Caven v Scholten: Jabba the punt
One of the more intriguing of the first round ties at the Alexandra Palace sees two men who have really struggled for form in recent times look to turn it around on the biggest stage of all.
Roland Scholten has been struggling for what seems like forever now and has not really made much of an impact since reaching the Premier League final back in 2006. Injuries to his neck and shoulder have hampered him along the way and he has never been able to get the form back that made him a real force in the PDC between 2001 and 2006.
This dramatic downturn has seen him drop right down to 49 in the world and few will fancy him to make a glorious return to prominence this Christmas in London.
Fans of Jamie Caven may argue more vociferously about him being out of form as he has performed reasonably consistently this year, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to make an impression in the big tournaments.
Winning a Players Championship back in February should have set Jabba up nicely for the year but he has not been past the last 32 in a major event since, a pretty disappointing return for someone ranked 18 in the world.
I would think that this is the stage Caven will get to at the World Championships as well as I expect him to see off Scholten but can’t see him getting past his likely opponent Wayne Jones in the second round.
Caven is quite rightly favourite for the match although I think getting him at 4/6 isn’t too stingy a price and suggest backing him for an early Christmas bonus.
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