King v Van Gerwen: Merv has his game face on

A 98 average showed he really means business

Without being disrespectful to Australian qualifier Geoff Kime, Mervyn King without doubt had the most comfortable first round tie, but will not expect any more of the same against an in-form Michael van Gerwen.

The youth tour seems to have put the Dutchman back into a winning rhythm and his performances at the Grand Slam were impressive as he topped his group and only narrowly lost out to Ted Hankey at the last-16 stage.

He was unfortunate to come up against a rampant Gary Anderson at the Players Championships but it doesn’t seem to have knocked him off his game as he averaged nearly 94 in his first round tie against the ever-competitive Colin Osborne who succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.

King reached the quarter-finals in Doncaster last month and put in a highly professional performance against Kime who was clearly struggling and could have put King off his game. A 98 average showed he really means business, and will expect to keep his scoring level up there throughout the tournament.

The record between the two is an interesting one as it was Mighty Mike who had the better of his older opponent back in their BDO days, but things have changed since then with Mervyn winning eight of their last nine encounters over the last four years.

As such the two-time world finalist is a strong favourite for victory and can be backed at 8/15 compared to the 22-year-old’s best price of 7/4. Van Gerwen has looked good of late, but there is something about Mervyn King at the minute that suggests he is going to have a real go at this tournament, and I expect there to be an unbelievably tasty third round tie between him and Simon Whitlock later in the week. I fancy King with a -1.5 handicap, which you can take at Evens with the tournament sponsors Ladbrokes.

Recommended Bet:

Mervyn King (-1.5) to win @ Evens with Ladbrokes


Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/12/2011 - 10:49 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News


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