Taylor has too much for in form Asset
The second round of the World Grand Prix gets started on Tuesday night and little has changed in terms of betting on the tournament winner after Phil Taylor’s strong performance in round one.
The Power was pushed hard by Jamie Caven but looked very good as he recorded a 2-1 win and now faces Paul Nicholson in the last 16 who also performed sensationally first up as he defeated Robert Thornton.
This contest has the potential to be the match of the round but also to see Taylor trounce the Asset as he did at the same stage back in 2011 when the world number one romped to a 3-0 win.
Nicholson appears to be playing too well for that to happen again though and if he can replicate the near-three figure average he achieved in the first round then he has every chance of pulling off a big upset. Having said that, Taylor does not look like losing, making the search for value a tricky one in this contest.
It is a slim price but the 8/11 offered by Bet365 on the match going to over 3.5 sets looks really nailed on with the Asset playing well and can be backed with confidence.
The first match of the evening sees James Wade taking on one of the surprise packages of the first round Connie Finnan (although we tipped up a win for the Irishman). Finnan did well to knock out Terry Jenkins first up but in truth the Bull just played really poorly and it will have to be a much improved performance from the new local hero to trouble Wade.
The Machine was not at his best against Steve Beaton in round one and could have gone out with the Adonis missing a dart for the match but he will improve and is quite rightly a miniscule 1/6 with William Hill to win this one.
Wade does have the propensity to go to sleep occasionally in matches though and there was not a single 3-0 win in the second round last year so Finnan, as long as he does not choke, should be able to get a set on the board. We are not in the habit of recommending correct scores but Wade 3-1 Finnan looks a great price at 9/4 with Bwin.
The clash between Gary Anderson and Wes Newton should be an absolute cracker after Anderson put in the performance of the first round in terms of a three-dart average and Newton looked very solid indeed in upsetting the odds against Peter Wright.
The Flying Scotsman was incredible against Jelle Klaasen, not dropping a leg as he clocked an average of 104.86 which saw his tournament odds shrink to a best of 20/1 with Betfred.
We have seen this all before from Anderson though and the fact he has produced such a display is no surprise to anyone, what will be a shock is if he keeps it up which he regularly fails to do. Newton is the much more reliable player which is why he may not have won a major like Anderson has, but he is consistently above him in the world rankings.
If Anderson plays as he did in round one he will win but it seems unlikely making Newton great value at 5/4 with Ladbrokes to win.
The final match of the night sees Simon Whitlock meet Ronnie Baxter and both will need to improve from the first round after poor displays saw them scrape through their contests against Mickey Mansell and Colin Lloyd respectively.
Given how bad Whitlock was against Mansell his odds to beat Baxter are incredibly short and the Rocket is certainly worth backing with a +1.5 handicap at 11/10 with Boyle Sports when the same bet is odds-on in most other places.
Phil Taylor v Paul Nicholson over 3.5 sets @ 8/11 with Bet365
James Wade 3-1 Connie Finnan @ 9/4 with Bwin
Wes Newton to win @ 5/4 with Ladbrokes
Ronnie Baxter (+1.5) to win @ 11/10 with Boyle Sports
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