Barney v Whitlock: Momentum is with Dutchman
Raymond van Barneveld arrives in Bournemouth this Thursday buoyed by back-to-back wins in the weekend’s UK Open qualifiers and looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Last week the big Dutchman lost out to Phil Taylor in a match that could have had a very different outcome had he hit one of the eight missed doubles to level the match at 4-4 in leg eight. But the most positive thing to come out of that defeat is that it didn’t effect his confidence going forwards and he was able to bounce back with a run of 15 wins, including a nine-darter, in Barnsley.
Simon Whitlock was one of the casualties of Barney’s rampant form at the weekend, but goes into this Thursday’s match two points better off than his opponent in the Premier League table. Neither can be certain of their semi-final berths but a win for either would go a long way to enhancing their claims.
The first area to look at from a betting perspective is BetVictor’s unique market on which player will have the highest three-dart average. When the pair met on the opening night of the Premier League and battled out a 7-7 draw Barney’s 102.58 average eclipsed Whitlock’s 95.8. Since then only Taylor and Adrian Lewis have outscored Barney in this area and the overall tournament stats show the Dutchman more than four points better off than his Australian counterpart. Take the 4/6 available on Van Barneveld to have the better three-dart average this Thursday.
Secondly, Barney looks ripe for backing in the Match Odds markets where Boylesports offer a best price of 13/10. With the momentum in the five-time world champion’s favour we can see him draw level on points with his opponent by the end of the night.
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