Anderson v Painter: Artist unlikely to make an impression
Gary Anderson produced the performance of the first round in seeing of Michael van Gerwen 6-0 with a 106 three-dart average on Friday night.
The Flying Scotsman hit four maximums and six 140s in just six legs of darts to see of the Dutchman with a 60% checkout rate. Having taken a short break from the game since the Grand Slam, where he openly admitted to being disillusioned with darts, he looked to be back to his very best.
Kevin Painter, on the other hand, came through his first round match in a rather understated fashion. A 90.23 three-dart average was enough to see off an out-of-sorts Colin Osborne in a match that was instantly forgettable.
“Both of us got bogged down a bit and there's a lot of respect between us but I probably deserved to win it,” said Painter after the match.
The Artist will be hoping that he can “bog down” Gary Anderson this Saturday evening. Painter is proficient in the darker side of gamesmanship and will be trying every trick in the book to knock Anderson off his stride.
But, while he likes to dish it out, Painter isn’t always the most capable of dealing with the mental side of the game. Providing Anderson can get off to a good start I see no reason why he will not oblige at short odds of 1/6.
There is, however, no value in backing the Scot at such short odds. The value in this match lies in Victor Chandler’s three-dart average market where we can get odds of 5/6 on Anderson coming away with an average in excess of 97.5. The longer format means it is difficult to see him hitting the heady heights of his first round match, but he is still more than capable of posting a three-figure number.
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