Part and Bull to go the distance
There are some real darting thoroughbreds on show on Friday evening at the Alexandra Palace, none more so of course, than the 15 time champion of the world, but starting the night off with Terry Jenkins taking on John Part is about as good as any evening’s entertainment gets.
Both men enjoyed comfortable whitewash victories in round one and will be brimming with confidence as a result, but each will also know they are very much up against it now. Despite both now qualifying for veteran status they have never met at the worlds before, they have met on the big stage a number of times though and Jenks has the edge having won five of their eight clashes across the Matchplay, Grand Prix and Premier League.
It is the Bull that is favourite for this one but Part does not give up and as James Wade experienced in last year’s quarter-final, will not be shaken off. If ever there were two men who you could see battling a darts match out to the death it may well be Terry Jenkins and John Part, so for it to go to seven sets looks a distinct possibility at 9/4 with bet365.
The second clash of the night sees one of the form horses of the tournament Robert Thornton facing Paul Nicholson in what Eric Bristow would have you believe is a foregone conclusion in favour of the Thorn. He is indeed a strong favourite and so impressive was he in round one that whilst previously he could be backed at 50/1 for the tournament he is now best priced 33/1, but it is rarely an easy game against the Asset.
Nicholson enjoyed a 3-0 win in round one as did Thornton but his was not nearly as dominant as the Scots and that is why he is lagging behind in the odds at 7/4 with Thornton at 8/15. At another time there would have been a different feeling about this one but at the minute the Scotsman is very much on an upward curve whilst the Asset is stagnating a little. Thornton to win by two looks about right for this one so the -1.5 handicap at 11/10 with Paddy Power looks a good bet.
Finally we have the aforementioned 15-time champ, Phil Taylor and he is taking on one of the standout performers of round one Jerry Hendriks. The Dutchman was very good indeed in his 3-0 win over Wayne Jones first up and will have no pressure at all on his shoulders as he takes on the Power. This will not mean he will win though as his odds of 15/1 suggest. He is more than capable of taking a set off the great man with Taylor still not at his peak and the evens offered on over 4.5 sets by Sky Bet looks very generous indeed, especially considering Hotdog took seven legs off Taylor at this year’s European Championship.
Terry Jenkins v John Part over 6 sets @ 9/4 with Bet365
Rob Thornton (-1.5) to win @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
Phil Taylor v Jerry Hendriks over 4.5 sets @ evens with Sky Bet
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