Scotland v South Africa: Wright to stamp authority
Having knocked out last year’s semi-finalists in the opening round South Africa now face Scotland for a place in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Cup.
It was an assured and impressive performance from Devon Petersen and Shawn Hogan that helped them edge past last year’s surprise package, but they’ll need to dig even deeper to continue their run and beat a Scotland side that are fancied to go deep in the tournament.
Petersen did the majority of the scoring against Spain, but Hogan did more than just stand and watch. Infrequently did he stray out of the 20 bed and he rarely wasted Petersen’s good work by following up with low scores. That said, with Hogan up against Gary Anderson in the singles, the South Africans are looking to Petersen to keep them in the tie.
If Peter Wright needed any insight into this opponents game then he need only ask his playing partner. Petersen pushed Anderson all the way at the recent World Championships and when he gets in the groove he can be a real handful. However, we cannot ignore the fact that 28 places separate Wright and Petersen in the rankings.
Snakebite is now firmly established as a top 32 player and he should have the edge over his opponent. Except the bookies don’t see it that way. Had Petersen been priced at odds of, say 2/1, then there would be plenty of reason to back the man from Cape Town, but with BetVictor offering 5/6 on each there can be only one bet.
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