Newton v Webster: Webby to entrap the Warrior
James Wade’s elimination at the quarter-finals stage means that we are guaranteed a maiden winner of a PDC major this evening in Doncaster. The winner of this semi-final is certain to go into the final as the strong favourite.
Despite having a world title to his name Mark Webster was visibly shaking towards the end of his last-8 match with Dave Chisnall – a sign of just how much a first PDC major would mean to him. As he did in the last-16, Webby benefited from his opponent’s inability to close out the game, and when things like that keep happening you begin to think it is your tournament.
But he’ll need to be at his very best here when he takes on a Wes Newton that has looked solid ever since coming back from two legs down in his first round match against Richie Burnett.
Ranked number six and seven in the world these two were earmarked at the start of the tournament to have a good run. Just £3,000 separates them in the rankings and Sky Bet can’t separate them in the betting, with 10/11 available on the pair.
However, most other bookmakers have Webster down as the slight outsider and Victor Chandler, amongst others, are offering 11/10 about the Welshman. At the slightly bigger odds it is worth siding with the 2008 Lakeside champion, and by placing your bet with Victor Chandler there’s a nice little insurance that means you get paid out, even if Webster loses, if he hits a 170 checkout in the match.
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