Pipe to win dance-off with Petersen
The final second round match at the PDC World Championship is played on Friday lunchtime and it sees one of the stars of the first round Devon Petersen take on Justin Pipe for a place in the last 16.
The South African Petersen won armies of new fans with his dancing skills and backed it up by not only winning his preliminary contest but then knocking out Steve Beaton in the last 64. In truth though, although there were eye-catching parts of his performance, it was quite patchy and would need to be drastically improved if he is to advance any further in the competition.
Pipe was not at his best either in round one but still cantered to a 3-0 win over a totally out-of-sorts Arron Monk so he will have no qualms over his form. The Somerset man is rightly the hot favourite for this one and it will certainly be the end of the line for the likeable Petersen. The South African can certainly get a set on the board but that might well be it and we should back Pipe with a -2.5 handicap at 19/20 with Boyle Sports.
Then the third round begins and it kicks off with a game that few would have expected to see at this stage but should be a real cracker between Ian White and Richie Burnett. The Welshman has looked in great form so far, knocking out Dean Winstanley and Andy Hamilton whilst White has also been impressively consistent defeating Kyle Anderson and Kim Huybrechts.
White is the favourite and given his consistency on the tour over the last couple of years compared to Burnett then you can see why. The Prince of Wales certainly has the ability to beat Diamond White but you get the impression that more often than not he would fail to do so given his slightly unpredictable level of performance. It could go right to the wire so it is probably better to avoid the handicap but just backing White to win at 8/11 with Stan James is the worthwhile bet.
Finally on Friday afternoon comes another potential highlight of the tournament as Robert Thornton takes on Wes Newton for a place in the quarter-finals. Thornton is the favourite and is many people’s tip to reach the final from the top half of the draw but the Warrior is more than capable of beating him and if he performs as he did against John Part in the last round then he could just do so. The Thorn is a short best price at 4/6 and what is a much safer bet is this one going beyond 5.5 sets which is available at 8/13 with Sky Bet and is nailed on.
Justin Pipe (-2.5) to win @ 19/20 with Boyle Sports
Ian White to win @ 8/11 with Stan James
Robert Thornton v Wes Newton over 5.5 sets @ 8/13 with Sky Bet
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