Newton can out-180 Wright
The first quarter-final of the 2014 World Championship was always expected to be an England v Scotland affair but those thinking it would be Phil Taylor taking on Robert Thornton have been disappointed as in fact Wes Newton meets Peter Wright.
It is the Scot who is going into the contest as the hot favourite after a sensational 105 average in his third round win over Michael Smith. With that performance he really confirmed that he has the ability to go on and win this tournament as those figures will worry anyone, especially when produced under the pressure that Smith was putting him under. Snakebite is 8/15 with the tournament sponsors Ladbrokes and if he can repeat the stats he managed on Friday then that will be justified.
Newton, however, will have plenty to say in this one and looks to be producing a classic World Championship performance as he is steadily improving each round. He may not have hit the heights that Wright has managed in terms of averages but his displays have got better each time, culminating with a very impressive win over Thornton last time out.
The Warrior is also the more prolific 180-hitter of the two and has 15 in the tournament compared to Wright’s 12. That does not seem like a huge difference but seen as Wright as played 16 sets, only 12 maximums is a fairly meagre return. Newton is favourite with every single bookmaker to hit the most 180s in their quarter-final battle except with Sporting Bet who make him 33/20 to score the most; their generosity must not be turned down.
The second last eight battle on Saturday evening sees Simon Whitlock take on Ian White with the former being the clear favourite to progress. The Aussie has not dropped a set in the tournament so far, but oddly has not needed to be at his very best to achieve that feat. He will need to improve to keep up that record against the impressive White.
Diamond has been remarkably consistent so far which has left him with a tournament average of just over 97 after three games which is thoroughly impressive. He has shown his battling qualities against both Kim Huybrechts and Richie Burnett to go with his scoring skills which makes him a fearsome opponent.
There is little chance that Whitlock will dish out another thrashing unless he finds his very best game and White markedly drops in form. It looks like betting on number of legs could be our best way to get some value out of this one with over 29.5 available at 5/6 with Sky Bet. Either man winning 5-2 would most likely cover this bet and anything closer would certainly do it which makes it very feasible indeed.
Wes Newton most 180s v Ian White @ 33/20 with Sporting Bet
Simon Whitlock v Ian White over 29.5 legs @ 5/6 with Sky Bet
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• Lewis to get the better of MVG
• Wade and Lewis set for another classic
• 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
• Caven to out Klaas Jelle
• 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