Nicholson v Brown: Consistency gives Asset advantage
The first round of any darts tournament is one that most players want to get through as quickly as possible and even more so when it is a best of 11 legs format. All it takes is one minor mistake from either player and their hopes are soon snatched away.
Paul Nicholson should have more than enough to see off the challenge of Steve Brown and the bookies certainly agree. His confidence is always high and he walks on to the oche feeling he can take on anyone. He is often portrayed as a cocky, over-confident player, who can talk-the-talk but this year he has finally started to live up to his own hype and has quickly become one of the most consistent tungsten-throwers on the circuit. He will also be eager to reclaim the trophy he won in 2010 and is available at an eye-catching 33/1 with Sporting Bet to achieve this.
His opponent, Steve Brown, is surely cursing his luck in this tournament. The Bomber was well beaten by Phil Taylor in the first round last time out and would surely have liked an easier task than taking on The Asset this time around. Brown will have to play his best darts if he is to stand a chance of progressing to the second round and even then, Nicholson may still have too much for the man from Brighton.
With Nicholson being a best-priced 4/11 with Skybet, there isn’t much value in backing the Geordie-Aussie. However, if he hit’s the ground running, Nicholson may wrap this match up quickly and Paddy Power are offering Evens on the Nicholson win with a -2.5 leg handicap.
The Asset also has a tendency of taking out some big checkouts and it wouldn’t be surprising if we are treated to a couple of ton-plus finishes. A lot of bookmakers are offering 8/13 on Nicholson to score the highest checkout of the match and this may be a wise choice.
Brown will no doubt have faith in his own ability and will be confident he can progress to the second round, however I believe the consistency of Nicholson will see him ease through this match up and possibly set him up for another great run.
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