Barney v Wade: Play hard or go home
The knockout stages of the Premier League aren’t officially until next Thursday, but this match between James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld is effectively a quarter-final eliminator.
Victory for either player will secure a top-four finish and end the other’s Premier League campaign, while a draw would favour Wade, who would stay above Barney in the table with a share of the points, but could still see both players eliminated.
The Machine came out on top when the players met earlier in the campaign as he nabbed an 8-6 victory in the deciding leg. Overall it was a tight match with Wade being the better player before the break and Barney coming back at him after the interval. I expect that this one will be a similarly tight match and perhaps a look at the overall legs markets will provide the best betting opportunity.
Sky Bet are offering odds of 4/6 on there being more than 12.5 legs in the match. That translates to both players winning at least five legs and I think we can be fairly confident of that.
In long matches it is also often a wise ploy to go big on the number of maximums the players hit. In the aforementioned meeting there were eight 180s, but Boylesports are offering Evens on there being more than 6.5 in this match. Another bet worth staying on the right side of.
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