Wade v Anderson: In form duo could produce epic
After a first round that was dominated by the favourites there will be plenty hoping that the underdogs will have their day in the last 16 of the World Matchplay in Blackpool starting on Tuesday night.
The pick of the contests on Tuesday, and arguably of the last 16 as a whole is James Wade taking on Gary Anderson after both put in sensational performances in their opening bouts. Both managed averages of over 97 as Wade saw off John Part and Anderson despatched Mervyn King so both will be full of confidence going into this one.
The best news for Anderson fans is that he managed a checkout rate of over 50% which really is a sign that he is on song and when he is hitting his doubles he is a match for absolutely anyone on the planet.
The Scot also has much the better record in the head-to-head between the two so his best price of 13/8 with Bet Victor does look a big one given the circumstances. However, there is something about Wade at the Winter Gardens and it is his record here that the bookies will have had in mind when making him the odds-on favourite.
Wade will probably just edge it but with Anderson on form then it will be a very tight one and could go all the way. In a race to 13 legs, over 22.5 is very much a possibility and looks good value at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
The first match on Tuesday evening sees Simon Whitlock take on Kevin Painter and whilst the bookies only see one winner (Whitlock) it should be closer than many think. The Aussie should win given recent form but, barring the odd battering from Phil Taylor, Painter does not suffer many heavy defeats these days and will always make it difficult for his opponents. Over 21.5 legs at 11/10 with Paddy Power looks a reasonable bet.
Then comes a clash between two of the stars of the first round as Raymond van Barneveld meets Justin Pipe. Both men averaged over 99 in their opening matches in Blackpool so will be raring to go for this one. Interestingly it is Pipe who has the better of the head-to-head between the two from their three meetings so far and given his first round blitz of Mark Webster that makes his 11/4 with Bet365 look a very big price. Barney is one that will struggle with the slow pace of the Force and although it is a bit of a punt, especially given Raymond’s good form, Pipe is the value bet in this one.
Finally an old rivalry is renewed as Phil Taylor takes on Terry Jenkins and again both men were in tremendous form in their first matches; the Power clocked a 103 average whilst the Bull hammered in seven 180s to set up this clash. However, Jenkins’ woeful record against the world number one sees him given little chance to make it to the last eight and it is very difficult to find any value in this one. Taylor will win but the handicap market is a little harsh on Jenks given his good form so all in all this could be one to avoid.
Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter over 21.5 legs @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
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