Painter v Van Barneveld: Barney to land the 180 odds
Kevin Painter and Raymond Van Barneveld go into this match on the back of disappointing results in week 8 of the McCoy's Premier League. The Artist has set into a rot with three straight convincing defeats, while Barney did not show anything like the form he has displayed so far in a whimpering 8-2 loss against Adrian Lewis.
Aside from that, however, Van Barneveld is the deserved favourite at 8/11 as he sits second in the table behind run away leader Phil Taylor. Painter is the rank outsider at 9/4 and will need to up his dire tournament average of 90 if he is to avoid being further dragged out of contention for a play-off spot. It is difficult to judge, however, if Barney's poorest display of the tournament so far will drag his confidence down and those who believe that may also look at the draw price of 9/2 for two out-of-form players who could cancel each other out.
I personally believe, however, it was a mere blip. Even in some of his prior defeats to James Wade and Phil Taylor, the Dutchman has been throwing some decent arrows, while the dogged Painter has clawed and scrapped his way to the victories he has recorded. Barney has 10 points in the tournaments averages in his favour on Painter as well as almost double the maximums of the Artist, despite playing four fewer legs over the course of the tournament so far. The odds of 8/13 on offer for the Den Haag man to land the most 180s looks as good a bet as any.
Also, as previously stated before their last encounter, Van Barneveld has only lost once to Painter in 11 years, as he holds somewhat of an Indian sign over the Artist. Back Barney to land the odds in the 180s market.
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