Grand Slam Betting: Pipe v Chisnall
Arguably the two players in the best form of any going into the tournament, much was expected of both Dave Chisnall and Justin Pipe in Wolverhampton, but neither have had it their own way so far.
After the pair shared the last two Players Championships in Crawley they will have been full of confidence arriving at this event, but unfortunately they were facing what has been dubbed “the group of death.”
Chizzy was unlucky to be edged out by James Wade, and then got in the way of a raging bull as Terry Jenkins blew him away on Sunday night. This leaves the man from St Helens with only a narrow chance of qualification, but while that chance remains he is sure to fight on. If he can beat Pipe by more than three legs and Wade defeats Jenkins, Chisnall will qualify.
The Force suffered the same fate as Chisnall against Wade as the Machine won by a single leg, but his 5-1 hammering of Jenkins on the opening night leaves him in a strong position to qualify as he knows that any win will be enough.
Pipe seems to have a natural advantage over some opponents as his glacially slow style can put more rhythmic players off their game, something that Wade fully admitted to last night. Chizzy is a fairly measured player himself though so should be able to deal with the Force’s sloth-like tempo better than most, as his record of three wins from three head-to-heads would suggest.
The match will be a close one, but one department that seems very one-sided is the ability to hit maximums. Chisnall is prolific on the treble 20 and has hit seven 180s in his two contests so far, in comparison, Pipe has hit none. At 4/5 with SkyBet, it seems a sound bet to back Chisnall to hit the most maximums.
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