England v Canada: Three world champs do battle
Canada came through a scrappy opening round match against Hungary to set up a second round tie against England that will include three World Champions.
Ken MacNeill could be forgiven for feeling a little out of his depth when he steps on to the stage this Friday evening. The 36-year-old, currently ranked number 98 in the world, will stand toe-to-toe with three of the greatest players ever to throw a dart, a trio of men who have no fewer than 20 world titles between them.
Despite their early exit at the 2010 PDC World Cup there is no reason to oppose England here, and odds of 1/7 accurately reflect Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis’s chances of progressing to the next round, but there may be some value in taking on the number one seeds in one of the individual matches.
Lewis is made the 4/11 favourite to win his singles match against John Part, who is 2/1 to prevail. Both of these men can be accused of lacking enthusiasm in certain tournaments from time to time, and given the short, best-of-seven-legs format there really should be greater parity in the odds.
The world champion won the last meeting between the pair 10-8 when they crossed paths at the last-16 stage of the Grand Slam of Darts. But Part had taken the previous meeting 2-1 in sets when they played each other at the World Grand Prix a month earlier. Both matches were as closely contested as the scorelines suggests and the head-to-head record that reads narrowly – 5-4 – in favour of Lewis adds further credence to the argument that this one could go either way.
The betting for the other singles match of the tie is as one sided as you would expect. 97 places separate Taylor and MacNeill in the rankings and some may even argue that the 1/25 on The Power is a good value bet. For big punters it is certainly a better rate of interest than you’ll get in your average bank.
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