Waites to lay down an early marker
As round one draws towards a close on Monday evening, there are still a hat-trick of top quality contests to play before the draw for the last 16 is complete including the tournament favourite in action.
The first match on Monday night should be a really close one between two very solid if unspectacular players in Geert de Vos and Tony Eccles. Both have claimed open titles this year with de Vos winning the German and Eccles the Scottish tournaments so each man has plenty of experience in getting over the winning line in recent times.
Eccles returned to the BDO at the start of 2012 after a foray into the PDC that ultimately proved unsuccessful, but the experience he gained on the other side of the tracks will be invaluable when he returns to the Lakeside stage.
It is the Viper who is favourite for the match at best price 8/11 with Sporting Bet with de Vos generally around 5/4 with most bookies. The Belgian impressed on this stage last year though on debut as he beat Tony West first up and then lost a very competitive match with Christian Kist so he cannot be ruled out.
It’s certainly one that’s tough to call, and with so little between the players it could well go all the way and the 7/4 with Sky Bet for it to go to five sets looks a distinct possibility.
The next clash is an England versus Scotland affair as Paul Jennings faces Ross Montgomery with the latter a strong favourite to progress. Montgomery is much the more experienced player but Jennings reached the quarter-finals here last year, a stage the Scotsman has never managed.
The pair have won a number of open titles between them over the last couple of years and are both under-rated players on the circuit so it could well be a high quality contest. It is understandable that Montgomery is the favourite but at a price of 2/1 with Bet Victor, Jennings looks a very generous price.
The headline act of the evening sees tournament favourite Scott Waites facing experienced Dutchman Willy van de Wiel with the Yorkshireman a red hot favourite to make it into the second round.
Waites has never been beyond the last eight at Lakeside but he has established himself as one of the most feared opponents in the BDO and although van de Wiel has some pedigree, Waites should not have any trouble with despatching him.
The Dutchman has been here plenty of times before and has been to round two on three occasions including last year but he could well be on the end of a heavy defeat from Waites who is desperate for success at the world championships, and is in great form having won the Czech Open just over a month ago. The Englishman to win 3-0 is 7/5 with Coral and he could well produce the whitewash and lay down a marker for the tournament.
Paul Jennings to win @ 2/1 with BetVictor
Scott Waites to win 3-0 @ 7/5 with Coral
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