Painter v Monk: After the Lord Mayor's show

In six televised Grand Slam of Darts matches Monk has yet to register a win

Kevin Painter ended his long wait for a PDC major title by winning the Players Championship Finals in Doncaster last weekend. But his mood will be dampened considerably should he not follow that up with a win over Arron Monk in their opening round match at Alexandra Palace this Monday evening.

The victory moved Painter up to number nine – from 22 – in the world rankings and a deep run here could give him a genuine chance of playing in next season’s Premier League; an outcome that would top a remarkable turnaround in The Artist’s fortunes.

That, however, is all in the future, and he’ll need to be on his game to beat one of the game’s up and coming youngsters, Arron Monk. The 21-year-old won last year’s Under-21 World title by beating Michael van Gerwen in the final on this stage 12 months ago, but has struggled a little when mixing it with the game’s senior players in front of the cameras.

In six televised Grand Slam of Darts matches Monk has yet to register a win. He also has a tendency to beat himself up when things aren’t going his way, and that will play into the experienced hands of Painter.

There are few in the game more adept at sensing how to ruffle an opponent’s feathers than The Artist. If he can get in about Monk early on this could be a procession.

Recommended Bet:

Back Painter -1.5 sets @ 11/10 with William Hill

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 19/12/2011 - 14:15 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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