Round one value bets in Gibraltar Darts Trophy
The first round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Friday has thrown up a lot of very one-sided games in terms of the betting, but wherever there is an odds-on favourite there is potential for a very profitable upset win.
The standout prices in round one come in matches that have thrown together experienced big stage players with top players being underrated by the bookmakers.
Firstly Mark Walsh takes on Dean Winstanley in the evening session with both seasoned campaigners having struggled a bit this year so far. Both had very disappointing UK Opens this year and will be desperately searching for some form in Gibraltar.
Winstanley’s low ranking in the PDC due to only switching from the BDO at the start of last year means that he has had to qualify for these European Tour events and he has had a pretty poor record of even making the events thus far.
Walsh is second favourite for this one but there is no reason at all why he cannot beat Over the Top who is really struggling with his game. Special Brew looks a pretty good price at 6/5 with Bet Victor although it will be tight either way.
A shot at one of the lesser known players in the draw is young Welshman Jamie Lewis who will take on Colin Osborne in Gibraltar. The world number 75 is still very inexperienced but he is becoming a more regular winner on the tour and he beat veterans Brian Woods and Barrie Bates to make it to the main draw.
Osborne has been struggling with his game for some time now and whilst he can still produce the goods he is a very inconsistent performer nowadays and if he is of his game then Lewis will capitalise. At 13/10 with Boyle Sports the Welshman looks a pretty decent price.
A good option for some profit in the first round could well be compiling an accumulator of a few favourites although the likes of Michael van Gerwen and James Wade are such low prices that they are not even worth putting in a multiple.
Three players that should not struggle in round one are Mervyn King, Ian White and Ronnie Baxter. King reached the final of the last Euro Tour event and should see-off John Henderson, White reached back-to-back last 16s in Crawley at the weekend so should not struggle with Ian White and whilst Baxter will have a test against emerging talent Matthew Edgar, the Rocket’s form at the UK Open was excellent and he should be fine. Backing these three men to win is 2.17/1 with Bet365 and that looks a good price on the experienced trio.
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