Wesley will do some Harms to Fitton
We have two stunning quarter-finals in prospect for Thursday evening as four of the stars of the Lakeside show so far take to the stage to battle it out for a coveted spot in the semi-finals at the weekend.
There is a case to argue that the best player of the tournament thus far has been Darryl Fitton who has averaged as well as anyone to date and trumped knocking out the dangerous Benito van de Pas in round one by seeing off the number one seed Stephen Bunting in the second round.
At 50-years-old the Dazzler has a huge amount of experience on the big stage and has been at the last eight stage four times before so he knows what it is all about as they head into a best of nine sets contest.
His opponent Wesley Harms though has been at this stage of the competition much more recently than the Englishman as he reached the semis last year on debut at the world championships and he will be confident of making it two last four appearances in two years. His second round win over Alan Norris was one of the matches of the tournament as he came from 2-0 down to eventually pinch it 4-3 and he is being tipped by some to go all the way.
The Dutchman is now third favourite for the tournament with some bookies although others have Fitton just ahead of him showing how tight this contest should turn out to be.
Fitton has been impressive but there is something about Harms’ demeanour and look on stage that exudes confidence in him and it is hard to back against him with his record on the big stage. He is marginal second favourite for the match and at evens with bet365 looks great value.
The second contest has the potential to be a classic as well between two men who have thoroughly impressed in their two contests so far. Robbie Green has dropped just two sets in two matches whilst Tony O’Shea goes one better having lost just one so both are in top form heading into the last eight clash.
Neither were really tested in their comfortable second round wins but they will certainly be on Thursday and Green especially will know he is in for a tough night having never beaten the Silverback before. They have met on the Lakeside stage just once in the past with O’Shea winning at the first round stage back in 2010 and the man from Stockport has won their two other previous encounters as well.
This is part of the reason why O’Shea is strong favourite for the match and this is fair despite how well Green has been playing. The experience of Tony should help him through this one and he should win by at least a couple of sets in a race to five. He is only 10/11 on the -1.5 handicap but it looks a very safe bet to me.
Wesley Harms to win @ evens with Bet365
Tony O’Shea (-1.5) to win @ 10/11 with Sportingbet
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