Baxter v Farmer: Tight match to produce maximums

I expect Baxter to progress to the second round, but after a bit of a struggle

He might not be the kind of established name that Ronnie Baxter is in the world of darts, but Steve Farmer has some substantial pedigree, and no one will have been hoping for his name to come out of the hat as their first round opponent.

As any professional will tell you, a win on the Pro Tour means you are a top player, and Farmer has a win to his name, coming last year in Holland. Back in his BDO days he also reached the semi-final of the World Masters in 2006, providing further proof he can really mix it with the big boys.

2011 looked like it might be Farmer’s breakthrough year in the PDC as he reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals played back in January, impressively navigating a route past Mark Walsh, Colin Osbourne and Colin Lloyd before narrowly losing out to Gary Anderson in the final four.

Unfortunately the success hasn’t quite followed as he hasn’t appeared in a major since and just a couple of Pro Tour quarter-finals have been the highlights leaving him ranked 40 in the world, when maybe it looked like he would make a burst for the top 32.

Baxter has had a more successful year, but by his high standards, still fairly uninspiring. He will be delighted with his two wins on the Pro Tour, both coming away from home, in Germany and Canada. However, he has failed to make an impact in the premier events, only getting past the last 32 once, and that was just to the last 16 stage in the European Championships. Considering he is ranked 13 in the world, this is a pretty disappointing return.

Understandably, the vastly more experienced Rocket is a heavy favourite for the match and is best priced 4/11, with the best you can get on Farmer at 9/4. I expect Baxter to progress to the second round, but after a bit of a struggle that could last five sets, and due to a lengthy match I would expect more than 6.5 180s, which you can get at evens. Judging by the standard of the tournament so far this looks like a pretty generous price.

Recommended Bet:

Over 6.5 180s @ Evens with Bet365

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 17/12/2011 - 10:44 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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