Part v Painter: Heavyweight match could go either way

it looks like things are all coming together nicely for Darth Maple

To reach the third round of the World Championships a player clearly has to be in a pretty decent run of form, but in John Part and Kevin Painter, we have two players who are putting in their best performances in recent memory.

Part’s record at the World Championships since winning it back in 2008 has been woeful, going out in the first round twice and the second round in between. However, he has had a much tougher draw this year with a strong first round opponent in John Henderson and then being second favourite against Richie Burnett in the last 32, and he has sailed through with no drama whatsoever.

With three wins in the Players Championship tournaments over the year, it looks like things are all coming together nicely for Darth Maple whose experience in match-play darts is shining through. His averages of 88 and 91 in the tournament so far are not earth shattering, but he has only dropped one set, showing he knows exactly what is needed from him at each juncture.

Painter was dealt an equally tricky draw over the first two rounds and conquered his foes in a different but equally impressive way. His victory over Aaron Monk was fairly routine, but his battling win over Mark Walsh last week was as hard fought a success as you are likely to see, and proves he has all the qualities needed to go far in the tournament.

Not that the Artist needs to prove he has these qualities; after his £60,000 success at the Players Championship last month he is clearly in a serious purple patch, and he reached the final of the Worlds back in 2004 so he can handle the biggest stage in the sport.

What may be playing on his mind though is that he has reached two semi-finals of the World Championships, and on both occasions he lost to his opponent on Thursday, John Part. In fact, Part has won 10 of the 12 contests between the two since their last four clash back in 2003.

Despite this, Painter is odds on favourite for the match at best price 4/6 whereas you can back the Canadian at 6/4. There is next to nothing in it really and although Part was in a similar situation in the last round against Burnett, he won comfortably, so I would hesitate to rule him out.

The one trend that does seem to be appearing is that Painter will score the better average, so backing this at 4/7 is one of the safer options in a match that could so easily go either way.

Recommended Bet:

Painter to score higher 3-dart average @ 4/7 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/12/2011 - 18:16 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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