Anderson v Walsh: End of the line for Special Brew
Few would have predicted this to be one of the semi-final contests this weekend, but Mark Walsh has fought doggedly since day one of the tournament when he beat Tony O’Shea and thoroughly deserves to be up on the oche with a bang in-form Gary Anderson, competing for a place in the final.
Special Brew’s victory over O’Shea last Saturday was his biggest of the tournament (winning by three legs) which shows how competitive all his matches have been, especially in the longer formats of the knockout stages. His narrow victories over BDO pair Dean Winstanley and Ted Hankey will have taken a lot out of him, but no doubt given him confidence and belief in himself when under pressure.
Walsh is ranked 12 in the world, and no matter what happens in the semi-final, is guaranteed to rise to at least 10th, supplanting Mervyn King and Terry Jenkins, which shows he is of immense quality, however, it is still a big surprise to see him at this stage of a premier event. The 46-year-old is very consistent, but has only ever reached one televised semi-final in the past, at the UK Open back in 2005, so his experience at this level is minimal to say the least.
Gary Anderson, in comparison, is no stranger to this stage of major tournaments, just this year he reached the final of the World Championships and won the Premier League. There was some concern about the form and state of mind of the Flying Scotsman when he lost his opener to Nigel Heydon, but he has re-grouped since then and blown away everyone in his path on the way to the semis.
Unsurprisingly Anderson is heavy favourite for the clash with best price being 1/6, and although I mentioned that Walsh’s matches have all been nip and tuck so far, I don’t think this one will be, so I would back Anderson to win with -4.5 handicap at 4/6 with William Hill.
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