England v Wales: Form horse, odds-against
Somehow, someway, against all logic, England are in the semi-finals of the PDC World Cup. You could say that they’ve displayed battling qualities to come back from the brink twice already in this tournament. You’d be wrong, better teams than Canada and USA would put them away, England have been poor.
Now, at the semi-finals stage they will be truly tested against a Welsh side that are also a little fortunate to be here. Had Devon Petersen not miscounted when on 49 in the deciding leg of the quarter-final match between Wales and South Africa then we would now be talking about an England versus South Africa semi. But that is now consigned to the history books and Richie Burnett and Mark Webster remain on course.
The format alters a little from this point onwards with four singles matches and a doubles match used to determine the winner of the tie. Although the format is supposed to favour the higher ranked team, here I feel it will favour the form team. Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/4 on Wales making consecutive PDC World Cup finals.
Despite the scare against South Africa, Wales have been mightily impressive so far this week. Webby has yet to drop a leg in his two singles matches, while Burnett had the highest three-dart average of the first round, at 97.35, then upped that a couple of points to 99.82 in defeat against an inspired Petersen.
In every one of the singles matches Wales are odds-against prices. The ones that particularly tempt me, though, are those involving Burnett. Boylesports offer 3/1 that he beats Taylor and Stan James go 9/4 that he beats Lewis.
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