O'Shea v Montgomery: Ross to Boss the 180s
Tony O’Shea and Ross Montgomery meet in one of only three all-seed second round matches. O’Shea booked his place in the last 16 with a facile 3-0 win over Steve West, while Montgomery was given a marginally sterner examination before beating Fabian Roosenbrand 3-1.
Silverback comes into the match with experience stacked heavily in his favour having reached two semis and one final already in his Lakeside career. He also has the marginal head-to-head advantage with three wins to Montgomery’s two in meetings between the pair.
However, just two points separate the players in the BDO Order of Merit – O’Shea ranked at eight, Montgomery at nine – and there was only one point difference in their first round three-dart averages. This promises to be one of the ties of the round between two extremely evenly matched players.
Experience on this stage naturally gives O’Shea the edge in the betting and Ladbrokes make the 50-year-old their 8/13 favourite to progress to the quarters. Victor Chandler offers a best price of 11/8 about the Scotsman emerging victorious.
With a close match expected the 8/13 Sky Bet offer on there being more than 5.5 sets in the best-of-seven match is likely to be a popular bet, as is, for the same reasons, the 4/5 that Boylesports propose for there being more than 8.5 180s in the match.
The best bet of the match, however, looks to be the 6/4 that Victor Chandler offers on The Boss hitting more 180s. In the first round Montgomery hit five maximums to O’Shea’s two, yet it is the Englishman made favourite in this market.
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