Huybrechts to hit the Jackpot early
With only the top 16 players in the world involved in The Masters there is no shortage of high quality first round matches but arguably the standout encounter is between Kim Huybrechts and Adrian Lewis.
Huybrechts is the man in-form at the moment having won a Players Championship in Killarney and the Dutch Darts Masters in just two weeks and his confidence will be sky high coming into this one; despite this though he is second favourite against Lewis at a best price of 17/11 with Bwin.
Jackpot is, of course, a superb player but after his summer burst in form which saw him win the European Championship and reach the Matchplay final, he is back to his usual patchy self. Surprisingly, he has a very poor record against the Belgian as well, winning just two and losing five of their clashes. As such Huybrechts looks an excellent bet at a generous price of 17/11.
Another potential show-stopper is the battle between regular combatants Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright. Such has been the regularity of these two reaching the latter stages of events this year, they have met an amazing 12 times in competition in 2013. MVG has had the better of those contests and is unsurprisingly the 4/11 favourite for this one with Boyle Sports.
Wright will be fired up for this one in the country he represents in the World Cup and this could be a really high quality affair. It is a race to six and I expect this to go to at least nine legs and potentially all the way to 11. In that time these two could hit plenty of maximums and over 5.5 is odds-on in most places but 11/10 with Ladbrokes and that looks good value.
The final match of the evening is also an attractive sounding affair between Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld. Both have had a funny time of it of late in terms of form being very up and down and it is a difficult one to call.
Barney is the marginal favourite and the rampant support he always receives in Scotland could just be enough to push him to victory. With a -1.5 handicap the Dutchman is 6/4 with Paddy Power and with the self-belief the Edinburgh crowd will give him, he is worth backing at that.
Elsewhere Justin Pipe has every chance of beating Wes Newton at a best price of 6/5 with Sky Bet and Robert Thornton could well oust Andy Hamilton at 11/10 with William Hill in front of his home crowd.
However, James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Phil Taylor cannot provide too much value as they should see off Kevin Painter, Mervyn King and Terry Jenkins respectively.
Kim Huybrechts to win @ 17/11 with Bwin
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen over 5.5 180s @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes
Raymond van Barneveld (-1.5) to win @ 6/4 with Paddy Power
Justin Pipe to win @ 6/5 with Sky Bet