Nicholson v Huybrechts: Asset to tame The Hurricane

His second round 4-0 win over Alan Tabern was as professional a performance as you will see

It may not be the greatest surprise that ninth seed Paul Nicholson has reached the third round having only dropped a solitary set, but for a man ranked 69th in the World to do it is an even more impressive achievement.

Kim Huybrechts upset the odds to win his first round match without dropping a set to Brendan Dolan, but was even more impressive as he saw off James Richardson 4-1 averaging 95.6, which will keep him in a match with the best of players.

The Hurricane has impressed on the tour this year and is following up his impressive run to the quarter-finals of the European Championships with this dash to the last 16 at the Ally Pally which will see him shooting up the rankings no matter what happens on Thursday afternoon.

Nicholson though has got to the stage where he is expected to reach this point and has done so without any of the drama of his entrances translating to his matches. His second round 4-0 win over Alan Tabern was as professional a performance as you will see, not giving his more experienced opponent a sniff and showing he will be taking no prisoners in this competition.

There is no previous form to go on as these two have never met in competition but obviously The Asset is a heavy favourite to progress to his second World Championship quarter-final, at a best price 3/10. I think it’s fair to say Huybrechts will give Nicho the closest game of his tournament so far but the Englishman has the focus to avoid an upset and prevail and guarantee himself at least a £25,000 festive pay-out.

I think the offer of 8/13 on Nicholson to win with a -1.5 handicap represents some pretty good value and how the game will go.

Recommended Bet:

Nicholson -1.5 sets @8/13 with Ladbrokes

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/12/2011 - 19:06 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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