O'Shea and Waites set for a classic
The BDO world championships comes to what should be a thrilling climax on Sunday night as undoubtedly the two best players in the organisation clash to become the 2013 champion of the world.
Both Tony O’Shea and Scott Waites have been in sensational form over the tournament and much like in the PDC event there is no doubt that the two finalists thoroughly deserve to be there and we could well be in for a classic between these two fantastic players.
Waites has been the favourite since odds were first produced for the competition so it is no surprise that he is odds-on to win the final, but the stunning form of O’Shea means there isn’t a great deal in it. Waites is a best price of 8/13 with Paddy Power whilst the Silverback is available at 6/4 with a number of bookies.
It is tough to bet against a man who has put in performances like O’Shea has over the last week with his wins over Robbie Green and Wesley Harms in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
Waites has been similarly impressive though and you will rarely see a more dominant performance in a semi-final than his 6-1 win over Richie George on Saturday evening and having conceded only four sets on his run to the final is an incredible achievement.
The pair have never met on the Lakeside stage before but they have in other tournaments around the world and they have a very even record. They last met in the PDC’s Grand Slam of Darts back in 2011 and it was O’Shea who triumphed in the tightest of contests with a 5-4 win. He just has the edge in the record as well so although many would fear Waites on stage, O’Shea certainly won’t.
He also has the edge in terms of experience having been in the final of the world championships twice before whereas this is the Yorkshireman’s first appearance in the showpiece event. O’Shea has of course lost those two previous finals including last year’s though so whilst experience seems like a plus he may still be bearing scars from these disappointing past performances.
All-in-all it is a very level contest between these two and as mentioned, with the form each man has been showing it is difficult to back one over the other. What is safe to say though is that neither will be able to dominate the other and we are set for a long match. Over 11.5 sets is the benchmark in the odds which would mean the result would have to be 7-5 or closer to either man. This looks very feasible indeed as it was the scoreline that O’Shea lost by in the final last year and at 5/4 looks a great price.
Tony O’Shea v Scott Waites Over 11.5 sets @ 5/4 with Bet365
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