Webster in trouble against Suljovic
There are plenty of big names in action on Thursday night and the one in the most serious danger of suffering an upset defeat is Mark Webster who takes on the dangerous Austrian Mensur Suljovic.
Webster has had a shocking year on the tour and is fast sliding down the rankings. The semi-final run at the World Cup aside he has reached just one quarter-final all season and that was in a European Tour event, certainly not a major. The Welshman has a tremendous history in the World Championships but that is failing him as well with a first and a second round exit in the last two years.
Suljovic has had a much more encouraging year and is ascending rather than descending the world rankings. He has reached a semi-final in both a Player Championship and European Tour event which is much more than Webster can say. The Austrian can be quite unpredictable and when he is off his game his unusual action seems to hamper him quite badly but given the form of Webby, Suljovic looks a great price at 7/4 with Bet Victor.
Another seed who will not have it all his own way on Thursday night is James Wade who meets a resurgent Darren Webster. The former quarter-finalist Webster had a very quiet couple of years before his return to the World Championships 12 months ago but he has had a cracking year on the Tour and has been a regular in the latter stages of competition.
Wade is not always reliable in blowing away opponents that he is expected to and this one could go all the way. The best bet though is on Over 3.5 sets which is available at EVENS with Paddy Power which seems a sensational price.
The preliminary match of the night is between two young talents in Dutchman Gino Vos and Hong Kong thrower Royden Lam. Vos is the rightful favourite at 8/13 with Boyle Sports but Lam certainly has the game to push him. There is not a lot of value in this one as it could go quite tight but Vos could also turn on the style, the only bet to be confident in is the Dutchman to win. The winner goes on to meet Wes Newton and could well push the Warrior with the confidence they gain first up.
Finally Kevin Painter is hot favourite to see-off the German Tomas Seyler who in all honesty is not up to much. The Artist has not been in the best of form either which is the only reason not to back a 3-0 victory but the Englishman with a -1.5 handicap still looks like a very solid bet indeed at 4/6 with Bet365.
Mensur Suljovic to win @ 7/4 with Bet Victor
James Wade v Darren Webster over 3.5 sets @ EVENS with Paddy Power
Gino Vos to win @ 8/13 with Boyle Sports
Kevin Painter to win (-1.5) @ 4/6 with Bet365
• MVG must hit the heights to beat Wright
• Lewis to get the better of MVG
• Wade and Lewis set for another classic
• Newton can out-180 Wright
• Saturday afternoon to be a 180-fest
• Whitlock and Painter to fire in the maximums
• Pipe to win dance-off with Petersen
• Jackpot and Dutch Destroyer to turn on the style
• Part no pushover for Newton
• Painter and Nicholson to go all the way
• Taylor bullied and beaten by Smith
• Burnett can push the Hammer in round two
• Barney and Caven could produce classic
• Bomber Brown to destroy Smith
• MVG and Whitlock to stroll through
• Baxter to be swamped by Evans
• Caven to out Klaas Jelle
• Nicholson and Kellett could go all the way
• Walsh in trouble against Komula
• Wright and Cullen can steal the show
• Taylor will prove he is still King of the world