Newton v Burnett: Prince to battle the Warrior

The Welshman is priced up at 4/6 with a 2.5 legs head start

Wes Newton and Richie Burnett collide this Thursday night in what is sure to be a tightly contested game. Both players have seen a surge in form over the last year and will go into this tournament confident of building on their year to date, particularly as they sit in the favourable half of the draw, having avoided many of the big guns.

The bookmakers have Newton as the firm favourite at 2/5 on, while Burnett hasn’t been given much of a chance at 5/2. While it should be expected Newton will do enough to win, the form of Burnett seems to be ignored, having reached the semi-finals in Dublin and winning a Pro Tour tournament at the back end of September. Outsider backers may well see some slight value in Burnett.

A more likely outcome however may come on the handicap. The Welshman is priced up at 4/6 with a 2.5 legs head start on Newton. In a race to six, this could prove invaluable. The Prince of Wales showed some gritty battling qualities in his run at the Grand Prix, even taking a couple of sets from Phil Taylor, and will no doubt be silently confident with the quiet resurgence of his career.

Newton, however, has also had a productive year. Having reached the final of the UK Open and climbed to number 7 in the World Rankings. Boylesports go 4/5 that we see more than three 180s in a match that could well go the distance providing more opportunities for the big scores to be hit.

Whatever happens, this is sure to be one of the more entertaining matches of the first round and perhaps the tournament. With a noticeably weaker half of the draw on their sides, this may well be the match that includes one of our finalists.

Recommended bets:

Richie Burnett +2.5 legs @ 4/6 with Victor Chandler

Over 3.5 180s @ 4/5 with Boylesports

Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 08/12/2011 - 17:05 PM
Filed in:- Players Championship Finals Betting News

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