Chisnall v Van Barneveld: One for the Ages
Arguably the pick of the quarter-finals as a man destined for greatness takes on a legend of the oche who has been there done that and got the t-shirt. A victory for Dave Chisnall on Sunday in Bolton would put Dave Chisnall one step closer further along that journey to achieving what Raymond van Barneveld has managed.
Chizzy would have been relatively pleased with his third and fourth round draws and duly did enough to see-off Mark Layton and Dennis Smith without too many dramas, but the real test came on Saturday evening when he took on the in-form and dangerous Simon Whitlock.
Chisnall needed to up his game and, showing signs of a really top player, he did just that, posting a three-figure average to claim a fairly comfortable 9-5 victory against a man who was being tipped by some to be lifting the trophy on Sunday evening.
Eric Bristow tipped him to be a top eight player some time ago, and with his march up the rankings gathering pace, it looks like the Crafty Cockney may have judged this one just right.
Things won’t get much tougher for the former BDO world finalist than Raymond van Barneveld though who is showing signs of being somewhere near his brilliant best.
Barney swatted aside his fellow Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in round three and then made a win over Andy Hamilton look pretty easy with a 9-5 victory that oozed class. Things weren’t nearly as straight forward against Peter Wright in the last 16 and the five time world champ had to come back from the brink to win three consecutive legs and pinch the win, but he won’t mind how he does it, as long as he’s in the last eight.
What might be worrying him though is the 93.4 average he posted against Wright, which if Chisnall maintains his scoring form won’t be anything like enough to keep him in the game.
Taking this into account, and the fact that Chisnall beat Barney in a Pro Tour event just last month, the Englishman has been made a narrow favourite for this one by the bookies. I can certainly see Chisnall doing it, but there is more grit about Barney at the minute than there has been in recent times, I can’t see him being blown away so I expect a tight and high quality encounter whoever claims victory.
Over 16.5 legs @ 10/11 with Sky Bet
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