokes